Senior of the Year Awards

Senior of the Year Awards Recipients

2022 Award Winners

The Senior of the Year Awards recognizes seniors in Hamilton who have made outstanding voluntary contributions to enriching the social, cultural or civic life of our community.

Learn more and submit your nominations by June 27 at 4 pm. 

The 2022 Award Winners will be announced in Fall 2022.

Previous Winners

The 2021 Senior of the Year Awards winners are:

  • Jeanne Mayo - 2021 Senior of the Year
  • Dr. Bill Evans - Innovation Award
  • Gene Fama – Behind the Scenes Award
  • Dr. Al Fernandez – Compassion and Companionship Award
  • Patti Idenouye - Healthy and Active Living Award
  • Mathew Kavanakudy - Economic Leadership Award
  • Dr. Kanwal Shankardass - Leadership Award
  • Helena Streun - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Kiara Mech - Youth Supporting Seniors Award
     

Collage of 2021 Senior Award Winners Photos

The 2020 Senior of the Year Awards winners are:

  • Ica Smith - 2020 Senior of the Year
  • Dave Davey - Behind the Scenes Award
  • David Dedrick - Innovation Award
  • Margaret Harris - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Jean Lethbridge - Economic Leadership Award
  • Lee McKay - Compassion and Companionship Award
  • Archie McQueen - Healthy and Active Living Award
  • Dr. Sri Gopal Mohanty - Diversity and Cultural Award
  • Penelope Petrie - Leadership Award

2020 Senior Award Winners

The 2019 Senior of the Year Awards winners are:

  • Roy Jones - 2019 Senior of the Year
  • Florence Binkley - Bernie Morelli Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Ken Dolbear - Ron Smithson Leadership Award
  • Gunther Kraft - Economic Leadership Award
  • Albert Graham  - Innovation Award
  • Shuja Qureshi - Diversity and Cultural Award
  • Rick James - Behind the Scenes Award
  • Walter Decker - Healthy and Active Living Award
  • Pat Simpson - Mary Smithson Compassion and Companionship Award
  • Maryam Butrus - Youth Supporting Seniors Award

Group of 2019 Award Winners

The 2018 Senior of the Year Awards winners are:

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

Group photo of the 2018 Senior of the Year Award Winners

The 2017 Senior of the Year Awards winners are:

  • Lillian Wherry - Senior of the Year
  • Jake van Mil - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Ruby Sarmiento Amog - Leadership Award
  • Wilfred Arndt - Economic Leadership Award
  • Mary Lou Collett - Healthy & Active Living Award
  • Bob Harris - Behind the Scenes Award
  • Mohammad Heidary - Diversity & Cultural Award
  • Myrtle Inwood - Compassion & Companionship
  • Shirley Kitchener - Innovation Award
  • June Pearce - Compassion & Companionship

Group picture of the 2017 Senior of the Year Awards

The 2016 Senior of the Year Awards winners are:

  • Edward Dunn - Senior of the Year Award
  • Anne Washington - Mary Smithson Compassion and Companionship Award
  • Mary Kiss - Economic Leadership Award
  • Marg Cheyne - Behind the Scene Award
  • Andrew Tallach - Healthy and Active Living Award
  • Claudette Joseph - Diversity and Cultural Award
  • Gerry Polmanter - Leadership Award
  • Dr. Lester Krames - Innovation Award
  • Frank Sullivan - Bernie Morelli Lifetime Achievement Award

The 2015 Senior of the Year Awards winners are:

  • Fred Miscio - Senior of the Year Award
  • Jan Lukas - Bernie Morelli Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Jean McEachern - Mary Smithson Compassion and Companionship Award
  • Lou DeStephanis - Healthy and Active Living Award
  • Chester Faulknor - Leadership Award
  • Dave Watts - Behind the Scenes Award
  • Michael Edward Grant - Diversity and Cultural Award
  • Bob Thomson - Economic Leadership Award
  • Emmy Weisz - Innovation Award

  • Patricia Saunders - Senior of the Year Award
  • Lois Goodale - Bernie Morelli Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Julian D’Angela - Innovation Award
  • William Grahlman - Behind the Scene Award
  • Gail Rappolt - Diversity and Cultural Award
  • Al Gordon - Leadership Award
  • Frank Ernest - Compassion and Companionship Award
  • Margaret Robertson - Economic Leadership Award
  • George Wallace - Healthy and Active Living Award