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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.

Eligible Nominees

To be consider for this award eligible nominees include:

-individuals living or working in Ottawa who have a disability, OR a group or organization operating in Ottawa working with people with disabilities.

-individuals who demonstrate leadership in a variety of settings

-individuals who have been involved in community service for at least five years

 Selection Factors

The Celebration of People Selection Committee will consider the following factors in the evaluation of nominees for the Community Leader Award:

-Perseverance in pursuit of community service in the face of obstacles and/or challenges

-The degree to which the individual’s activities enhance lives and/or strengthen the community

-Years of service, range and scope of activities, investment of time and energy

See also Volunteer Award

Download Community Leader Award Nomination Form RTF
(includes Nomination Guide)

Download Community Leader Award Nomination Form PDF

Nomination Guidelines


Early Bird Deadline: Monday September 24th, 2018 (enter draw for 2 free tickets)

Final Deadline: Friday October 5th, 2018

Accessibility Awards Nomination

Nominee Information - Individuals


Nominee Information - Company/Organization/Team


If the nominee is not based in Ottawa, explain how their activities benefit the citizens of Ottawa:

Nominator Information


1st Reference Information (a person supporting the nomination - required)


2nd Reference Information (a person supporting the nomination - optional)

Letters of reference strengthen nominations. You are strongly encouraged to provide additional support documents or information including testimonial letters, publications, articles and/or photos.

The questions below have been developed to guide you in the presentation of information on your nominee.

1. Describe the nominee's community service activities and explain why you believe the nominee deserves this award.


2. In what ways have the nominee's community activities focused on enhancing lives and/or strengthening the community?


3. How has the nominee contributed to advancing accessibility and inclusion in the community?


4. How much time and energy has the nominee invested in community service?


5. In what ways has the nominee shown perseverance in the pursuit of community service in the face of obstacles and/or challenges?


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

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