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Nominations Open TBM Awards (Posted On: Sunday, March 16, 2008)

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As Everett Mamor once said, “The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers”.  This year, for the first time, the Town of The Blue Mountains will be recognizing community members who have made our community a better place to live through their volunteer efforts. The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking nominations in Arts and Culture, Community Services, Environment, Sports and Recreation and Youth Citizen.

Our community simply could not thrive

without the selfless deeds of our community Volunteers. I encourage all of our residents to consider nominating a valuable community member who everyday carries-out unselfish and noble acts to better our lives, and our community.
On behalf of our Town Council and Staff, I would like to thank you in advance for nominating a volunteer in our community. They are the backbone of our community, and they do incredible things for no other reason than to care for others and make the Town of The Blue Mountains a truly magical and wonderful place to live.
Ellen Anderson

Community Volunteer Award Nomination and Selection Process

The Nominees will be judged on the excellence of their contributions to the Town of The Blue Mountains. Achievement, commitment, effort, measurable impact, originality and overall vision will be the key considerations.

Nominators will be asked to provide the following information:

· A completed nomination form;

· A 250-500 word summary of the Nominee’s achievements including highlights of achievements and measurable impacts on the community;

· Details of any awards, honours and other special recognition given to the Nominee for efforts in building our community; and

· Two letters of recommendation in support of the nomination, from two different sectors of the community.

Selection of Winners

The Panel of Judges will be solely responsible for the review, evaluation, and selection of award winners.  This year’s panel of judges will include 2 members of Council, 1 member of the local media, 1 local youth (15-24 years of age) and 2 representatives of the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce (as this event was previously organized by the Chamber). 

Winners will be informed in writing at least 21 days prior to the awards event.
Decision of the judges will be final.

2008 Winners will be honoured at the Inaugural Order of the Town of The Blue Mountains Community Volunteer Awards Event, scheduled to take place on Sunday May 4, 2008.

Community Volunteer Award Categories
The Order of the Town of The Blue Mountains Community Volunteer Awards honours individuals in up to five categories:

Arts and Culture: This award goes to an individual who has made the community more vibrant through arts and/or culture. He or she has been a community leader in this sector by organizing events or advocating arts and culture ideas or philosophies with positive impact on the community.

Environment: This award goes to an individual who has shown success in the creation and/or delivery of a public or private environmental initiative. Through his or her efforts, the environmental consciousness and/or behavior of the community has been bettered.
Community Services: This award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to community services in our community, either through the delivery of community services or in the creation of a program or initiative that has led to an overall improvement in the social well being of our community.

Sports & Recreation: The recipient of this award is an individual who has volunteered his or her time to strengthen sports and recreation in the Town of The Blue Mountains. Through coaching, mentoring or program development, this individual has made a positive impact on our community.

Youth Citizen: The recipient of this award is under the age of 25 and has contributed to the betterment of our community. He or she is an example of the strength of youth in our community and has significantly participated in or created a project or initiative leading to community enhancement.

We appreciate all Nominee applications, however, only Nominees meeting the criteria will be considered for an award.

Submit completed form and supplementary documentation to:

Lisa Kidd, Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
Town of The Blue Mountains, P.O. Box 310, 26 Bridge Street East
Thornbury, Ontario, N0H 2P0

Fax: 519-599-7723, Email: lkidd@thebluemountains.ca

All information provided in this nomination package will remain confidential and will not be released without the expressed consent of the Nominee. Please keep a copy for your records, as this material cannot be returned. Thank you for your nomination, only Winners will be notified.

Nomination Forms

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