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Co-operative Spirit Awards

Pictured here, the award recipients of the 16th Co-operative Spirit Award Ceremony, during the "P6" Conference & Celebration, held at theTeatro Conference & Event Centre in Milton, ON on October 28th, 2015 (from left to right): John McFarlane, TeamWerks Co-operative; Peggy Baillie, Eat Local Sudbury; Ian Shewan, Lerners LLP; Ruth Maleki, Gay Lea Foods; Quintin Fox, Gay Lea Foods; Mark Hamel, Gay Lea Foods; Doug Dowhos, TeamWerks Co-operative. 

The Co-operative Spirit  Awards was established in 1999 by On Co-op to recognize the incredible contributions made by Ontario co‑operatives and individuals to the economic and social well-being of our province.

2017 Spirit Awards - Get your Nominations In!

2017 marks the 17th year of the Co-operative Spirit Awards, which recognizes both individuals and organizations that are making a significant impact on the Ontario co-operative movement.  

This year, we are seeking nominations for awards to be presented in TWO categories:

  • CO-OPERATIVE SUSTAINABILITY (awarded to an organization); and 
  • CO-OPERATIVE IDENTITY (awarded to an individual).

Nominators can be individuals or organizations (i.e., Ontario co-operatives, credit unions, caisses populaires, or sector organizations and their staff, board or volunteers), that are Members, or Member of Member Organization of the Ontario Co-operative Association (On Co-op membership applications may accompany the nomination if the nominator is not currently a member). Nominators may submit nominations in more than one category; however, an individual or organization may only be nominated in one category per nomination year.

Recipients will be chosen by our selection panel, consisting of at least three individuals who are familiar with Ontario’s co-operative sector, and who are not On Co-op staff. The Awards will be presented at a special luncheon during the Provincial Co-op Conference, on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Courtyard by Marriott, Downtown Toronto.

Complete Nomination Packages must be received at the On Co-op offices no later than midnight on July 31, 2017 to be considered. For more information on the categories and process, view our Nomination Package or access the Nomination Form in the Downloads section of the right-hand toolbar.



1. Nominations are open to individuals and organizations. Ontario co-operatives, credit unions, caisse populaires, sector organizations, their staff, board members and volunteers are eligible if they are: a) Members, Supporters or Friends of the Ontario Co‑operative Association, or b) Members of a Federation/Association which is part of the On Co‑op membership (i.e., MOMO).

2. Individuals must be nominated by an organization from any of the above categories in order to be considered eligible.

3. Individuals and organizations may also self-nominate. 

4. The number and type of awards to be presented will be determined by On Co‑op or its appointed Selection Panel.

5. Recipients will be chosen by the Selection Panel, consisting of at least three individuals who are familiar with the Ontario co‑operative sector and are not current On Co‑op employees. Decisions are confidential and final.


  1. ** On Co-op will be accepting nomination packages again in 2017 **
  2. Any individual, committee or organization may submit a nomination. This could include members, directors or employees.
  3. Nominators may submit nominations in more than one category; however, an individual or organization may only be nominated in one category during each nomination year.
  4. The nominee should review the entire Nomination Package before signing. Nominators should retain a copy of the Nomination Package.
  5. Download the Nomination Form (online or printable version) from the 'Downloads' section at right.



As of October 2015, 122 Spirit Awards have been awarded. All Award recipients enter the Co-operative Spirit Recognition Awards Recipient Hall of Fame. To see current and past Award Recipients, click on the 'In this Section' link at right.

You can see and hear our awards recipients at our Spirit Awards channel on our Spirit Awards Youtube Channel.


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