Award for Excellence

The Award for Excellence recognizes the exceptional contributions of an individual, team or organization in the field of child, family or community social services.

Recipients may be recognized for their outstanding qualities and devotion to the field over a long period of time and/or for their significant and lasting contribution to the field based on work undertaken in a project of a short-term nature.

This award was established in 1995 as a way to honour the best in our field and to recognize the late Thom McGuire who died in 1994. Thom was an executive director, teacher, and author, known for his contributions in the area of sexual abuse, and appreciated for his enthusiasm, charismatic manner and leadership.

The intention behind this award is to recognize and honour the work of people who don’t often get recognized and to encourage our members to hold each other up and support one another in their work.


  • Nominations for the 2022 Award for Excellence are now open!
  • Download the Application Form here.
  • The 2022 Award for Excellence will be awarded to an Organization.
  • The nomination deadline is May 13, 2022.

Award Categories

As of 2018, 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 even-numbered years (e.g., 2022) the Award for Excellence will be awarded to an Organization. In odd-numbered years (e.g., 2023) it will be awarded to an Individual.

Please note: only individuals who work/worked for a Federation member (Individual) or Federation member agencies (Organization) are eligible.