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[Call for nominations] Community Builder Awards: COVID-19 Heroes Edition

By Apartment613 and United Way East Ontario on May 11, 2020


Every year, United Way East Ontario honours our communities outstanding volunteers through our Community Builder Award (CBA) program. The CBA program honours the organizations, partnerships, agencies, neighbourhood groups and individuals who work tirelessly and collaboratively to make our communities better for everyone.

While COVID-19 has changed the ways we gather, celebrate, and honour one another, it has not changed the way our community steps up to support and help each other in times of crisis.

In support of United Way East Ontario, Apartment613 is proud to co-present the Community Builder Awards: COVID-19 Heroes Edition.

When physical distancing measures were put in place by local health authorities, t​here was, and continues to be a growing need to support those who are most vulnerable, and whose circumstances might be more difficult under COVID-19. Many people have stepped up and are generously giving their time and resources to make a difference during this time of need. ​

While COVID-19 has made things more challenging for many, we have also seen people across the region band together. From making essential grocery trips for immunocompromised neighbours, to making wellness phone call checks for seniors, to helping newcomer families access the support services they need—volunteers have come together now when we need them the most.

We are now accepting nominations for the COVID-19 Heroes Edition of our Community Builder Awards. Nominations will be open until 11:59 PM on May 28th, 2020, and will be announced on June 13th, 2020. Recipients will be selected based on criteria including the following:

  • Volunteer work has gone above and beyond amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to support neighbours in need, vulnerable groups, or the community at-large.
  • Volunteer work is a model for others and has had a measurable impact in our community.
  • Volunteer work is beyond the normal scope of their professional duties and is not a paid position.
  • Prior volunteerism is an asset.
  • Nominees’ volunteer efforts in the community should closely align to United Way’s work – whether it’s supporting people with mental health struggles, helping vulnerable seniors, assisting newcomers or refugees transition to life in a new country, giving kids the chance to succeed and more.

Wall of Inspiration

Community Builder Award recipients are inscribed permanently on Walls of Inspiration in Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark County and Renfrew County so people will know their contributions for years to come.

While we don’t yet know when we will be able to gather again at the Wall of Inspiration, we look forward to adding the names of COVID-19 Heroes to these walls in the future.

“The Wall of Inspiration is about bringing together outstanding volunteers and celebrating the positive imprint their work has left on our community. Beyond our wishes to recognize their valuable work, we also want to inspire the rest of the community to become involved,” says Michael Allen, President and CEO, United Way East Ontario.