Every spring, The Federation begins accepting nominations for its Award for Excellence. After the year that we have been through and the trying months that still lay ahead, I feel like this award has come at a time when it is very much needed. It gives us an opportunity to recognize and thank the people and organizations around us who have been going above and beyond to make sure that doors remain open, people are cared for, and services and supports are available when and where people need them.
The Federation’s Award for Excellence recognizes and honours these people and organizations—the ones who have remained creative and thoughtful and compassionate even while it has gotten harder and harder to do so. It encourages our members to hold each other up and support one another in their work. And to me, taking the time to honour the work of one person or one agency in this sector also honours the work of everyone in this sector. It gives us a moment to reflect on what makes for great social care colleagues and allows us to truly see the people working with us and the contributions they make.
I encourage all of you to reach out and tell someone how their work has inspired you, how they helped you, or how they taught you something valuable and nominate them for the Award for Excellence. Our sector is full of exceptional and caring people and this is a time to honour them. Yes, the people in our sector are often more humble than others, but I believe that there is space for appreciation and thankfulness within that humility.
Categories and Nominations
The Award for Excellence has two categories: Individual and Organization. Nominations for both categories are accepted each year and are carried over for up to three years. In odd-numbered years (e.g., 2021) the Award for Excellence will be awarded to an individual. In even-numbered years (e.g., 2022) it will be awarded to an organization. You can make a nomination for either category, but the 2021 Award for Excellence will be awarded to an individual at The Federation’s 2021 Annual General Meeting.
Take a moment to consider nominating a person, team, or organization. The application deadline is May 31st, 2021. The nomination form and more information (including past recipients) can be found on The Federation website.
Federation Executive Director