Civic awards

Learn more about our civic recognition programs. Nominations for Council for the Day, Ontario Senior of the Year are open until March 31. Other awards are currently closed.

Council for the Day

The 2019 contest is now open!

Submit your application here

Eight winners are chosen based on their ideas for making Waterloo an even better place to live. One of the winners is named Mayor of Waterloo for the day and introduces Mayor Jaworsky at his State of the City. The other seven students service as councillors for the day.

Contest guidelines

  • contest is open to all grade 5 students in Waterloo
  • entries must answer the question: what is your one idea to make Waterloo an even better place to live?
  • format is open, students can submit a video, letter, song or poem
  • each submission must include a complete contest entry form

Contest deadline

  • participants must complete an entry form by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019
  • entries can be submitted using this form or delivered to:

Waterloo City Hall
Mayor’s office
City of Waterloo
100 Regina St. S.
PO Box 337, Station Waterloo
Waterloo, Ont., N2J 4A8 

The winners will be notified by Monday, March 18, 2019. Contest entries will not be returned and will become the property of the City of Waterloo.

Judging details

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
  • creativity
  • originality
  • overall appeal

Prize details

The winners will spend the day with Mayor Jaworsky on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

All eight winners will:

  • attend the State of the City address
  • enjoy lunch with Mayor Jaworsky
  • tour city facilities with Mayor Jaworsky
  • more to be announced
 

Waterloo Award

The Waterloo Award is the city’s highest civic honour. It recognizes citizens for enhancing quality of life in Waterloo. Since its inception in 1997, it has honoured people for a variety of contributions and is open to all types of Waterloo citizens.

Nominations for 2019 will open in May.

Nominations

The nomination period is from May to July each year. Self-nominations, nominations by direct family members and posthumous nominations are not excepted. Elected officials and city staff are not eligible while they are still in their positions.

Nominations are confidential and people are only profiled if they receive the award.

Selection

City council makes the final decision on who wins the award, after a review committee made up of volunteers submits their recommendation to council. The winner(s) are notified in early September.

Recognition

Recipients are recognized on a televised council night where family and friends are encouraged to attend. They receive a handcrafted Waterloo Award pin.

Previous winners

Mark Whaley (1997) Tim Jackson (2009)
Bill Weiler (1997) David Graham (2009)
Eleanor Scully (1997) Carolyn Fedy (2010)
Betsy Abbott (1998) Charles Foy (2010)
Lori Strothard (1998) John Lynch (2010)
Tracey Johnston-Aldworth (1998) Laurie Strome (2011)
Tom Jeary (1999) Narine Sookram (2012)
Carol Moogk-Soulis (1999) Edwin Outwater (2012)
George Masurkevitch (1999) Cindy Watkin (2012)
Ellis Little (2000) Elaine Ormston (2013)
Dawna Saba (2000) Walter McLean (2014)
Brian Norris (2000) Frank Mensink (2014)
Terry Hallman (2001) Kenneth McLaughlin (2014)
Dennis Hartleib (2002) Neil Aitchison (2015) 
William Dailey (2003) Roger Farwell (2015) 
Angela Vieth (2003) Tricia Siemens (2015) 
Anne Morgan (2003) Georgia Cunningham (2016)
Mark Knight (2004) Robert Hennig (2016) 
Alan Morgan (2004) Dr. Howard Armitage (2017)
Brent McFarlane (2004) Rob Way (2017)
Douglas Letson (2005)  Isabel Cisterna (2018)
Marg Rowell (2006)   
Cliff Campbell (2006)  
Terry Dorscht (2007)   
Eleni Stopp (2007)   
Murray Haase (2007)  
Michael Rowe (2008)    
Randy Warren (2008)    
Alan Chalmers (2008)    
Donald Cowan (2009)   

Ontario Senior of the Year Award

The Ontario Senior of the Year Award is a provincial award that gives each municipality the opportunity to honour one local 65+ person who has made outstanding contributions to the community.

Deadline for nominations is March 31, 2019.

Application process

  1. Review the eligibility criteria (PDF)
  2. Dowload, print and complete an application form (PDF).
  3. Submit by mail to:

Waterloo Senior of the Year
510 Dutton Drive
Waterloo, ON
N2J 4A8 

Past winners

2018 - Maedith Radlein

A resident of Waterloo, Radlein is a retired Waterloo Region District School Board elementary school principal. She was recognized for her long-standing commitment to city and regional organizations, institutions, clubs and groups.

2017 - Rick Chambers

Rick's contribution to the community is far-reaching and he has long been recognized for his strength of leadership and character. His passion lies with promoting an age friendly community. He was chairperson of the City of Waterloo 55+ advisory board from 2013 to 2016.

2016 - Arlene Groh

Arlene is a nurse and consultant for Healing Approaches for Elder Abuse and Mistreatment, an organization which aims to provide opportunities for change and healing to communities affected by elder abuse. She coordinated the Restorative Justice Approaches to Elder Abuse Project and was a founding member of Waterloo Region's Elder Abuse Response Team.

2015 - Chris Baker

Chris was chosen for her impressive list of volunteer activities that have made a difference in shaping our community, including preparing food at RCAFA Wing 404, participating on Mayor's dinner committees, the social committee chair for the Old Salts Senior Canoe Club, garden volunteer and community ambassador for Parents for Community Living and long-time visitor to an older group of women living at senior retirement homes.

2014 - John Philips

John was recognized as a volunteer with the St. Jacob's Playhouse and at his church, an enthusiastic greeter of guests at the Adult Recreation Centre and piano player for the Senior Outing Day Program 

2013 - George MacAskill

George was honoured for his extensive community involvement spanning the last 30 years, including volunteering with the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic as a golf course marshal and the 55+ golf league.