The Senior of the Year Award has been around for the last 22 years in Hamilton but since 2014 the awards program has evolved. In 2013, an organizing committee comprised of City staffers and members of the Seniors Advisory Committee came together to begin planning for a new awards program where many seniors are recognized for their civic engagement contributions to the Hamilton community. To be eligible for a Senior Award, the senior must be 65 years or older. Eight (8) additional awards were created to recognize seniors who have voluntarily contributed to various areas. These areas include: Lifetime Achievement, Leadership, Innovation, Diversity & Cultural, Healthy & Active Living, Economic Leadership, Compassion & Companionship, and Behind the Scenes. With a strong marketing and communications plan, the awards ceremony also took a new direction by moving from a seniors recreation centre to a local event and conference centre. In 2012, there were approximately 10 nominations and 75 guests in attendance. In 2016, there were 30 nominations and 450 guests. The awards and gala event recognizes and celebrates all nominees and their achievements. The evening includes a full course dinner, entertainment and formal awards ceremony with local media, sponsors and dignitaries.
Main target group: Older people in general
Desired outcome for older people:
Name: Maychak, Lisa
Email address: Lisa.Maychak@hamilton.caPreferred language(s): English