Entrepreneur, philanthropist, community leader and founder of what was then St. Christopher House, Sir James Woods (1855-1941) served as a conduit for change within the community. He believed nothing was more rewarding than facilitating others in assisting themselves. A progressive thinker embodying the essence of community development, Sir James Woods exercised leadership within the community, giving his time to ensure the faintest voices would be heard.
This award, presented annually by West Neighbourhood House, is a means of recognizing and encouraging contemporary examples of community development reflective of our founder’s initiative.
Who is allowed to be nominated?
All residents of the city of Toronto, excluding West Neighbourhood House staff and their immediate family. Community groups may also be nominated (excluding service providers). Nominees do not need to live in the West Neighbourhood House catchment area and individuals are permitted to nominate themselves.
Is there a monetary prize accompanying the award?
Yes, there is a $1000 prize that goes to the award recipient. The prize may be divided between the recipient and a charity of their choice, or between two individuals depending on the situation.
Who selects the award recipient?
The Sir James Woods Award committee selects the award recipient. This committee consists of the Executive Director, one board member, one member of the West Neighbourhood House Community Response and Advocacy committee, and two volunteers or members of the community.
If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please email Executive Director Maureen Fair at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominations open in March 1 and close May 1 of every year. The award recipient/s are announced at the West Neighbourhood House Annual General Meeting, which takes place in June.