2018 Nominations Now Open!

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Who will you nominate this year?

Celebration of People is an annual awards program and dinner event held each year to recognize the achievements and contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations promoting accessibility, inclusion and full community participation by citizens with disabilities. The 2018 awards dinner date and venue will be announced soon. The first event in Ottawa was held in 2001.


Nominations are open for 2018!  Do you know people and businesses that inspire you?  You probably do.  Check the list of award categories below and nominate someone.  They deserve to be recognized for the outstanding lives they lead and the contributions they make to our community and you will be pleased that you made this recognition possible! We are looking forward to receiving nomination packages about the people and businesses that inspire you, you can view our Nomination Guide or read on for details on our awards! We are also offering bursaries for students with disabilities attending one of the four post-secondary institutions in Ottawa.

Accessibility Award

The Accessibility Award recognizes innovative projects and/or individual efforts that enhance accessibility, independence and inclusion for people with disabilities above and beyond established requirements. This award seeks to recognize buildings, interior or outdoor spaces, technology or services.

Advocacy Award

The Advocacy Award recognizes the efforts and contributions of a self-advocate, family member, group or organization towards raising awareness of disability issues and/or work which improves the lives of a person or people with disabilities.

Artistic Excellence Award

The Artistic Excellence Award recognizes a person with a disability who contributes to the creative and cultural life of our community through his or her chosen artistic medium.

Career Award

A career is defined by “progress through life with respect to one’s work”. The Career Award recognizes an individual with a disability who has a record of excellence and achievement in his or her chosen field.

The Community Leader Award in Memory of Cathy Kerr

Cathy Kerr worked tirelessly to realize her vision of a community in which people with disabilities have the same choices and are able to exercise the same rights and responsibilities as all other Canadians.

The Community Leader Award in Memory of Cathy Kerr recognizes a person with a disability who is an example of exceptional citizenship, as demonstrated by their record of wide-reaching leadership and involvement in the community.

Education Award

The Education Award recognizes an individual, program, or institution that has demonstrated leadership and commitment in providing and promoting inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities in educational programs or activities.

Employee Award

The Employee Award recognizes an employee with a disability for outstanding commitment and contribution to their organization and/or workplace.

Employer Award

The Employer Award recognizes an employer who demonstrates best practices in promoting accessibility and inclusion in the workplace.

Sports Award

The Sports Award recognizes the initiative and commitment of a local athlete with a disability, or a team or organization that is inclusive of people with disabilities.

Volunteer Award

The Volunteer Award recognizes a volunteer whose contributions have had a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities.

Volunteer Opportunities Award

The Volunteer Opportunities Award recognizes an organization that has shown leadership in creating opportunities for people with disabilities to engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities.

Youth Award

The Youth Award recognizes a youth with a disability who has demonstrated excellence and perseverance in achieving a significant personal goal or in serving others.

Please mail or email your nomination and/or supporting documentation (pictures, letters, articles etc.) to the address below by the deadline. 

Early bird deadline: September 14th, 2018 (enter draw for 2 free tickets)
Final deadline: October 5th, 2018

Mailing Address
Celebration of People Nomination Committee
(c/o Citizen Advocacy)
312 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, ON
K1Y 4X5

Additional information
Tel: 613-761-9522
TTY: 613-725-6175
Fax: 613-761-9525
email: info@celebrationofpeople.com