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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 Sault Ste. Marie for the past 5 years.

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 visiting our Awards page.

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 deadline for 2022 is to be determined.

All nominations , including letters of support, must be received by Wednesday, October 7 at 5 p.m. Late entries will NOT be accepted. Nominations must be submitted online at

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 winners and their nominators will be notified the week of October 24th and the winners will be announced publicly late November.

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.

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

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).