2013 ACE Awards category criteria

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Achievement in Community Excellence (ACE) Awards for the year of 2013
Deadline for Nominations: Friday April 18th, 2014
Please place an X in one of the appropriate categories after reviewing the below criteria and complete final page of nomination form
Note: All nominees must be residents of Corner Brook or a business/organization that is located within Corner Brook.

ACE Awards 2013

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Business Excellence

Three businesses will be recognized with the award for Business Excellence. Nominated businesses will be categorized according to number of employees; 0-10, 10-49 and 50 plus. This award will be given to businesses that have been in operation for 10 years or more and each business must demonstrate excellence in business operations in a number of areas such as:

- Production                    

- Sales and Marketing          

- Market Expansion and Exports

- Quality Control              

- Client Services                    

- Human Resources

- Financial Management 

- Environmental Practice    

- Community Impact

Each business is viewed by peers as being a leader in business excellence and has demonstrated the best aspects of entrepreneurial spirit. It will also demonstrate a commitment to the community via volunteer involvement and financial support of community activities.

Rising Star

This award will be given to a business that has been in operation in Corner Brook for 1-5 years. The business is profitable and has demonstrated strong growth via, innovation and leadership during the first years of operation. The business has demonstrated a culture of risk taking and trailblazing, it has positioned itself to achieve similar success in the future.

Customer Service

This award will be presented to a business that has consistently demonstrated a commitment to the community via quality customer service. This business is beneficial to the community by providing friendly approachable service in an inviting and welcoming atmosphere. This business goes above and beyond what is expected.

Innovation

This award will be given to a business that has created a concept that is new or unique or has applied innovative improvements to existing processes, products or services. There must be a degree of success associated with the utilization of the innovation, with productivity improvements and/or increase sales as a result.

Community Environmental Leader

The Community Environmental Leader Award honors the work of an individual who has continually gone the extra mile to help steward our environment and engage in conservation. An individual who takes a stand, demonstrates leadership, takes initiative in the idea, promotion and completion of a community environmental initiative(s). Community leadership is not age dependent; the award winner will have a record of excellence in contributing to environment stewardship and serve as a positive role model within the community. Aspects that are important to take into consideration are volunteerism, consistent dedication to the environment and improving the quality of life offered within Corner Brook.

Green Business

An award for any business or group of businesses that operate in an environmentally responsible manner and/or produce a product that reduces natural resource consumption, supports local community and supports the local economy. The Green Business Award celebrates excellence in green practices, strategy and products. They seek out the most innovative, ambitious and effective initiatives by Corner Brook businesses for achieving environmental sustainability and implementing smart business practices.

Corner Brook Environment Award

This award is for an organization or educational institution that demonstrates a strong commitment to overall environmental issues within Corner Brook.  Through community initiatives and efforts the winner will positively affect the environment and minimize the negative impacts within Corner Brook.

Overall Artist of the Year

The Overall Artist of the Year Award recognizes the art or activity of a person/group that has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Corner Brook in 2013.

Emerging Artist of the Year

The Emerging Artist Award recognizes new and upcoming talent in 2013. It is awarded to an emerging artist, group or arts organization that has been formed for no longer than three years who have earned significant recognition for a piece of work or impact on the arts scene.

Arts Event of the Year

The Arts Event of the Year Award recognizes an arts event that occurred in the community in 2013 that had a significant impact on the cultural life of Corner Brook. Examples of arts events include art festivals, gallery exhibitions, theatrical performances, concerts or readings.

Heritage Project Award

A completed project that has contributed towards improving and conserving the heritage of Corner Brook in 2013.

Note: This project does not have to be a registered heritage building or structure and can apply to commercial buildings and personal households.

Heritage Individual or Organization Award

This award will be presented to an individual or organization that has made a contribution towards preserving the heritage of Corner Brook in 2013.

Criteria for nominations for both awards are as follows:

- Restoration, rehabilitation, adaptive re-use or continued maintenance of a building, house or structure with significant heritage interior or characteristic features.

- Use of innovative engineering techniques or restoration/conservation methods in upgrading a building, house or structure.

- Preservation of a heritage landscape or other natural features.

- Heritage advocacy of a group or individual in the preservation of a heritage site or increasing public awareness of heritage issues.

- Publication, educational program, exhibit, or activity that promotes heritage conservation.

- Efforts in community or neighborhood revitalization tied to heritage conservation or awareness.

Female Athlete of the Year (Gerry Basha)

Nominees are eligible if the athlete was of amateur status and was involved in a sporting activity in the City of Corner Brook during 2013. “Amateur” is defined as an athlete under no financial contract nor receiving monetary compensation for participating in the sport in question.

Male Athlete of the Year

Nominees are eligible if the athlete was of amateur status and was involved in a sporting activity in the City of Corner Brook during 2013. “Amateur” is defined as an athlete under no financial contract nor receiving monetary compensation for participating in the sport in question.

Active & Healthy Living Community Champion (Individual)

Eligible nominees can be individuals who are community focused; inspiring and who have supported others to become more physically active in 2013. They can be a coach, employee of a local organization, or an individual who has developed/supported new programs or initiatives for people to engage in physical activity who would not typically do so.

Active & Healthy Living Community Champion (Organization)

Eligible nominees are businesses, community focused clubs/groups/organizations that have supported individuals to become more physically active in 2013.

Businesses must present how they have introduced policies or innovative actions that support their employees/employees’ families and/or the general community (e.g. innovative child care options, incentives to be more active).

Community clubs/groups/organizations need to be present examples of programs/initiatives they have developed and/or supported that have increased levels of physical activity, particularly among people who would not usually engage in physical activity.

Lifetime Achievement (Joe Mullins)

Nominees will be eligible if they, any person, athlete (amateur, professional or semi-professional) or group of persons were previously involved in sports within the City of Corner Brook and have distinguished themselves in our Community.

Coach/Executive of the Year

Nominees are eligible if they were associated with a sporting activity in the City of Corner Brook during 2013 on an organizational, administrative and/or coaching level. For this award, a person can be a volunteer or hold a paid position in that particular sport or organization.

Citizen of the Year and Youth Citizen of the Year Awards

The cornerstone of the Citizen of the Year and Youth Citizen of the Year awards is volunteerism and leadership that is reflected in citizen’s quality of life in Corner Brook and surroundings area.

These awards will be presented to an adult and youth citizen in recognition of his/her outstanding contributions directly to the community during 2013 and has consistently demonstrated excellence in community leadership, has made, or is making significant contributions to the welfare of the community through betterment and whose efforts have contributed to positive and sustainable growth and stability for the area.

Youth Citizen of the Year

Nominations must contain the following information:

- Demonstrated leadership commitment

- Demonstrated community service commitment

- Under the age of 21 years

- Residency and personal background

- Impact upon the community

Citizen of the Year

Nominations must contain the following information:

- Length of service to the community, outside the parameters of employment

- Residency and personal background

- Legacy created and/or the impact created upon the community

- Enhancement of and impact upon the community

Along with the information requested as stated above, your narrative and supportive materials should stress how the individual’s volunteer efforts benefited the quality of life within the community, and describes how the nominee displayed exemplary:

- Commitment

- Support

- Skills

- Leadership

- Outreach to other citizens

- Desire to make positive impact in the community

Include specific projects or committees on which the volunteer was involved, such as an advisory board, recreation project, or event planning activities, etc.

Non-Profit Organization of the Year

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in 2013 by a nonprofit organization in the community. A nonprofit organization is an organization engaged in activities of public or private interest that are not motivated by making a profit (charities, foundations, advocacy groups, etc.). Criteria for nominations are as follows:

- Meets the standards generally accepted to be qualified as a nonprofit organization.

- Describe nominees programs, activities, and/or initiatives that positively impact the citizens of Corner Brook quality of life.

- Describe organizations background, partnerships and/or community involvement.

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Geographic location: Corner Brook

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