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Community Builder Awards

A photo of people standing in front of our Wall of Inspiration at Ottawa City Hall.

United Way East Ontario honours our community’s outstanding volunteers through its Community Builder Award program — those organizations, partnerships, agencies, neighbourhood groups and individuals who work tirelessly and collaboratively to make our community a better place for everyone. 

Every year, approximately 30 Community Builders — along with Community Builders of the Year — are honoured with individual awards for their outstanding contributions to the community.

We accept nominations year-round for our Community Builder Awards program. Recipients are selected based on criteria including the following:

  • Minimum of three years volunteer work.
  • Volunteer work is a model for others in the local community and has had a measurable impact in our community.
  • Volunteer work is beyond the normal scope of their professional duties and is not a paid position.
  • Nominees volunteer efforts in the community should closely align to United Way’s work – whether it’s supporting people with mental health issues, helping vulnerable seniors, giving kids the change to succeed and more.

Our Community Builder of the Year program are awarded for exemplary work in our community. Information and criteria for these awards are published in January.

Wall of Inspiration

Community Builder Award recipients are inscribed permanently on Walls of Inspiration in Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark County and Renfrew County so people will know their contributions for years to come.

“The Wall of Inspiration is about bringing together outstanding volunteers and celebrating the positive imprint their work has left on our community. Beyond our wishes to recognize their valuable work, we also want to inspire the rest of the community to become involved,” says Michael Allen, President and CEO, United Way East Ontario.