Distinguished Service Award
The purpose of this guide is to assist individuals wishing to nominate an individual for a Distinguished Service Award for service to the profession and/or community.
It outlines in detail each phase of the process and will serve as an essential reference. Following the steps in this guide will ensure a complete nomination that gives the nomination the best chance of success:
- Step 1: Review the admission criteria
- Step 2: Submit a completed nomination form, signed by two nominators who are members. Where the nomination is not-for-profit or charitable organization based, the nomination can be proposed by non-members.
- Step 3: Submit a complete nomination package, following the instructions in each section and including support letters and materials (see examples) that clearly demonstrate the dedication, commitment and outstanding contribution that the member has made. The package should be detailed enough to allow the Member Recognition Committee to fairly evaluate the nomination submitted.
All nominations are carefully considered by the Member Recognition Committee, which will make its recommendations to the CPABC Board of Directors.
Once the CPABC Board of Directors has approved the awards, the award recipients will be contacted directly. For unsuccessful nominations, the nominator will be contacted, as the nominee may not be aware that they have been nominated.
Award recipients will be profiled in the CPABC In Focus magazine and on the CPABC website (subject to their providing permission) and will be recognized at a Member Recognition event
The importance and effect of volunteer work deserve to be recognized both within and outside the organization or association that benefited from the volunteer’s contribution.
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes members who have been actively involved in activities as volunteers for many years for their dedication, commitment and outstanding contribution to:
- the CPA Profession usually in committees, chapters or task forces of the CPA profession and/or
- for their unstinting support to one or more not-for-profit or charitable organizations.
Candidates are selected on the basis of the importance of their recent or present volunteer contribution to the profession and/or to one or more not-for-profit or charitable organizations for a substantial period of time. The demonstration of outstanding service should be evidenced by:
- Significant contribution as a volunteer for a substantial period of time:
- within community or charitable organizations or other not-for-profit organizations, or
- on a Board, chapter, committee or initiative that furthered the CPA profession;
- Known for openness honesty, integrity and professionalism, and providing leadership and dedication;
- Participation in activities or events as a member, honorary chair, organizer, etc.;
- Quality of work accomplished for organizations;
- Strength of commitment;
- Key role in improving the organization’s models and practices and implementing new initiatives;
- Achievements that will have a strong positive impact for the organization.
Nomination files should highlight the fact that candidates clearly identify themselves as Chartered Professional Accountants and that they are known and recognized as CPAs.
Nominees must meet the following requirements:
- Be a member in good standing
- Recipients of equivalent awards are not eligible (equivalent awards include legacy and the previous Community Service and Volunteer Service to the Profession Awards)
- Not be a member of a Board of Directors of CPABC or CPA Canada or the CPA Western School of Business
- Not be employed by the profession for recognition of service to the profession
- Not be compensated/paid for the activity being recognized
- Not have been unsuccessfully nominated for this award three or more times during the previous seven years (excluding any nominations made in 2016 or earlier)
- Demonstrate significant achievements as outlined in the selection criteria
- Nominated by more than one member. Where the nomination is not-for-profit or charitable organization based, the nomination can be proposed by non-members.