Volunteering

Please note Town of Caledon facilities are not currently accepting volunteers due to the ongoing COVID -19 pandemic. 

Caledon Community Recognition

Caledon Community Recognition is an annual event that recognizes individuals whose efforts have made significant impact towards the development and advancement of recreational sports, arts and culture, environmental leadership or community and social services.

Deadline: July 18, 2021

Submit your nomination

The awards cover two broad categories.

  • Volunteer Service Awards recognize Caledon residents whose efforts have made significant impact towards the development and advancement of recreational sports, arts and culture, environmental leadership or community and social services.
  • Citizen Achievement Awards are designed to recognize Caledon residents who have competed or been recognized at the Provincial, National or International levels in the areas of sport and arts and culture.

In addition a single recipient is singled out for the special Community Champion Award. The highest honour, the Community Champion is chosen from among all the nominees by the Selection Committee based on the significance of their community involvement and years of service. 

Award Categories

Learn about the award categories, eligibility and nomination period (deadlines).

 Volunteer Service Awards
Recognition will be given to Caledon residents who have contributed a significant amount of volunteer time and energy towards the development of community life throughout Caledon in three categories:
  • Youth (13 to 18 years of age)
  • Adult (18 years and above)
  • Senior (55 years and above)

Criteria and Eligibility

An individual receiving an award in the Volunteer Service Awards category must meet the following requirements:

  • Volunteers must reside in Caledon
  • Candidates for Volunteer Service Awards will have made significant contributions to community and social services, sports and recreation organizations, environmental leadership or arts and culture. 
  • Candidates may accumulate their volunteer service that spans across more than one area each year. 
  • Volunteers must have made significant impact (minimum of 3 years of service for youth and 5 years for adults) in each area to be eligible. The number of volunteer years/hours will be based on the minimum requirements and determining the value and impact of the individual's volunteer contribution will be at the discretion of the Selection Committee
  • Volunteers must not have received financial remuneration for their efforts other than reimbursement for travel, lodging, equipment or supplies.
  • Volunteers must have contributed to organizations that serve Caledon and its residents
  • Candidates are eligible for Volunteer Service Awards a minimum of every five years

Categories

  • Community and Social Services:  Volunteer with organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Service Clubs, Seniors Clubs, Registered Social Service Agencies, Home & School Associations, Health Care, and Environmental Groups.
    • Nomination period May 31, 2021 to July 11, 2021
  • Sports and Recreation Organizations:  Volunteered as a coach or leader, referee, board member etc. with organizations such as Guides and Scouts, Minor Sports Groups, and Youth Groups, or other recreational groups.
    • Nomination period May 31, 2021 to July 11, 2021
  • Arts and Culture:  Volunteer in a capacity such as chairing, organizing, instructing in or promoting not-for-profit arts and culture organizations.
    • Nomination period May 31, 2021 to July 11,  2021
  • Environmental Leadership:  Volunteer with an environmental group; educator (eg. Eco-team leader), led an environmental initiative or project (eg. tree planting, community garden) or other relevant activities.
    • Nomination period May 31, 2021 to July 11, 2021
 Citizen Achievement Awards
Recognition will be given to Caledon residents who have contributed a significant amount of volunteer time and energy towards the development of community life throughout Caledon in three categories:
  • Youth (13 to 18 years of age)
  • Adult (18 years and above)
  • Senior (55 years and above)

Criteria and Eligibility

An individual receiving an award in the Citizen Achievement Award category must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a resident of the Town of Caledon during his/her accomplishment.  Individuals may be temporarily relocated outside of Caledon for the purpose of the achievement or competition.
  • Groups must have a home base of operation in Caledon and a minimum of 80% of members must be Caledon residents or attend Caledon educational facilities (based on the category).
  • Eligible candidates must be part of a not-for-profit organization and the individual must not have received financial remuneration for their efforts other than reimbursement for travel, lodging, equipment or supplies.
  • Coaches and trainers are considered part of the team if in an unpaid volunteer position and will also receive recognition.
  • Individuals and groups must have achieved success at the provincial, national or international level. Olympic competition qualifies.
  • Individuals and teams can only be recognized in the Achievement Award category once unless a higher level of success is achieved e.g. Provincial to National or National to International championship competition.
  • Accomplishments must have been made within the year of the annual nomination deadline.

Categories

Sports Achievement Recognition will be given to individuals whose involvement in sport has garnered recognition at the Provincial, National or International levels.  For the purpose of this award sports are defined as those activities that require physical skill and conditioning so that competitive excellence may be achieved.

  • Nomination period August 2, 2021 to September 13, 2021

Arts and Culture Achievement  Recognition will be given to individuals or groups whose involvement in arts and culture has received acclaim in competition, judged shows and exhibitions or had commissioned works.  Preference will be given to acclaim at the Provincial, National, or International levels.  Arts and Culture will be considered as Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Media Arts, and Creative Arts.

  • Nomination period August 2, 2021 to September 13, 2021

Distinguished Citizen Award Recognition will be given to a limited number of individuals who have contributed in a meaningful and significant way to the Caledon Community.  These individuals may or may not fit the volunteer criteria but whose selfless efforts are deserving of recognition. The individual must have contributed in a significant way to the Caledon community over a period of time (minimum 3 years) and whose efforts have made an impact on the community in a way in which enhances the quality of life for others.  The individual's achievements may be in a volunteer capacity or other.   The selection committee will make the final decision based on the information provided on the nomination form.  This recognition is based on nominations received annually however may not be awarded on an annual basis.    

  • Nomination period August 2, 2021 to September 13, 2021

Community Champion Award This award is nominated by a selection committee and approved by Town of Caledon Council. This individual award is the highest honour of the Community Recognition Night and recognizes one individual. Nominees from all categories will be considered by the Selection Committee for this award, based on the significance of their community involvement and years of service in all categories.

  • Nomination period October 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021

Submit your nomination

See photos from the 2019 Community Recognition Night