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Community Builders Awards

Honouring the residents of Orillia & Lake Country who inspire all of us to reach our full potential

Nominations for 2024 are closed.

The 2nd annual Community Builders Awards will be taking place in April 2024, celebrating the extraordinary individuals and organizations making significant contributions to our city.




The award goes to an individual or group that has helped make the Artistic community stronger. They have championed an individual, an event, an idea, an ethic, or philosophy.

Sponsored by

Print and Signs (Georgian Bay Printers)

Economic Development

The award goes to an individual or group that has had an important impact on the economic well-being of the community. They have chaired and led a committee, they have helped bring new business to town, or they are responsible for putting in place infrastructure.

Sponsored by

CC Fashions Bak 2 Basics


This award goes to a student, teacher, administrator, or education advocate (i.e. parent) who has made a difference in the Orillia & Lake Country area. It could be an extraordinary teacher who has changed the direction of students’ lives, an administrator who established a specialized program, or an advocate who saved a school from closing.

Sponsored by

Orser Technical


This award recognizes a person or group that has had an important positive impact on our environment, both man-made and natural. It may be a private initiative (i.e. an innovative energy efficient home) or a public one (a re-greening project). What all initiatives will have in common is that they demonstrate to the rest of us what is possible in improving our environmental footprint in our community.

Sponsored by

Sanderson Monument

Hall of Fame

Big ideas. An individual or a group that has had a significant impact on the community. People who can be credited with the establishment of an institution (a festival, a park, a community centre).

Sponsored by

Happy At Home

Health Care

The award goes to an individual or group that has had an important impact on the health care of the community. It could be as straight forward as a health-care professional who has gone beyond the call of duty, or the individual who helped establish a health care program that wouldn’t exist without his or her leadership.

Sponsored by

The Stride Clinic


The Legacy Award is awarded posthumously to an individual who has created lasting change and measurable difference in our community through commitment and perseverance. This award pays tribute to an individual’s professional, social or cultural leadership, and vision, and his or her ongoing legacy.

Sponsored by

Rotary Club of Orillia

Sports and Recreation

The award goes to the individual or group that has contributed to the strength of sport in the community. They have inspired people (a coach), established a program (a league or playground), mentored a team or an individual to extraordinary accomplishment, or set an example for many to carry in their hearts.

Sponsored by

Team Micks

Unsung Hero

This award is presented to an individual or group whose tireless work and/or volunteer efforts in our community seek to improve the lives of others. The recipient has created a positive impact in our community both now and for the future.

Sponsored by

Braestone Club

Young Leader

The award goes to an individual or group, under 25 years of age (as of March 2024) actively involved in worthwhile community service, in any one of the Community Builders categories. Recipients are young leaders who show a commitment in making their community better for others.

Sponsored by

Orillia Home Hardware Building Centre

2024 Winners

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Community Builders Awards, designed to honour outstanding members of our community who help make Orillia a better place to work, live and play.

As steadfast champions of local, we strive to support and uplift our community and that most certainly includes the innovative, resilient and inspiring people who make the Orillia & Lake Country area so special.

These awards recognize the incredible achievements of ten local people, organizations or businesses in ten different categories.


  • Arts award: Leslie Fournier
  • Economic Development award: Mariposa Folk Festival
  • Education award: Laura Lee Matthie
  • Environmental award: Green Orillia
  • Hall of Fame award: The Lighthouse
  • Health Care award: Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Simcoe County
  • Legacy award: Michael Jones
  • Sports and Recreation award: Isobel Hill
  • Unsung Hero award: Bruce Duncan
  • Young Leader award: Blythe Wieclawek

Past winners

2023 winners >


What are the eligibility requirements?
To be eligible for nomination, the candidate must be a resident of Orillia & Lake Country for the past 5 years. For the Young Leader award specifically, the nominee must be under 25 years old.

*Please note: Village Media staff and sitting politicians are not eligible for nomination.

When is the nomination deadline?
The nomination deadline for 2024 is Friday, March 8.

When will the winners be announced?
The winners and their nominators will be notified in March and the winners will be announced publicly beginning April 29.

How do I submit my letters of support for a nomination?
You can upload your letters from the nomination form or you can email them to [email protected].

View all frequently asked questions >


At The Community Builders Awards, we greatly value our relationships with our sponsors. Through close collaboration, we strive to develop a sponsorship package to meet your company’s exact needs.

Our tailor-made sponsorship opportunities are designed to address each of our partners’ marketing goals and brand exposure. Our events attract supporters and professionals who are appreciative to luxury products, brands and services. Sponsoring the Community Builders Awards is a creative answer to your marketing needs.

For information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

John Hammill
Regional Publisher
[email protected]

Past sponsors

Orser Technical CC Fashions Bak 2 Basics Print and Signs (Georgian Bay Printers) Orillia Perch Festival Team Micks Orillia Hyundai Rotary Club of Orillia Ellwood Epps Braestone Club Orillia Home Hardware Building Centre


Jasmyn Rowley
Director of Marketing & Communications, Village Media
[email protected]

Abbas Homayed
Director, Community Relations, Village Media
[email protected]