Oakville’s Community Spirit Awards have been recognizing individuals and groups for their outstanding contribution to the Oakville community since 2002. Volunteerism is alive and well in Oakville!
This was clear at the 11th Annual 2012 Community Spirit Awards gala where the efforts of eight hard working community champions and runner-up nominees, were celebrated during the ceremony at the Oakville Conference Centre.
The Weather Network’s Chris Mei, emcee for the evening, entertained the audience as sponsors recognized and presented the following eight awards to the winning recipients:
Stephen Cull: Access Award sponsored by MEDIchair Halton. Through Charterability, Stephen has provided free recreational boating for those with various disabilities and founded Cruise for a Cause.
Jean Grieve: Arts Award sponsored by the Oakville Beaver. Jean is a major contributor to the arts in Oakville and founded the Halton Youth Symphony as well as the Oakville Suzuki Association.
Blake Poland: Environmental Award sponsored by Tim Hortons. Blake is president of the West Kerr Village Resident’s Association and educates residents about environmental awareness and stewardship.
Halton Food for Thought: Group Volunteer Award sponsored by Sun Life Financial. Served nearly 500,000 meals in 2011-12, providing a warm caring environment where children feel welcome.
George Chisholm: Heritage and History Award sponsored by Genworth Financial. George, a member and leader in the Oakville Historical Society, has an avid interest in sharing his knowledge of Oakville’s rich heritage.
Cheryl Kozak: Individual Volunteer Award sponsored by Paradiso Restaurant. A volunteer who will always go the extra mile, Cheryl joined Acclaim Health in 1996 and visits socially isolated seniors in need of support.
Colin Woodstock: Senior Award sponsored by Sunrise Senior Living. Colin has volunteered for the Oakville Strokers for 13 years, delivers Meals on Wheels and drives cancer survivors to Wellspring.
Oakville Trafalgar High School Lunch Buddies Club: Youth Award sponsored by RBC Royal Bank. The Oakville Trafalgar High School Lunch Buddies Club are special students who have chosen to work daily with peers who have developmental challenges.
The awards were created and designed by artist Vanesa Trillia, a student from the Ceramics Crafts and Design Program at Sheridan College. Each of the awards referenced Oakville’s waterfront landscape and included the colours and textures of earth and water; a signed, one-of-a-kind tribute to each winner.
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