OACAO members can celebrate and recognize the success and achievements of special volunteers, staff, and community partners that make their organization amazing. 

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 OACAO Awards Program. The successful nominees will be honoured at the OACAO 2020 virtual Annual Meeting on Monday, October 26, 2020. The OACAO Awards Program is generously sponsored by Arbor Memoria this year.  Please see the list of Awards below and consider submitting a nomination by 4:30pm EDT Thursday, October 15, 2020:

Award of Merit:

The purpose of this award is to recognize exceptional effort and contribution to the field of Older Adults/Seniors.  Anyone is eligible to receive this award.

Award of Merit may be conferred for:

  • Outstanding leadership contribution to the field of Older Adult Centres or Seniors Active Living Centre
  • Making a significant impact on the lives of older adults in their community or across Ontario

Community Spirit Award:

This award recognizes an organization, partner or business that has displayed exceptional effort and commitment, on behalf of Older Adults / Centres, through age friendly service, accessibility, and/or advocacy.

Trailblazer Award:

This award recognizes a novice staff person in the field of Older Adults and Seniors Active Living Centres whose personal achievements and professional accomplishments have furthered the sector. The nominee must have proven leadership and dedication and have been employed for a maximum of 3 years in the sector.

Regional Award of Excellence:

This award recognizes a representative from an OACAO Region, who has shown a considerable amount of effort and commitment to the Older Adult sector /Seniors Active Living Centres (SALC), to increase awareness of, and advocacy for, the OACAO and its’ programs and opportunities, and by coordinating and/or participating in OACAO Regional Workshops and/or other OACAO initiatives.