Burlington's Best Awards is an awards program that honours Burlington's most outstanding citizens. The winners in all categories are revealed at a gala celebration held in May of each year. The awards program is run by the Burlington's Best Awards Committee.
Citizen of the Year
A person whose volunteer activity has made a significant and sustained contribution to the vibrancy and wellbeing of the Burlington community.
Junior Citizen of the Year
A high school student, 18 years or younger who has made a significant contribution to the Burlington community.
Senior Person of the Year
A person, 55 years or older who has advocated on behalf of seniors and/or made a significant contribution to the Burlington community.
An individual or group that improved and/or protects Burlington's environment.
Arts Person of the Year
An individual who has contributed to the arts in Burlington as an artist, patron or advocate including but not limited to, visual arts, media arts, musical arts, performing arts and literary arts.
Community Service Award
An individual or group whose volunteer activity has contributed to the betterment of the Burlington community.
An individual who has demonstrated a commitment to the preservation of Burlington's heritage, and has volunteered their time in an effort to support the preservation of Burlington's heritage.
|2015 Burlington's Best Award Winners|
The 2015 winners pose with their awards. From left to right: Ken Woodruff, Jessica and Josh Martin, accepting on behalf of their mother Janice Martin, Dan Murray, Mayor Rick Goldring, Brenda Hunter, Chris Choi, Winifred Stewart, Bob Pring.
2015 Burlington's Best Nominee YouTube Videos
|2014 Burlington's Best Award Winners|
The 2014 winners pose with their awards. From left to right: Mary Nichol, Tomy Bewick, Bonnie Purkis, Ron Foxcroft, Kevin Han, Jan Morris, accepting on behalf of her late husband Dave Morris, Susan Fraser.
Burlington's Best Awards Committee congratulates all nominees and winners.
Listed below are the eligibility criteria.
Citizen of the Year - Paul Echlin, Brenda Hunter
Junior Citizen of the Year - Chris Choi, Kelli Hornick, Erin Richardson, Olivia Walker-Edwards
Senior Person of the Year - Ed Dorr, Bob Pring, John Worobec
Environmental Award - Vince Fiorito, Herb Sinnock, Ken Woodruff
Arts Person of the Year - Cate Beech, Dan Murray
Community Service Award - Gilbert Deveer, Frank Lupton, Janice Martin, Anne Swarbrick
Heritage Award - Derek Martin, Winnifred Stewart
The process for nominating candidates for awards will be greatly simplified if the nominator follows the general procedures listed below:
Nominations are solicited through local advertising and invitations to all known agencies throughout the Burlington community. Late nominations and self-nominations will not be permitted.
The Burlington's Best Awards Committee will review all nominations. Nominators will receive confirmation of their nomination submission. Nominees will be advised of their nomination following the deadline. The Burlington's Best Committee has the right to withdraw nominations that do not fit the criteria or for individuals or groups who have previously been recognized.
|Tips for Preparing a Sucessful Nomination|
The preparation of a good nomination should not require lots of work, especially if you are very familiar with the candidate and his/her work. A well written nomination should not be long. The best ones are short and clearly show the impact of the work of the nominee(s). The most time consuming activity is to select people who will support the award with a letter of recommendation and the follow-up to remind these authors to submit their letters on schedule.
Match the nominee with the award
As the nominator, your most important responsibility is to nominate a person who has made an important impact to the field of interest covered by the award. Nominators should always take two simple steps:
Provide a specific, meaningful description of the candidate's contributions. Don't say something like, "He/she has done good work." Rather, be specific. This is the most important information that you can give in the nomination. Also, be specific in describing the impact of the contribution. In addition, make sure that your nomination is brief and contains a specific description of the candidate's contribution.
Meaningful support letters
Sometimes selecting people to write meaningful supporting letters can be the most challenging part of the preparation of a good nomination. Make sure that these people are familiar with the contributions of your candidate and that they support your nomination. Get supporting letters from people who have used the contribution of the candidate. Also, ask the authors of supporting letters to avoid just copying what you wrote in the nomination. The selection committee treats these letters very seriously and expects the author of the letter to provide his/her personal views on the specific contributions of the candidate.
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