The Amina Malko Award

This award is designed to recognize a woman in Ontario who has dedicated her efforts to advocating for, and promoting the rights of refugee women.

The late Amina Malko dedicated her life to improving the lives of refugee women in Canada and around the world through untiring and fearless advocacy for human rights and policy change, locally, nationally and internationally. Amina committed her life to the elimination of violence against women and the education of immigrant and refugee youth, especially young women.

Nomination Criteria

  • Is an advocate for the rights of refugee women generally.
  • Engages in public policy advocacy to ensure the equal participation of refugee women in the political, economic and social spheres of Ontario.
  • Demonstrates community leadership in working across the intersections of race, economic status, (dis)ability, gender identity and sexual orientation, etc.
  • Promotes awareness of, and works towards the elimination of violence against women

Nomination Process

The Nominator is responsible for submitting a complete nomination package and must be available for follow-up inquiries by the selection committee.

  • 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.
  • Nominations must be completed and sent to [email protected] by September 28th, 2018.
  • Incomplete or late nominations will not be accepted

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.

The OCASI Award of Excellence

This award is in recognition of an individual’s dedication, commitment and outstanding leadership in the immigrant and refugee-serving sector.

Nomination Criteria

  • Must be employed or a volunteers in the immigrant and refugee-serving sector in Ontario.
  • Engages in public policy development to ensure the equitable economic, social and political participation of immigrants, refugees in Ontario.
  • Is dedicated to promoting anti-racism and anti-oppression.
  • Promotes the benefits of immigration and the importance of refugee protection to Ontario and Canada.
  • Demonstrates leadership in advancing a strong and connected immigrant and refugee-serving sector.
  • Nominees are required to agree to the nomination

Nomination Process

  • The nominator is responsible for submitting a complete nomination package and must be available for follow-up inquiries by the selection committee.
  • 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.Nominations must be completed and sent to [email protected] by September 28th, 2018.
  • Nominations must be completed and sent to [email protected] by September 28th, 2018.
  • Incomplete or late nominations will not be accepted

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.

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.