Community champions celebrated at Community Spirit Awards

Friday, June 07, 2024

Oakville’s outstanding volunteers were celebrated for their exemplary contributions to the community at the 22nd Annual Community Spirit Awards held last night at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.  

The 2024 Community Spirit Award recipients are: 

  • Rachel Williams - Arts, Culture and Heritage Award – sponsored by Oakville News/Village Media
  • Gweneth Arumainayagam - Climate Action Award – sponsored by FirstOntario Credit Union
  • Charles Yaeck - Good Neighbour Award – sponsored by Chartwell Retirement Residences
  • Olamidotun Votu-Obada - Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Award – sponsored by Access Abilities
  • Joachim (Joe) Berkmanns and Ruth Sheridan - Inspiration Award – sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
  • Fatima Sultan - Leadership and Innovation Award – sponsored by Amica Senior Lifestyles

This year’s awards were designed by local artist Cathy Lorraway who specializes in vibrant landscape paintings. Individual unique paintings were presented to each award recipient at the event, which was emceed by media personality Chris Mei.

To learn more about Community Spirit Awards and this year’s recipients and to find photos from the event, visit the Community Spirit Awards page.


“Congratulations to the 2024 Community Spirit Award recipients and nominees. Thank you to our residents and groups who spend countless hours volunteering their time to make our town a better place to live, work and play.” 

– Mayor Rob Burton


  • Oakville Community Spirit Awards are presented annually to individuals, organizations, businesses, and community groups who have demonstrated ongoing leadership, dedication and involvement in Oakville.
  • A selection committee made up of Council members and community leaders reviewed each nomination and selected the recipients.