2017 Awards of Distinction

The Awards of Distinction recognize those exceptional individuals and groups who embrace the notion that ordinary people have the potential to achieve extraordinary things.

Selection Process

The Spirit Awards Selection Panel of external volunteers and staff select recipients in each category.  Award nominees will be notified by February 9, 2018. Awards will be presented at the annual United Way Awards of Distinction Banquet on February 21, 2018.

Deadline for all nominations: December 31, 2017

Award winners will be accepted based quality of nomination and achievement in the overall workplace campaign.  Nominators should provide adequate detail and specific examples relevant to the award category criteria.


Award Categories

  1. Best Leaders of the Way Campaign
  2. Campaign Committee of the Year
  3. Education and Awareness
  4. Employee Campaign Chair (ECC) of the Year, Private Sector or Public Sector
  5. Outstanding Canvasser of the Year
  6. Outstanding Committee Member of the Year
  7. Rising Star Award
  8. Small Business Award

1. Best Leaders of the Way Campaign

This award is presented to the Campaign committee who showed creativity and excellence in the execution of a Leadership giving campaign.

Nominations should address the following questions:

  • What did this organization do to promote and execute a Leadership giving campaign?
  • What were the results of these efforts?  (Be as specific as possible)
  • How do you feel this organization went above and beyond the call of duty?

Download Form


2. Campaign Committee of the Year

This award is presented to the Workplace Campaign Committee that showed outstanding teamwork and commitment towards meeting campaign objectives, showed creativity and enthusiasm in the promotion/execution of the workplace campaign and achieved stronger than expected results in the workplace.

Nominations should address the following questions:

  • What was the main goal/objective of the committee in 2017?  (For example, provide notes on previous campaigns, opportunities/barriers, morale of workplace, etc.)
  • What specific actions and efforts were taken to support this objective? What were the results of these efforts?
  • How do you feel this committee exceeded expectations? 

Download Form


    3. Education and Awareness  

    This award is presented to the Workplace Campaign that increased awareness of community needs and the impact of United Way donations, showed excellence in coordinating and motivating co-workers and achieved stronger than expected results in the workplace.

    Nominations should address the following questions:

    • What was the goal/objective for education and engagement activities in this workplace?
    • What specific actions and efforts were taken to support education/engagement objectives?
    • What were the results of these education and engagement efforts?
    • How do you feel this committee exceeded expectations in this area?   

    Download Form


    4. Employee Campaign Chair (ECC) of the Year, Private Sector or Public Sector

    This award is presented to the Employee Campaign Chair who provided exceptional leadership in the planning and execution of workplace campaign activities, demonstrated creativity and commitment that went above and beyond the call of duty and achievedchallenging campaign goals and objectives.

    Nominations should address the following questions:

    • What was the main goal/objective of the ECC in 2017?  (For example, provide notes on previous campaigns, opportunities/barriers, morale of workplace, etc.)
    • What specific actions and efforts were taken by this individual to support this objective?
    • What were the results of their efforts? 
    • How do you feel this individual exceeded expectations in the role as ECC

    Download Form


    5. Outstanding Canvasser of the Year

    This award is presented to the workplace employee canvasser coordinator that demonstrated dedication to coordinating canvassing and campaign activities that motivated fellow employees to support United Way.  

    Nominations should address the following questions:

    • What specific actions and efforts were taken by this individual to motivate fellow employees to learn about and support United Way?
    • What were the results of their efforts?
    • How do you feel this individual exceeded expectations in the role as a Canvasser or Canvasser Coordinator?

    Download Form


    6. Outstanding Committee Member of the Year

    This award is presented to the committee member that demonstrated exceptional commitment to success in the workplace campaign.

    Nominations should address the following questions:

    • What specific actions and efforts were taken by this individual to support the United Way campaign?
    • What were the results of their efforts? (Please be as specific as possible)
    • How do you feel this individual exceeded expectations in their role as a member on the committee?

    Download Form


    7. Rising Star Award

    This award is presented to the Campaign Committee that achieved stronger than expected results and engagement in their workplace, compared to the previous year.

    Nominations should address the following questions:

    • What was the main goal/objective of the committee in 2017?  (For example, provide notes on previous campaigns, opportunities/barriers, morale of workplace, etc.)
    • What specific actions and efforts were taken to support this objective?
    • What were the results of these efforts?

    Download Form


    8.  Small Business Award

    This award is presented to the organization of 100 employees or less that demonstrated excellence in the execution of their workplace campaign.

    Nominations should address the following questions:

    • What was the main goal/objective of the organization in 2017?  (For example, provide notes on previous campaigns, opportunities/barriers, morale of workplace, etc.)
    • What specific actions and efforts were taken to support this objective?
    • What were the results of these efforts?
    • How do you feel this organization exceeded expectations? 

    Download Form


      Questions?  Contact us at campaignsupport@myunitedway.ca