Who are tomorrow’s leaders? Take a look around - there is one in every crowd and most don’t even realize they are making a difference.
Across Ontario, youth are dedicating their time and energy to bettering their communities and the world.
Every year, the prestigious Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards Program recognizes over one hundred outstanding youth from across Ontario. These are the special young people that will have a lasting impact on their communities in the future.
Co-ordinated by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association with the support of its 300-plus member newspapers and sponsors.
Nominations may come from anyone in the community who wishes to recognize a deserving young person for all they do. Nominations should document the activities of the nominee with letters, newspaper clippings, recommendations and photographs.
Nominees from previous years who continue their noteworthy endeavours are eligible to be nominated again. New nomination forms and updated documentation are required.
Nominations will be accepted until Nov. 30.
Nomination and supporting forms are available in both pdf and Microsoft Word formats. If you use the Word format document you will be able to complete it on your computer. The PDF document can be printed and written on. Forms can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 905-639-6962 or mailed to Ontario Community Newspapers Association; 3228 South Service Rd., Suite 116; Burlington, Ont.; L7N 3H8.
Each submission must include at least two supporting nominations. Forms are available at www.ocna.org/juniorcitizen.
Any resident of Ontario, age 6 to 17 as of Nov. 30, is eligible to receive an Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award. Only individuals may be nominated.
Nominees may be involved in:
• worthwhile community service;
• special young people who are contributing while living with a physical or psychological limitation;
• individuals who have performed acts of heroism or bravery in the past year;
• recipients may also be ‘good kids’ who show a commitment to make life better for others and do more than is normally expected of someone their age.
A committee of community newspaper publishers, editors and representatives of the sponsors will select the award recipients from all nominations received.
Up to 12 individuals will be recipients of an award. Recipients and their families are invited to attend an awards ceremony in Toronto in March. Final recipients will be announced on the OCNA website on Jan. 25.
Final recipients will be required to submit photographs depicting their activities and achievements for reproduction associated with the program.
The Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards program strives not only to recognize the dozen or so outstanding young people who will be the recipients of awards, but to also give recognition to hundreds of others who represent the “good kids” we all know. To achieve this, everyone nominated receives a certificate of recognition from their local community newspaper.
The main sponsors of the Junior Citizen Awards are TD Bank and Direct Energy.