Nominations open for Canada 150 award
Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 06:00 am
Nominations for the Banff-Airdrie Canada 150 Awards, which honour outstanding individuals making a difference in their community, have opened.
Though a national Canada 150 awards initiative was not pursued by the federal government, Banff-Airdrie Conservative MP Blake Richards said he wanted to put something in place that recognized those who give selflessly.
“Often, the people who give their time are those who make Canada the greatest place in the world,” he said.
The Banff-Airdrie Canada 150 awards will be given to 30 individuals throughout the riding and will be chosen by a panel of well-known people from each community, he said.
A nominee is required to reside in the Banff-Airdrie riding and cannot be nominated by oneself, a spouse or family member. The award can be given posthumously, but the nomination must also be accompanied with a seconder supporting the individual for nomination.
Often, Richards said it is the individuals most deserving of recognition who would never think to nominate themselves.
“The people who really give their time to their community don’t do it for the recognition,” he said. “They always think, ‘Well, someone else has done more.’”
Richard said he hopes the recognition of the award gives those deserving people the awareness that others see, understand and appreciate all the efforts they have made to improve the community.
The criteria set out for the Banff-Airdrie Canada 150 Awards encourages an array of nominations from different parts of the community, whether it be benefiting through volunteerism, sports, arts or other community-building activities, he said.
“Whatever it might be, we encourage those nominations to come in,” Richards said.
Nomination packages – which must not exceed 15 pages while including the name, address and contact information of the nominee, nominator and seconder, letters from nominator and seconder as well as a summary of the nominee with supporting materials – must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. May 31.
The awards will be given out to recipients at a few ceremonies throughout the riding, which Richards said will be hosted in summer or early fall.
For more information about the Banff-Airdrie Canada 150 Awards, visit blakerichards.ca.