The award recipient and nominees will be honoured at the Leaders and Innovations Conference during the Awards Luncheon.

About the Awards

OCASA Doug Light Lifetime Achievement Award

The OCASA Doug Light Lifetime Achievement Award, named in 2013, pays tribute to an administrator within the Ontario college system who has significantly influenced college education throughout her/his career, demonstrating the following:
leadership (innovation, vision, enterprise, impact, involvement)
contribution to others (students, college, college system, community)
outstanding performance (team involvement, achievements, beyond job expectations, recognition by others).
While nominees must be administrators, their lifetime achievement may include efforts during their time as support staff or faculty if it falls within the criteria listed above. The recipient of this award is highly respected by her/his colleagues and peers and their contributions have helped to shape colleges. Their contribution typically happens on a regional, provincial or national level. They have left their mark for the betterment of colleges.

OCASA Distinguished Administrator Award

The OCASA Distinguished Administrator Award recognizes administrators within an Ontario college who have demonstrated distinguished administrative performance within their college or region demonstrating the following:
outstanding leadership (Innovations, vision, enterprise, impact, involvement)
excellence of performance (team involvement, achievements, beyond job expectations, recognition by others).
This award differs from the Doug Light Lifetime Achievement Award in scope. They are influencers and leaders who are highly respected by their colleagues and have shown strong leadership in their college or region. These administrators are contributing at a high level, but don’t have a lifetime of work behind them yet, nor have they necessarily influenced beyond their local sphere.

OCASA Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award seeks to recognize administrators who are newer to management (approximately five years or less) and who are positively influencing the college through their leadership. Already they have the respect of their colleagues. The criteria used to measure the emerging leader will include:
Initiator – introduces a project or course of action that successfully addresses a management issue
Team Player – motivates and improves the performance of others
Learner – participates in professional development activities
Collaborator – encourages opportunities for collaboration on projects
Community Builder – is involved in college and external activities beyond immediate work assignment (i.e. United Way Campaign, OCASA, Chamber of Commerce)

OCASA Volunteer Award

The Volunteer Recognition Award recognizes the dedication of volunteers working on OCASA’s behalf at their local college, and/or provincially.
Past recipients have been involved as a local college representative, serving on their local ASA leadership team in a key role, through OCASA provincial appointments, or on the Board of Directors.  These volunteers are highly respected by their colleagues and have contributed to a positive work environment at the college, demonstrating OCASA’s values: Professionalism, Excellence, Integrity and Collegiality.

Student Bursary Awards

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