Volunteer Recognition Awards - Town of Ajax

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Ajax Community Awards

Creating Ripples of Change in Our Community

Celebrating dedication and community service at this year's Volunteer Recognition Awards

Each year, the Town of Ajax recognizes and honours the achievements and contributions of outstanding Ajax community members. These prestigious awards express the Town's appreciation of the many individuals, groups and businesses who dedicate their time and expertise for the betterment of the Town.

Award Categories & Recipients 

Ajax Civic Awards

Adult Award (26 years and older) & Youth Award (25 years and younger)

Recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding voluntary contribution to the well being of our community over a number of years. Contributions must be voluntary, but can be related to an individual's expertise from training, work experience or education. This award recognizes local champions who build communities and show us all just what can be achieved with passion and determination. Current and former Ajax residents are eligible.

Photo of Abhira Raveendran - Youth Civic Award - Bob Wilson Photographer

  • Youth Award Winner: Abhira Raveendran  

Sepelene Deonarine - Adult Civic Award - Sam Heron Photographer

  • Adult Award Winner:  Sepelene Deonarine

Ajax Senior of the Year Award

Awarded to a Senior, 65 years or older, who has helped to make Ajax a better place to live. Achievements in many fields would qualify, for example: arts/literature, community service, education, environment/science, fitness, recreation/sport, humanitarian activities and keeping history alive. Please note, the recipient of this award will be nominated for the Ontario Senior of the Year for Ajax Award.

Reginald Lawrance - Senior of the Year- Bob Wilson Photographer

  • Award Winner: Reginald Lawrance

Community Awards (Youth and/or Adult)

Awarded to an individual, group or business in Ajax who, over the past year, has contributed to...

Arts & Culture Award:

The development, support, preservation or promotion of culture, music, visual, performing or literary arts.

Susanne Whiteside - Arts & Culture Award - Sam Heron Photographer

  • Award Winner: Susanne Whiteside

Community Event:

The life and spirit of the community through neighborhood based program(s) and/or event(s).

Mary Poulson - Community Event Award - Bob Wilson Photographer

  • Award Winner: Mary Poulson

Community Safety Award:

The enhancement of the development, promotion and/or support of initiatives to improve community safety.

Kenroy Wilson - Community Safety Award - Bob Wilson Photographer

  • Award Winner: Kenroy Wilson

Diversity & Community Engagement Award:

The recognition, support and/or development of community and/or diversity initiatives, which engage new residents, reach out to ethno-cultural/special population groups and enhance tolerance, acceptance and respect.

Marie Blanchard-Thomas - Diversity & Community Engagement Award - Bob Wilson Photographer

  • Award Winner: Marie Blanchard-Thomas

Education Award:

The enhancement of learning opportunities for Ajax resident(s) through educational support, programs, events or training.

Mandy Boyes - Education Award - Bob Wilson Photographer

  • Award Winner: Mandy Boyes

Good Deed Awards:

Acts of humanitarianism and/or caring actions to individuals, families and/or groups. A maximum of four awards available.

Lencil James - Good Deed Award - Sam Heron Photographer        Jennifer Harrison - Good Deed Award - Sam Heron Photographer

Shane Smith - Good Deed Award - Bob Wilson Photographer        Ajax Home Depot - Good Deed Award - Bob Wilson Photographer

  • Award Winners: (left to right) (top) Lencil James, Jennifer Harrison, (bottom) Shane Smith & Ajax Home Depot 

Health & Social Service:

The quality of life for individuals and/or families through care and support.

David Arber - Health & Social Service Award - Bob Wilson Photographer

  • Award Winner: David Arber

Recreation Award:

The promotion, development and/or support of recreation and/or sport in the community.

  • Adult Award Winner: Cid Connon

Senior Support:

The well being of seniors in our community.

Older Adults Advisory Committee - Senior Support Award - Bob Wilson Photographer

  • Award Winner: Older Adults Advisory Committee

On April 13, in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, the following award recipients were recognized at a special ceremony.  

For more information about the Ajax Community Awards program, please contact Laura Tegelberg, 905-619-2529, ext. 7271, or e-mail laura.tegelberg@ajax.ca.