Every year, we pay tribute to deserving residents, businesses and organizations for their outstanding efforts in the community. Our Community Recognition Awards acknowledge leadership, volunteerism, and individual and group achievements within the community.

Thank you to those that submitted a nomination for this year’s program. 

Aurora's 2021 Community Recognition Awards program


2021 Community Recognition Award Winners

Citizen of the Year
Eric McCartney
Award Winners
  • Pine Tree Potters’ Guild, Arts and Culture Award
  • Kate Greavette, Community LeadershipAward
  • Nancy Scott Stanley, Community Safety Award
  • Colin Campbell, Campbell Real Estate Good Business Award
  • David Pilkey, Good Neighbour Award
  • Turtle Tias, Green Award
  • Jay Saveall, Green Side Up Contracting Inclusivity Award
  • Jane Snape, Senior Volunteer Award
  • Max Le Moine, Youth Volunteer Award

Volunteer service to the community:

  • 20 years: Carol Bartlett, Doug Bond, Alex Van Hemert
  • 25 years: Katie Williams
  • 30 years: Lowell McClenny, Don Stubbs
  • 40 yeas: Sheena Griffith

 

Award categories

Volunteer Service Award

Awarded to individuals with 20 or more (25, 30, 35, 40) years of continuous service to the Aurora community.

Nomination criteria

Nomination form must be accompanied by a letter of reference verifying the years of continuous service.

  • Please note: To recognize service awards for 5, 10, or 15 years of continued service, please submit a nomination form indicating the years of service, and the Mayor and Members of Council would be happy to present these awards to the volunteers at your Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Youth Volunteer Award 

This award is presented to a citizen up to the age of 19 who, through their volunteer efforts, has made a significant contribution to the community and has demonstrated their commitment to being a positive leader today and in the future.

Nomination criteria

  • Nominee must be 19 years of age or younger and have volunteered on behalf of or within the Town of Aurora for at least two (2) years.
  • Nominees must have volunteered above and beyond any Community Service requirement hours and must not have completed their volunteer work as part of their employment.

Senior Volunteer Award

This award is presented to a citizen above the age of 55, who, through their volunteer efforts, has made a significant contribution to the community and has demonstrated their commitment to being a positive leader today and in the future.
Please Note: 
  • Nominee must be 55 years of age or older and have volunteered on behalf of or within the Town of Aurora for at least two (2) years.

Green Award

Honouring an individual, business or community organization that supports the protection, preservation, sustainability or conservation of our natural environment, this award celebrates those who share the Town’s commitment to creating a greener community.

Arts and Culture Award

Inspired by the Johnsons family, this award is presented to an individual or group that has enhanced our community through their support or promotion of culture, music, visual, performing, or the literary arts.

Community Leadership Award

This award is presented to an individual, youth, business, community organization, or not-for-profit
organization that has significantly enhanced the Town through their contribution, commitment, and
leadership in the areas of charitable giving, civic engagement, community events, or community spirit.

Good Neighbour Award

Inspired by Frank Camenzuli, this award is presented to someone who embodies what it means to be a good neighbour; this award recognizes and celebrates the simple acts of kindness and compassion that help create connected and vibrant neighbourhoods.

Nomination criteria

Please Note: Nominees will not be considered for this award if their nomination involved monetary
compensation or fulfilling duties of their employment.

Good Business Award

This award is presented to an Aurora business that has shown its commitment to assisting Aurora’s
economic prosperity, corporate responsibility, and community involvement through its ongoing support of charitable causes, events, or programs.

Inclusivity Award

This award is presented to an individual, group, or business which has contributed to making the Town of Aurora a more accessible and/or inclusive place to live, work, and play for all people regardless of race, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, age, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, family status, or ability.

Community Safety Award

Presented to an individual dedicated to the development, promotion or support of initiatives that improve community safety, this award recognizes that safer communities only happen when individuals take action to make a difference.
  • Please Note: This could be awarded to an employee who goes beyond the scope of their employment duties.

Citizen of the Year Award

The Town of Aurora's Citizen of the Year Award is an annual award recognizing the exceptional
contributions made by a local citizen to our community.
The Citizen of the Year Award has been awarded by the Town of Aurora since 1970. This individual is selected by the Office of the Mayor in consultation with a small group of dedicated community volunteers.
This award recipient has demonstrated all-round community involvement rather than specific activity or contribution.

Nomination criteria

  1. Nominee must be a citizen of the Town of Aurora who is at least 16 years of age, excluding elected Members of Council or employees of the Town of Aurora.
  2. Nominations may be made by an individual citizen, a group of citizens, and/or a Town organization.
  3. Nomination form must be accompanied by at least one (1) letter of no more than two (2) pages, detailing the recent or ongoing activities or contributions of the nominee in the Town of Aurora. These activities should demonstrate all-round community involvement rather than a specific activity or contribution.
  4. Additional independent letters of support are encouraged.
  5. Special consideration may be given to nominees younger than 16 years of age, if the evaluation group deems such a nomination applicable and the nominee meets all other criteria.
The evaluation group will give priority to nominations that recognize a nominee’s recent or ongoing
activities or contributions to the Town of Aurora. Special consideration may be given to posthumous
nominations or to nominees whose activities or contributions occurred more than three (3) years ago, if the evaluation group deems such nominations applicable and the nominee meets all other criteria.

Reference

2020 Award Winners:

Citizen of the Year
Tom Connor
Award Winners

Alex Ansell

Joe Anselmo – Harvey’s Swiss Chalet

Steve Falk

Gary Kryshka 

Lisa Leoni

Ken McIsaac

Vic Metcalfe

Luka Miljanov

John O’Heir

The Optimist Club of Aurora

Sam Paputsis

Grant Perry

Karsen Roy

Olivia Scott

Terry Sherin

Theatre Aurora

John Thompson

Rob Whiting

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