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CHRA thanks Yardi Canada for sponsoring its 2021 National Awards Ceremonies.

Sustainability Award

(Formerly Robert Hale Jr. Memorial Award)

This award salutes achievements in the areas of sustainable development, resource conservation and community renewal.

Focus: Demonstrates results at a local, regional or national level.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The nominee is an organization, a business or a partnership
  • has undertaken a sustainable housing initiative that includes, but is not limited to, both new builds or building renovations and retrofits that increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce water consumption, redevelop brownfields and revitalize communities,
  • has developed programming or initiatives that engage families and individuals in more sustainable practices, energy conservation and supporting sustainable community revitalization,
  • has completed the project(s) cited in the nomination before the submission of the nomination - plans and unfinished projects are not eligible for nomination - and
  • is a member, in good standing, of CHRA.

Nomination and Selection Process

  • Nominations must come from CHRA members in good standing, either individuals or organizations.
  • A nomination consists of a completed nomination form, a nomination letter of approximately 500-750 words and a minimum of one short letter of support.
  • The CHRA Awards Committee selects and recommends award recipients to the CHRA Board of Directors for final decision. The Awards Committee may add to the list of nominees.
  • A non-selected nomination may be re-submitted in a subsequent year.
  • Awards are presented at the awards luncheon held during the National Congress on Housing and Homelessness.
  • For selected recipients, CHRA will request, in February/March, archival photos, newspaper clippings, etc. for compiling a short promotional video for use in the awards presentation.

Award Guidelines

The nomination and presentation of CHRA awards will be guided by the following terms:

  1. Nominations must come from CHRA members in good standing, either individuals or organizations.
  2. For four of the CHRA awards – the Community Builder, the Sustainability Award, the CHRA-Rooftops International Service Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award – the nominee must be a CHRA member in good standing.
  3. CHRA is not obliged to present each award annually if insufficient nominations are received or those received do not adequately meet the award criteria. Upon internal review, nominees may be transferred into a different, more appropriate award category.
  4. A nomination consists of a completed nomination form, a nomination letter of approximately 500-750 words and a minimum of one letter of support.
  5. The deadline date is January 18, 2021. The Awards Committee may extend this deadline by one or two weeks to promote further submissions. CHRA members currently sitting as an elected officer of the Board of Directors or currently participating in the Awards Committee are not eligible for receipt of a CHRA award although they may act as nominator or supporter. Board members and Awards Committee members should abstain from voting on any awards where they were the nominator, wrote a letter of support or have a conflict of interest. A conflict of interest would occur if the Board member works at the same organization as a nominee, works with a nominee, or could occur for any other reason determined by the Board member.
  6. A non-selected nomination may be re-submitted in a subsequent year by the nominator, revising the submission as needed.
  7. The CHRA Awards Committee selects and recommends award recipients to the CHRA Board of Directors for final decision. The Awards Committee selects the CHRA award winners through a consensus process, aided by an evaluation matrix. The CHRA-Rooftops International Service Award is an exception, administered by Rooftops Canada/Abri International.
  8. Award recipients will be presented with their memento by the CHRA President or designate during the awards luncheon at CHRA's National Congress on Housing and Homelessness. The ticket for the award winner and guest(s) attendance at the awards luncheon is complimentary.
  9. If an award recipient is unable to attend the awards luncheon at CHRA's National Congress on Housing and Homelessness National Congress, an alternate presentation opportunity will be considered. Otherwise their award will be mailed to them.

Past Recipients

The CHRA Sustainability Award was formerly named the Robert Hale Jr. Memorial Award to encourage emulation of the outstanding contribution he made to housing improvement in Canada.

1991 Tom Yauk

1992 Ville de Montreal

1993 Joe Morley

1994 NO AWARD

1995 Robert Skinner

1996 NO AWARD

1997 Société d'habitation du Québec

1998 NO AWARD

1999 Robert Lajoie

2000 NO AWARD

2001 La Ville de Québec

2002 NO AWARD

2003 SHAPEM (Société d’habitation populaire de l’Est de Montréal

2004 City of Montreal Housing Division

2005 NO AWARD

2006 NO AWARD

2007 Fredericton Non-Profit Housing Association

2008 NO AWARD

2009 Stan Schalk

2010 Regent Park Revitalization Project (Keiko Nakamura)

2011 Innovative Residential (Tyler Mathies and Alex Miller)

2012 Pierre Baril (SHQ)

2013 Shayne Ramsay

2014 Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation

2015 Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace

2016 Ottawa Community Housing

2017 Ottawa Salus

2018 NO AWARD

2019 Catalyst Community Development Society

2020 NO AWARD

Questions?

Direct them to:
Julie McNamara, Event Manager
jmcnamara@chra-achru.ca
613-594-3007 ext 15