Call for Nominations

Nominations are now open! Join us in celebrating the contributions and achievements of people who help make our community more accessible and inclusive for all.

Who deserves an award?

The awards recognize the achievements and contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations promoting accessibility, inclusion and full community participation by citizens with disabilities.

Award recipients include individuals with disabilities who are advocates for others with disabilities and/or whose personal example of excellence demonstrates the potential of all members of the community. They also include individuals, companies, agencies, government and other organizations that have created opportunities for people with disabilities to participate more fully in their workplaces, schools and volunteer organizations.

Nominate someone!

Please take the time to nominate a friend, colleague, client, employee, business, event, or employer who deserves to be celebrated! Consider nominating individuals or organizations whose accomplishments have yet to be publicly acknowledged.

Nominate Early!

In order to encourage and increase the number of nominations an early bird deadline for nominations submissions has been chosen. Nominees who submit all required forms and nomination information by midnight September 24th will be entered into a draw for two free tickets to the Celebration of People event. Good luck to all the early birds! Nominations are now open!

Final Nomination Deadline: Midnight October 5th

The Awards

There are 12 Celebration of People Awards presented each year. Each award has its own criteria and application form. These can be found on each award page. We have compiled some tips and tricks to help you write a compelling nomination. Before you write your nomination please read the nomination guidelines page.

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.

The Advocacy Award recognizes the efforts and contributions of an individual, 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.

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

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 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.

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.

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

The Employer Award recognizes an employer who demonstrates best practices (“what works”) in promoting accessibility and inclusion in the workplace.

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.

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

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

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.