Hometown Heroes Award Program

About Hometown Heroes

They find creative solutions to environmental challenges. They engage others in support of a sustainable community. You may know them as students, teachers, neighbours, volunteer groups or local businesses, but to Earth Day Canada, they’re Hometown Heroes working to support a healthier planet.

The Hometown Heroes Award Program is your chance to help Earth Day Canada recognize and celebrate Canada’s environmental leaders who foster meaningful, long-term community awareness and action.

Heroic candidates can win one of five awards.

Youth Hometown Heroes Award – a $5,000 cash prize that can be donated to a local environmental group or cause, or be put toward post-secondary studies in the form of a scholarship.

Individual Hometown Heroes Award – a $5,000 cash prize to donate to a local environmental group or cause.

Teacher Hometown Heroes Award – a $5,000 cash prize to support the teacher’s environmental work at school.

Group Hometown Heroes Award – a $5,000 cash prize to support the group’s work.

Small Business Hometown Heroes Award – a $5,000 cash prize that must be used by the business to make an operational change that results in the business lessening their environmental impact, and permission from EDC to use the award and EDC logo for one year to help market and promote the business and/or an approved product.

The Hometown Heroes Award winners will be celebrated by Earth Day Canada and its partners at an awards ceremony in June, 2017, in Toronto.

The Hometown Heroes Award Program is made possible through the support of Mill Street Brewery, the RBC Foundation and UFile Tax Software.

Youth Hometown Heroes Award

Earth Day Canada will consider youth candidates who:

  • Are 24 years of age or under at the time of nomination – February 28, 2017
  • Demonstrate outstanding environmental leadership, commitment and achievements in their schools and/or local communities
  • Carry out voluntary, not-for-profit environmental efforts, outside of their course requirements and/or employment activities, with notable accomplishments that have resulted in continuous, long-term and sustainable impacts within their schools and/or local communities
  • Engage, educate and empower other students and/or community members to support a healthier environment
  • Focus their environmental efforts in Canada
  • Are Canadian citizens or permanent residents (landed immigrants) of Canada
  • Are not an elected official (applicable to all levels of government)
  • Complete the Youth Hometown Heroes nomination package by February 28, 2017

Individual Hometown Heroes Award

Earth Day Canada will consider individual candidates who:

  • Are 25 years of age or over at the time of nomination – February 28, 2017
  • Demonstrate outstanding environmental leadership, commitment and achievements in their communities
  • Carry out voluntary, not-for-profit environmental efforts, outside of their employment activities, with notable accomplishments that have resulted in continuous, long-term and sustainable impacts within local communities
  • Engage, educate and empower community members to support a healthier environment
  • Focus their environmental efforts in Canada
  • Are Canadian citizens or permanent residents (landed immigrants) of Canada
  • Are not an elected official (applicable to all levels of government)
  • Complete the Individual Hometown Heroes nomination package by February 28, 2017

Teacher Hometown Heroes Award

Earth Day Canada will consider teacher candidates who:

  • Are a teacher at an elementary or secondary school located in Canada that is either publicly funded or independent with charitable status
  • Demonstrate outstanding environmental leadership, commitment and achievements in their school communities with a focused effort on connecting the school community (students, staff and parents/guardians) with nature
  • Engage, educate and empower the school community (students, staff and parents/guardians) to support a healthier environment through direct connection with nature
  • Are Canadian citizens or permanent residents (landed immigrants) of Canada
  • Are not an elected official (applicable to all levels of government)
  • Complete the Teacher Hometown Heroes nomination package by February 28, 2017

Group Hometown Heroes Award

Earth Day Canada will consider group candidates who:

  • Operate as a registered not-for-profit or charitable organization, volunteer group or school
  • Demonstrate outstanding environmental leadership, commitment and achievements in local communities
  • Carry out not-for-profit environmental efforts with notable accomplishments that have resulted in continuous, long-term and sustainable impacts within local communities
  • Engage, educate and empower community members to support a healthier environment
  • Focus their environmental efforts in Canada
  • Are not fully funded and/or delivered by any level of government
  • Complete the Group Hometown Heroes nomination package by February 28, 2017

Small Business Hometown Heroes Award

Earth Day Canada will consider small business candidates who:

  • Are Canadian-owned and operated, and have operated as a registered business for at least two years
  • Carry out their business locally and regionally
  • Demonstrate outstanding environmental leadership, innovation and benefits in their products and/or services and beyond
  • Prioritize long-term environmental planning and/or commitment as an integral part of their business model and/or operations that have resulted in positive sustainable impacts
  • Are engaged in internal initiatives that incorporate environmental best practices, resource conservation and green living from supply chain management to employee engagement programs
  • Serve as community ambassadors, engaging and empowering suppliers, customers and the general public to support a healthier environment
  • Are not government or quasi-government entities
  • Complete the Small Business Hometown Heroes nomination package by February 28, 2017

Thank you for your Hometown Heroes Awards submissions. Please note that the deadline has now passed. We will be announcing the winners in May 2017, and wish everyone who has submitted their application the best of luck.

Many thanks to the following community, business and environmental leaders, who are generously donating their time to help Earth Day Canada determine the winners of the 2017 Hometown Heroes Awards.

Youth Award

Shawn Blackburn
Public Programs Coordinator
Toronto Zoo

Vagner Castilho
2015 Group Hometown Heroes Award Winner
Teacher, Windermere Secondary School

Shannon Dennie
2014 Group Hometown Heroes Award Winner
Junction Creek Stewardship Committee Inc.

Dr. Phil Graniero
Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Windsor

Laura Hay
Senior Policy Analyst
Health Canada

Ben Powless
Organizer, Idle No More Movement
Co-founder, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition

Dr. Scott Slocombe
Dr. John McMurry Research Chair in Environmental Geography
Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies

Individual Award

John Barker
2015 Individual Hometown Heroes Award Winner
West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society

Rebecca Black
Co-Founder/Co-Chair
WiRE

Lisa Maria Fox
Founder & Executive Director
Sustainability Resources Ltd.

Jordan Ignatiuk
Executive Director
Nature Saskatchewan

Kerry McManus
2008 Hometown Heroes Nominee
Councillor on Stratford’s City Council

Wayne Salewski
2014 Individual Hometown Heroes Award Winner

Kulmeet Sandhu
Author, Consultant
Project Management, Sustainable Development and GRI Sustainability Reporting

Teacher Award

Lindsay Bunce
Program Director
Ontario EcoSchools

Karen Conway
Volunteer Coordinator
Toronto Zoo

Karen Eilersen
2013 Small Business Hometown Heroes Award Winner
Director of Child Care
Discovery Child Care Centre

Arlene Etchen
Regional Consultant, Knowledge Transfer and Outreach
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Hon. John Godfrey
Special Advisor, Climate Change
Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change

John Gunn
Canada Research Chair, Stressed Aquatic Systems
Vale Living with Lakes Centre – Laurentian University

Andrew McMartin
Executive Director
p.i.n.e. project

Lyda Salatian
Founder and Executive Director
Green Teams of Canada

Group Award

Reid Bodley
Manager, Waste and Resource Conservation
CN

Ian Cross
Program Manager, Research and Forecasting, Planning and Growth Management, Ret.
City of Ottawa

Jenna Curtis
Stewardship Program Coordinator
Land Stewardship Centre of Canada

Anne Sabourin
Environmental Lawyer
Donnelly Law

Nikki Skuce
Project Director
Northern Confluence

Sarah Woods
2014 Group Hometown Heroes Award Winner
Junction Creek Stewardship Committee Inc.

Alan Young
Director of the Secretariat
Boreal Leadership Council

Small Business Award

Jason Alexander
Legal Counsel
Shoppers Drug Mart

Jean-Philippe Boutin
Sustainability Consultant
Dunsky Energy Consulting

Cindy Cohanim
2014 Small Business Hometown Heroes Award Winner
Manager Business Development and Environmental Programs
Calstone

Sal Howell
2015 Small Business Hometown Heroes Award Winner
Founder and Proprietor
River Café

Gillian Hrycko
Director of Environmental Programs
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Jenise Lee
Founder and CEO
CertClean

Alina Racoviceanu
Sustanability Consultant
Toronto Hydro

Anthony Santilli
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Bullfrog Power Inc.

Congratulations to our Hometown Heroes Award Winners & Finalists!

 

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About Hometown Heroes

The Hometown Heroes Award Program, established in 2004 by Earth Day Canada, recognizes and celebrates environmental leaders, groups and small businesses who foster meaningful, long–term community awareness and action. The Hometown Heroes Award Program is made possible through the support of Mill Street Brewery, the RBC Foundation and UFile Tax Software.

About Earth Day Canada

Celebrated every year on April 22, Earth Day is the largest environmental event in the world. More than six million Canadians—including nearly every school-aged child—participate in an Earth Day activity in their communities. We partner with and support hundreds of organizations across the country, as they engage Canadians in annual celebrations of this special day.

Founded in 1990, Earth Day Canada is a national environmental charity. We offer free, year-round, award-winning programs to educate and inspire Canadians of all ages, backgrounds and sectors to reach local environmental solutions. Our mission is to foster and celebrate environmental respect, action and behaviour change that lessens our impact on the earth.

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About the Hometown Heroes Award Program

What is the Hometown Heroes Award Program?

The Hometown Heroes Award Program, established in 2004 by Earth Day Canada, recognizes and celebrates environmental leaders who foster meaningful, long-term community awareness and action.

Is there a prize associated with the awards?

Yes, there are five awards in five categories; the Youth Award, Individual Award, Teacher Award, Group Award and Small Business Award.

Youth Hometown Heroes Award – the winning youth will receive a $5,000 cash prize to donate to a *local environmental group or cause of his/her choice, or can choose to put the cash prize toward his/her post-secondary studies in the form of a scholarship. The winner will also be recognized at an awards ceremony in Toronto (any necessary travel and accommodation provided).

*Please note that the group must be a registered charity, registered not-for-profit or school.

Individual Hometown Heroes Award – the winning individual will receive a $5,000 cash prize to donate to a *local environmental group or cause of his/her choice. The winner will also be recognized at an awards ceremony in Toronto (any necessary travel and accommodation provided).

*Please note that the group must be a registered charity, registered not-for-profit or school.

Teacher Hometown Heroes Award – the winning teacher will receive a $5,000 cash prize to support his/her environmental work at school. The teacher will also be recognized at an awards ceremony in Toronto (any necessary travel and accommodation provided).

Group Hometown Heroes Award – the winning group will receive a $5,000 cash prize to support the group’s work. The group will also be recognized at an awards ceremony in Toronto (any necessary travel and accommodation provided).

Small Business Hometown Heroes Award – the winning small business will receive a $5,000 cash prize that must be used by the business to make an operational change that results in the business lessening their environmental impact. In addition, Earth Day Canada (EDC) will provide the small business winner permission to use the EDC logo for one year to help market and promote the business and/or an approved product. The business will also be recognized at an awards ceremony in Toronto (any necessary travel and accommodation provided).

When is the nomination deadline?

The next deadline for nominations is February 28, 2017.

 

Eligibility criteria

Who is eligible to win a Hometown Heroes Award?

Hometown Heroes are individuals, groups and small businesses who help the environment in their community and beyond. They lead others to environmental awareness, action and a more sustainable future. They make a difference and improve the state of the environment at the local level. Please visit Eligibility for additional information.

What must be submitted to Earth Day Canada?

To submit a nomination for the Youth, Individual, Teacher, Group or Small Business Hometown Heroes Award, please submit the following to Earth Day Canada:

  1. A typed Hometown Heroes Nomination Form.
  2. Two items of supporting documentation (with a limit of five one-sided pages or five minutes for each item) substantiating the candidate’s environmental achievements (e.g. two of the following items: newspaper articles, brochures, videos, photographs with captions, testimonials, etc.). All documents exceeding these requirements will not be considered in the judging process.
  3. Two reference letters on letterhead (please limit each to a single page). References cannot come from relatives or employees of the candidate.
 

Completing and submitting the nomination package

I need assistance with the nomination package. What should I do?

If you have questions about completing the nomination package, please contact heroes@earthday.ca.

How do I submit a nomination?

Please visit Nominate a Hero for complete information.

I submitted a nomination to the Hometown Heroes Award Program. Will I be contacted with a confirmation of receipt?

Yes, an email confirmation will be sent to all nominators and nominees. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact heroes@earthday.ca.

Can youth, individuals, teachers, groups and small businesses self-nominate?

Yes, youth, individuals, teachers, groups and small businesses can self-nominate.

 

Judging and selection process

How are the nominees evaluated and selected?

An external judging panel of community, business and environmental leaders select the Hometown Heroes Award winners. Candidates will be evaluated on the quality of their environmental and community contributions. Earth Day Canada, Mill Street Brewery, the RBC Foundation and UFile Tax Software are not involved in, nor have any influence over, the decisions of the judging panel.

If I am not selected for the award, will I still be notified?

Yes, notifications will be made by email to all nominators and nominees by end of May, 2017.

For information about the Hometown Heroes Award Program, please contact Hometown Heroes at heroes@earthday.ca.

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