Town of Oakville names nominees for Community Spirit Awards


Published October 4, 2021 at 5:23 pm

The Town of Oakville has named the 32 nominees for the 2021 Community Spirit Awards. KERRVILLAGE.CA PHOTO

The Town of Oakville has announced the 32 nominees for the 2021 Community Spirit Awards.

“Congratulations to the following individuals, organizations, businesses and community groups who have been nominated for their dedication and commitment to the Oakville community through their volunteer efforts,” the Town of Oakville said in release on Monday.

This marks the 20th year the Community Spirit Awards is being celebrated.

With last year’s awards cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the past two years have been combined this year into one special event.

This year’s Community Spirit Awards will be held at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (OCPA), located at 130 Navy Street, on Thursday, October 28 at 7 p.m.

Award-winning local artist Kara Bruce, who specializes in drawing and sculpture (in particular stone relief carving), is the designer of this year’s Community Spirit Awards.

The nominees are:

Access Award – sponsored by Access Abilities

  • Sybil Rampen – Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre
  • Ruth Sheridan – EnVision 

Arts Award – sponsored by The Oakville Beaver

  • Leslie Ashworth – Suite Melody Care

Group Volunteer Award – sponsored by FirstOntario Credit Union

  • The HIVE
  • River Oaks Park Run
  • Canada Court Watch
  • The Innovators Council
  • Distress Centre Halton Volunteer Trainers
  • Oakville Chinese Network Society
  • Seniors Forum Canada 

Heritage Award – sponsored by Sagen

  • Angela Parsons
  • Mark Verlinden
  • Jody Harbour
  • Min Joon Kim

Individual Volunteer Award – sponsored by Budds’ Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC

  • Narine Dat Sookram
  • Matthew Aslett
  • Linda Lightfoot
  • Vimla Martinez de Hoz
  • Anju Anand and Raj Grewal
  • Joanne Lozier

Senior Award – sponsored by Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence

  • Margaret Andrews
  • Marcia Delamere
  • Phone- A- Friend
  • Marlene Bristol
  • Shaukat Rizvi

Youth Award  sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

  • Sarah Yasini
  • Kusha Shirani
  • Haolin Wang
  • Bob Li
  • Eryn Lee
  • Mustafa Hmood
  • Erin Zhang

The Community Spirit Awards is being emceed by Weather Network host Chris Mei and will also feature pre-recorded performances by Girls Nite Out comedy troupe and jazz singer Molly Johnson.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, seating capacity at the OCPA is limited. Nominees will be able to welcome to invite one guest and their nominator.

For those unable to attend in person, the Town is offering a virtual option, which will be streamed live on October 28 from

The Town is taking all necessary steps and precautions to ensure the health and safety of patrons, staff and volunteers.

All applicable COVID-19 protocols will be in place during the awards ceremony, including wearing masks and physical distancing, as required.

In accordance with provincial regulations, patrons who are 12 years of age and older and attending in person must provide proof of full vaccination.

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