Community Recognition Awards Program

The Township of Hamilton has established Community Recognition Awards to recognize individuals or groups that have made an outstanding contribution to the Township and its Residents.

This year we introduce a new series of awards to recognize the success and achievements by nominating a deserving individual, business, or organization who have contributed through community engagement to make the Township of Hamilton a better place to live, work, raise our children, care for neighbours and building resilient communities for all.

2024 Awards Information - Coming Soon

2023 Awards Categories and Winners

The 2023 Community Recognition and Volunteer Appreciation Event was held November 19, 2023 at the Baltimore Recreation Centre. The event was attended by over 100 people there to celebrate the achievements and dedication of our award winners and volunteers. 

Thank you to our 2023 Community Recognition and Volunteer Appreciation Event Sponsors!

Event Sponsors: Baltimore Valley Garden Centre, Hamilton Township Mutual insurance Company, Northumberland Land Trust, Henderson Music Studio, Johnson's Septic Services


Mayor's Award of Excellence - 2023 Winner: Dan Besso
For individuals, teams, groups, businesses, or organizations to be recognized for exceptional achievements in: Acts of conspicuous bravery, winning a major championship, leading a completed fundraising drive, or leading the development of a new facility, community organization, or community program.
Outstanding Youth Award - 2023 Winner: Rowyn Doyle
Honours a person 19 years or younger for exceptional contribution to their school, team, group, or community.
Volunteer Service Award - 2023 Winners: Patti Branning & Elaine Daignault
For the leadership of an individual recognized for long and exceptional service in volunteer capacities in the township.
Environment Award - 2023 Winner: Blue Dot Northumberland
Will be presented to the nominated individual or non-profit group who has made a significant contribution to conserve, protect, restore, maintain, improve, enhance, or promote a safe, healthy environment within the community
Innovation Award - Bethlehem Walk Committee
We honour individuals and organizations that are doing exceptional work to help create a more engaged, more vibrant, more inclusive community. Nominees for this award have recognized new and better ways to address a need in the community despite the many demands, and sometimes too few resources. Nominees have found innovative, creative, and efficient solutions to make a difference in the lives of others. Their innovative efforts have had a positive impact on the community.

Eligibility and Conditions

  1. Every submission must be completed on the Township of Hamilton Awards Nomination Form and must include the First Name, Last Name, email address and phone number of both the Nominator and the Nominee.
  2. Nominees must reside or operate their organization in the Township of Hamilton. However, the selection committee may choose to honour a non-Township of Hamilton resident or organization with strong ties and contributions to the community. Nominators do not have to reside within the Township.
  3. Nominations must include a detailed explanation of the achievement or contribution including the impact/benefit to the community and the level of commitment of the Nominee.
  4. Nominations must also include 2 signed testimonial letters that detail the value and impact of the achievement or contribution. These letters must indicate knowledge of the achievement/contribution as well as support of the Nominee. Additional testimonials, publications, newspaper articles and media stories may also be submitted.
  5. Self Nominations will not be accepted.
  6. Nominees may be eligible in more than one category, however, the Nominations Committee reserves the right to determine which category the Nominee will be considered for, to ensure equity.
  7. Nominees must not have won the same award within two years.
  8. Present members of Council, staff, and volunteers (including Advisory Committee members and volunteer firefighters) of the Township of Hamilton are not eligible for nominations recognizing contributions made while performing their duties.