Ontario Senior of the Year Award
The Ontario Senior of the Year is awarded by the Ministry for Seniors Accessibility, and gives each municipality in Ontario the opportunity to honour one outstanding local Ontarian who after the age of 65 has voluntarily contributed to their community. Many different areas include the arts, literature, community service, education, fitness and sport or humanitarian activities.
Additional Recognition Awards
Those nominated for Senior of the Year are also considered for the following awards of achievement. Please ensure your submission includes a detailed description of the nominees' accomplishments that pertain to any of the additional awards.
Bernie Morelli Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award is designed to recognize a senior volunteer who has demonstrated excellence in long-term service, commitment to the community and dedication to volunteerism.
The Innovation Award celebrates innovation through the creation of new or different programs, or services that have had a significant impact on their community and or affect the lives of seniors in the City of Hamilton.
Ron Smithson Leadership Award
The Leadership Award is designed to recognize a senior who consistently demonstrates dedication, motivation and a positive attitude. This individual acts as a role model, and inspires commitment from others to reach goals and accomplishments. The volunteer is passionate about serving others and demonstrates excellent skills in service to both internal and external customers. This individual possesses outstanding attributes, such as a "can-do" attitude, excellent communication skills, resourcefulness, creativity, reliability and overall passion within their volunteer role. This volunteer sets a high level of integrity by leading through example.
Diversity and Cultural Award
The Diversity and Cultural Award is given to a volunteer who has achieved excellence in diversity and promoting positive results in making a difference to the community. The volunteer has assisted with developing creative and effective programs to bring our diverse cultures together. Expands public recognition and elevates awareness of common values including respect for all citizens. Shows a a sense of community and a concern for its preservation of cultural traditions.
Mary Smithson Compassion and Companionship Award
The Compassion and Companionship Award is given to a volunteer who demonstrates fellowship and friendship through both verbal and non-verbal behaviours, such as a smile or handshake. They actively listen to others demonstrating empathy and concern. This person is someone who is quick to advocate and support the most vulnerable within our community.
Economic Leadership Award
The Economic Leadership Award is for a senior volunteer whose financial management/ leadership and/ or fundraising efforts have contributed to the livelihood of the organization. This volunteer has helped lead the way or made great strides in accomplishing the financial goals of an organization.
Healthy and Active Living Award
The Healthy and Active Living Award is given to a senior volunteer who has assisted an organization become and/ or remain active, or has been instrumental in implementing healthy lifestyle programming. This individual has helped remove barriers and/ or "open doors" to encourage involvement and participation within an organization.
Behind the Scene Award
The Behind the Scene Award is given to a volunteer who is not highly visible but is always there willing to assist in any way possible to better their community. The individual is dedicated to helping the community grow, prosper and enhance the quality of life of those who live and visit Hamilton.
The Youth Award is given to a youth between the ages of 15 to 24 that provides special work or service for seniors during or after their required hours for high school. The individual is dedicated to volunteering with seniors and serves as a role model for other young people.
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