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Parkdale Food Centre receives the 2017 ‘ Poverty to Possibility’ Community Builder of the Year Award. Photo courtesy of United Way Ottawa.

Nominations open for the Ottawa Community Builder of the Year awards

By Greggory Clark on January 29, 2018


Nominations are now open for the 2018 Ottawa Community Builder Awards, which United Way Ottawa has been presenting to local change-makers for more than 15 years now. These awards celebrate the positive contributions made to Ottawa communities, neighbourhoods and industries, in seven distinct categories:

  1. Community Builder of the Year: An exceptional person or organization.
  2. Ambassador Award: A person who has gone above and beyond in reaching out to partners in the community.
  3. Poverty to Possibility: A person or organization who is working to improve the lives of vulnerable people, including homeless youth, immigrants and people with disabilities.
  4. All That Kids Can Be: A person or organization who is working to improve conditions for children and youth.
  5. Healthy People, Strong Communities: A person or group who is working to improve the lives of vulnerable people, including seniors, people living in poverty and those facing mental health or addiction issues.
  6. GenNext Award: A person in their 20s and 30s or a group who inspires others in the community through advocacy, awareness, altruism, or action.
  7. Community Impact Award: A public or private sector organization that has invested in issues with a local focus, engaging the participating of others to invest and raise awareness.

Between now and February 26, you’re invited to nominate a person, organization, partnership, agency or neighbourhood group that has played a significant role in bringing about change in our community. Use this online form to submit your nomination.

Nominees and winners will be honoured at the annual Community Builder of the Year Awards Gala at the Shaw Centre on May 31, 2018.

Last year’s recipients included Aaron Cayer, the co-founder of For Pivot’s Sake and the Ottawa Skateboard Community Association, as well as Beau’s Brewery, recognized for their charitable work and contributions to local communities. In 2017, Beau’s donated more than half a million dollars to charity, community organizations, and the independent arts.