The Honour Roll has four award categories. With the exception of the Social Justice in HIV/AIDS Award, each category will induct one nominee annually unless the nominations received do not meet the eligibility criteria or no nominees are received for the category. A nominee may only be inducted in one award category.
The Person with HIV/AIDS Leadership Award
The Person with HIV/AIDS Leadership Award honours an individual who self-identifies in the work as a person living with HIV/AIDS. The recipient demonstrates leadership and resilience, provides inspiration and aspires to reduce stigma and discrimination. The recipient may be involved in HIV/AIDS work as a staff or volunteer.
The Caring Hands Award
The Caring Hands Award honours an individual who is involved in the direct provision of supportive care for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS through the delivery of frontline service or treatment. The recipient inspires hope and dignity with compassion and respect. The recipient may be involved in HIV/AIDS work as a staff or volunteer, e.g. driver, case manager or buddy.
The Community Partners Award
The Community Partners Award honours an individual or organization that delivers community support through the provision of resources, research or treatment to improve the quality of life and dignity for people living with HIV/AIDS. An individual recipient may be involved in HIV/AIDS work as a staff or volunteer, e.g. harm reduction worker, fundraiser, prevention worker or researcher. An organization recipient may be an organization or program that addresses issues that affect people who are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS or that serves people affected by HIV in related fields such as housing, settlement, legal, addictions, mental health or youth.
- All nominations must be submitted by the specified deadline using the OAN Honour Roll Nomination Form.
- Nominations can be made by an individual peer and/or colleague as nominator and seconder and must be endorsed by an OAN member organization or affiliate.
- The nomination form must be signed by the nominator, seconder and endorser. The endorser signature must be that of the Executive Director or Board Chair of the OAN member organization or affiliate.
- Individuals can nominate more than one person or organization.
- Individuals can nominate one person in more than one Award category but a separate nomination form is required for each nomination.
- An endorser can endorse more than one nomination.
- A nominee may be informed of the nomination at the discretion of the nominator.
- Multiple submissions for a single nominee will not be given any additional consideration.
- Nominations received after the deadline for nominations will not be considered.
- Screening of nominees will be carried out by the Nominations Committee which will then make recommendations to the OAN Board of Directors. The final selection of the Award recipients will be approved by the OAN Board of Directors.
- The names of all nominees will be kept confidential by the OAN and only Award recipients will be contacted.
- Once the final selection has been approved and the recipients have agreed to accept the Award, their names will be made public prior to the OAN Honour Roll Awards Ceremony.
A nominee will be assessed by the following criteria:
- Demonstrated a long-term and consistent commitment to the AIDS movement in Ontario, ideally at least 5 years.
- Displayed leadership in advocacy, service delivery, programming, research or managing change.
- Expressed courage and strength in the face of challenge or adversity.
- Demonstrated a commitment to equity and inclusivity, including to racialized, socially marginalized and minoritized communities.
- Expressed the OAN Values in action.
- Developed best practices or creative programs or services.
- Worked collaboratively, cooperatively and in partnership in support of the AIDS movement in Ontario.
- Carried out work that had an impact locally, regionally and/or provincially.
- Be of any age, living or deceased, and a current or former volunteer, activist, staff person, Board member, researcher or caregiver. Organizations do not have to be AIDS-specific.
OAN staff, management and Board members are not eligible to be nominated, be a nominator or be a seconder on a nomination until they have left the organization for at least 2 years.