The award is named after Sir James Woods (1855-1941), the founder of West Neighbourhood House (then St. Christopher House). 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.
The annual award recognizes an individual or group who:
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.
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.
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 on March 1 and close May 31st of every year. The award recipient/s are announced at the West Neighbourhood House Annual General Meeting, which takes place in June.
Click the links below to see information on our past award recipients: