2021 Spirit Awards

A celebration of community Leadership

We are grateful and excited to bring you to United Way Waterloo Region Communities’ 2021 Annual Spirit Awards. Although virtual this year, we feel celebrating all those who support us is more important than ever. Please join us as we say “thank you” and honour all those who have shown us what Community Spirit really means.

Presenting Sponsors:

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2021 Spirit Awards

Nominees & Winners

Driving community change

LABOUR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AWARD

Award Winner

Waterloo Regional Labour Council

The Labour Community Partnership Award honours a labour partner whose members have shown dedication to the community through exceptional financial and volunteer support, exemplifying the sustained and rewarding relationship between the labour movement and United Way. 

AWARD Nominees

  • Waterloo Regional Labour Council
  • Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario Waterloo
  • United Steelworkers South Central Ontario Area Council
  • United Steelworkers Local 4610
AWARD SPONSORED BY:
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SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY (INDIVIDUAL) AWARD

Award Winner

Tracey Szarka

The Spirit of the Community Award honours an individual that personifies exceptional community spirit, team spirit and spirit of generosity through their significant overall partnership with United Way.

AWARD NOMINEES

  • Tracey Szarka (Beechwood West Community Cookbook initiative)
  • Sarah Francis (Local Love sign initiative)
AWARD SPONSORED BY:
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SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY (ORGANIZATION) AWARD

Award Winner

BESTWR

The Spirit of the Community Award honours a group, organization, or agency that personifies exceptional community spirit, team spirit and spirit of generosity through their significant overall partnership with United Way.

AWARD NOMINEES

  • Gore Mutual Insurance
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Memory Tree Productions
  • The Working Centre
  • BESTWR
  • Clarion Medical Technologies
  • Funders Collaborative
AWARD SPONSORED BY:
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OUTSTANDING WORKPLACE CAMPAIGN AWARD

Award Winner

Dare Foods Ltd

The Outstanding Workplace Campaign Award recognizes an organization that has shown outstanding efforts in informing and engaging employees ultimately leading to increased donations, participation, and overall support of United Way.

AWARD NOMINEES

  • Dare Foods Ltd
  • University of Waterloo
  • Gore Mutual Insurance
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
AWARD SPONSORED BY:
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OUTSTANDING AGENCY IMPACT AWARD

Award Winner

House of Friendship

The Outstanding Agency Award is presented to a funded agency, which, through their collaborative effort with United Way, shows outstanding leadership and dedication while continuing to drive change and impact in the community.

AWARD NOMINEES

  • Cambridge Shelter Corporation
  • Carizon Family and Community Services
  • Community Justice Initiatives of Waterloo Region
  • The Literacy Group of Waterloo Region
  • Bridges to Belonging of Waterloo Region
  • House of Friendship
  • Peace for All Canada
AWARD SPONSORED BY:
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KEN SEILING COMMUNITY LEADER AWARD

Award Winner

Samson Ling

The Community Leader Award recognizes an exemplary public leader who, through extraordinary contributions and outstanding commitment, has driven the spirit of community through personal involvement and initiative with United Way and throughout Waterloo Region.

AWARD SPONSORED BY:
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