The OCASI Social Justice Award 2018

Voting is now open!

Designed to recognize the efforts and work made by an OCASI Member Agency. This award recognizes an organization for its work in advancing the immigrant and refugee serving sector agenda through cross-sectoral collaborations and innovative practices and who have taken an active role in their commitment to equity and social justice to improve the lives of newcomers to Ontario.

How are nomintations decided?

On August 28, 2018, OCASI sent a call for nominations to its member agencies. By the deadline, the following seven (7) OCASI member agencies had been nominated.

The Social Justice Award is unique in that it allows OCASI member agencies to vote directly for their favorite organization.

Voting is easier than ever – cast your votes at any time during the Voting Round from October 5, 2018 to October 22, 2018.

How to vote:

  • Click the link provided for each of the nominees.
  • Each nominee has their individual voting platform. If you wish to vote for more than one agency, click on the individual link provided to cast your vote.

The process is entirely automated on our end. The nomination with the most votes wins!

Please Note: If you are voting for one agency, the voting platform will allow you to only vote once from the same device. However, you will be able to cast your vote for more than one agency from the same device.

The winner will be announced at the OCASI 40th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

For more information please contact Felicia Christmas, OCASI Conference Coordinator at [email protected]

Agent of Change Award

This award recognizes an organization for its work in advancing and advocating for the immigrant-refugee-serving sector through cross-sectoral collaborations and innovative practices.

Nomination Criteria

  • Nominator and nominee must be an OCASI member agency.
  • Honours and respects individuals and communities served in all its activities.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to working with immigrant and refugee communities through an anti-racist anti-oppressive framework.
  • The creation of sustainable structures for the immigrant and refugees sector through innovative programming and immigrant and refugee community events or initiatives.
  • Advances and advocates for better access to services for the immigrant-refugee-serving sector through cross-sectoral collaborations.

Nomination Process

  • Nominees are required to agree to the nomination. Nominees cannot vote for themselves.
  • You will be required to provide a detailed description of the candidate’s background, relevant experience and reasons why the individual should receive the award. The description should be approximately 500 words or one page in length.
  • The Nominator is responsible for submitting the nomination package and must be available for follow-up inquiries by the selection committee.
  • Nominations must be completed and sent to [email protected] by September 28th, 2018.
  • Incomplete or late nominations will not be accepted.
  • The Social Justice awards will be judged by the members of the public.
  • Voting for the awards will begin from September 28, 2018, to October 22, 2018.
  • In the last two weeks of voting, only the top five candidates with the highest votes will advance.

The OCASI awards are selected by an external judging panel. This external committee is composed of community members who work to support the immigrant and refugee serving sector.

40th Anniversary Gala Performances

The gala will also feature special performances by:

  • Photo of Spin El Poeta

    Spin El Poeta

  • Photo of Lady Son

    Lady Son

  • Photo of Mahlikah Awe'ri

    Mahlikah Awe'ri

  • Photo of Felix Cabrera

    Live DJ:

    Felix "Flex of all Trades" Cabrera

  • Photo of Silent Auctions Canada

    Silent auction sponsored by:

    Silent Auctions Canada

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