Persons of Distinction Awards

This award, first given in 2015, honours individuals from Waterloo Region who have distinguished themselves in the wider community or has made outstanding contributions to the Caribbean-Canadian community.


Nominees must be:

  • A current resident of Waterloo Region
  • Over 18 years of age

Categories & Criteria

Awards will be made to a maximum of five (5) persons in the following categories, meeting the listed criteria:

  1. The individual nominated in the “Of Caribbean Heritage – Service Distinction” category will have:
  • Demonstrated consistent, unselfish and ongoing commitment to the well-being of the Caribbean and/or wider community
  1. The individual nominated in the “Of Caribbean Heritage – Professional Distinction” category will have:
  • Distinguished themselves in the Caribbean and wider community through their professional achievements.
  1. The individual nominated in the “From the Wider Community” category will have:
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to the challenges and concerns of the Caribbean-Canadian community
  • By way of service or in their professional life, made a significant contribution to or impact on the local Caribbean community.
  1. Two (2) individuals nominated in the “Youth of Distinction” category will:
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 up to and including the last day of April in the year in which the award is to be made.
  • Have distinguished themselves in either of the two categories to be decided by the Board in each award year, from the following categories: Sports, Academics, Business/Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Politics and  Professional Achievement.


A Nomination Package consisting of the signed Nominator’s Information and Nominee’s Information forms, along with other support documents provided in support of the information required under Suggested Information, must be completed and submitted to the Nomination Committee of the Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region, (CCAWR) before the stated end of the nomination period.

The decision of the Committee will be based solely on the information provided in the Nomination Package.

  • The Nomination Committee will determine the award recipients
  • The award recipients and nominators will be notified in writing
  • The awards will be presented at the biennial Persons of Distinction award event

Suggested Information

Please provide specific, detailed examples and dates to support the nomination. The information provided will be used by the Nomination Committee to determine the recipients of the award. Your nomination should include:

  • A description of the individual’s contribution
  • Why the nominee deserves to receive the award
  • The impact the nominee’s involvement has had on the community
  • A resume outlining the nominee’s background, organizational involvement, volunteer activities, community involvement, education, awards, recognitions and other achievements
  • Any additional letters or comments that support the nomination

Nominations can be ongoing, but only those received by November 30 of the year prior to the award year will be considered. Nomination packages can be submitted online with the form below, or be mailed to: The Nomination Committee, Caribbean-Canadian Association of Waterloo Region, c/o Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre, 102 King St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 1A7.


Apr 25, 2020
CCAWR - 3rd Persons of Distinction Awards Gala
Conestoga Place - 110 Manitou Drive, Kitchener ON N2C 1L3

The CCAWR honours community members who have been nominated for their yeoman service to the Caribbean Community within the Waterloo Region.

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