Senior of the Year Awards

The Hamilton Municipal Senior Service Awards honour seniors who are 65 and older that have made an outstanding voluntary contribution to enrich the social, cultural or civic life of our community.

Nominations can be submitted from February 1 to March 31 each year. The Senior of the Year Awards Dinner and Ceremony takes place in June.

 2018 Senior of the Year Award Winners

On June 12, 2018, Hamilton’s seniors were recognized for their outstanding volunteer contributions to the community at the City of Hamilton’s 23rd Annual Senior of the Year Awards at Michelangelo’s Events and Conference Centre. Hosted by local media personality Linda Rourke, this annual award program celebrates seniors who are 65 and older and contribute their time and talents in service to others or the community. 

Congratulations to the 2018 winners:

  • Betty Kobayashi - 2018 Senior of the Year
  • Carolann Fernandes - Leadership Award
  • Gary Gibson - Economic Leadership Award
  • Patricia Smith - Healthy & Active Living Award
  • Leo Dunn - Behind the Scenes Award
  • Molly Chang - Diversity & Cultural Award
  • Karina Kane - Compassion & Companionship
  • Christian Kruter - Innovation Award
  • Sylvia Parr - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Ben Weingartner - Youth Award

Find out more about each winner

Group photo of the 2018 Senior of the Year Award Winners

 

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a Senior Award, the senior must meet these criteria:

  • Be 65 years or older
  • Has contributed to the enrichment of the social, cultural or civic life of the Hamilton community
  • Has made this commitment without thought of personal or financial gain
  • Is not a previous recipient of the award
  • Provided the special work or service during/ after the age of 65 (Lifetime Achievement Award excluded)
  • Has resided within the City of Hamilton for at least five years prior to nomination
  • Must be a current resident of the City of Hamilton

Youth Award Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a Youth Award, the youth must meet these criteria:

  • Be 15 to 24 years of age
  • Has made this commitment without thought of personal or financial gain
  • Provided the special work or service during/ after  required hours for high school
  • Have volunteered with seniors for a large amount of time with a charity, not-for-profit or person
  • Is a role model for other young people and inspires them to volunteer
  • Must be a current resident of the City of Hamilton

Submission guidelines

  • One nomination form per nominee
  • All information must be verifiable
  • Submissions must include:
    • reason for the nomination
    • the special work or service
    • the effect it had on the community
    • who has benefited from these efforts