MP Harold Albrecht and MPP Michael Harris are teaming up to recognize members of the Kitchener-Conestoga riding in the form of new Canada 150 awards.
What are the Canada 150 Awards?
Categories are diverse, ranging from caregivers to entrepreneurs to just recognizing a good neighbour. Members of the community are encouraged to nominate as many people as they’d like in any number of the categories. Albrecht is encouraging people to nominate those who aren’t often given the credit they deserve for their contributions.
“This is just to recognize how privileged we are to first of all live in Canada, and then live in the best part right here,” said Albrecht. “The community engagement and collaborative spirit … if we can recognize some of those people who contribute to that, that would be fantastic.”
Who is eligible to be honoured?
Wilmot and Wellesley residents, among others in the riding, are eligible to win in 15 different categories. Although the riding of Kitchener-Conestoga has slightly different boundaries at the provincial and federal levels, Albrecht says that anybody who falls within either boundary can qualify as a nominee.
“We thought it was important to do something on behalf of the locals who go the second mile in making our community better,” said Albrecht. “Too often so many good things that go on behind the scenes, and the leaders that make them happen, are unsung.”
Who selects the winners?
A committee (which has yet to be selected) will go over applications and try to pick 10 deserving recipients in each category — adding up to a total of 150 award winners. Entries were originally being accepted until May 8, but can now come in until the end of the month; an award ceremony to honour all of the recipients will be held on Aug. 1 at Castle Kilbride.
Where can I find more information?
This information was originally posted on The Record.