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Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I submit a nomination?

This is an opportunity to recognize remarkable contributions to our community and the people who make them. Community Builders are people who get involved, roll up their sleeves and make this city a better place to live. You are also recognizing the vision, creativity, spirit and hard work of these individuals and organizations.

What are the eligibility requirements?

To be eligible for nomination, the candidate must be a resident of the community for the past 5 years. For the Young Leader award specifically, the nominee must be under 25 years old.

*Please note: Village Media staff and sitting politicians are not eligible for nomination.

Can I nominate myself?

All qualified candidates are encouraged to nominate themselves or you may also nominate any qualified individual or organization.

What are the nomination categories?

Categories can be found by viewing the awards on each of our community sites.

How many submissions can be made for the same individual or organization?

We only accept one nomination per individual or organization as long as they meet the eligibility requirement.

Is my submission confidential?

Yes – all awards submissions are treated as highly confidential. Only the awards team and judging committee will view them.

When is the nomination deadline?

The nomination deadlines vary by community. Visit our community sites for more info.

How are the winners chosen?

All submissions are provided to a special judging committee who will review them to select a winner in each category. Note: All nominations are judged solely on the nomination submitted. Please include known community history and/or previous achievements to ensure a thorough nomination package.

When will the winners be announced?

The announcement dates vary by community. Visit our community sites for more info.

Can I re-nominate a candidate next year if they weren’t successful this year?

Yes, candidates can be nominated 2 years in a row. We recommend you update the nomination and re-submit for next year.

Can someone win an award in the same category more than once?

You can only win a Community Builders Award once in the same category. However, we allow nominations for previous award winners in a different category five years after receiving the award. This ensures fairness, diversity and equal opportunity within the selection process. Allowing individuals to win the award multiple times can overshadow the accomplishments of others and limit the chance for new, deserving recipients to be honoured.

How do I submit my letters of support for a nomination?

You can upload your letters from the nomination form or you can email them to [email protected].

What is the best format for my support letter?

A Word document or a PDF.

Any tips on writing an effective nomination?

Our Judging committee suggests the following:

  • Carefully read the category's description.
  • Choose the category that will best showcase the candidate.
  • Fill out the nomination form with as much detail as possible.
  • Answer all questions.
  • Ensure your answers directly relate to the specific category.
  • Don’t forget the supporting letters. You can include a minimum of two letters (5 letters maximum).