APAC Aboriginal Achievement Award

Purpose

As part of The Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada’s (APAC) founding pillars, recognizing excellence includes sharing success stories from Aboriginal professionals and students across Canada. The APAC Aboriginal Achievement Award is designed to recognize leadership achievements in the Aboriginal professional community. The recipients will represent the positive attributes of Aboriginal leadership and will have contributed to helping to inspire Aboriginal success.

Eligibility

The award is limited to members of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada (APAC) who have been previously recognized in APAC’S Recognizing Excellence program. Award winners from previous year(s) are ineligible.

Criteria

Nominees will have demonstrated several of the following examples of exceptional leadership:

Professional
  • Leadership in Career: Member has shown continued commitment to their desire to achieve success in their chosen career path while motivating and inspiring the people around them to achieve greater accomplishments;
  • Ability to be a Role Model: Member is in good standing in their professional and personal endeavours and sets a positive example for the Aboriginal community;
  • Commitment to Community: Member has demonstrated their commitment to give back to the Aboriginal community; and
  • Demonstrating Resilience: Member has uniquely demonstrated the ability to cope well with pressure, adversity and uncertainty while remaining positive and optimistic despite criticism or set backs.

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Student
  • Leadership in Post-Secondary Studies: Member has shown continued commitment to their desire to achieve success in their chosen educational path while motivating and inspiring the people around them to achieve greater accomplishments;
  • Ability to be a Role Model: Member is in good standing in their professional and personal endeavours and sets a positive example for the Aboriginal community;
  • Commitment to Community: Member has demonstrated their commitment to give back to the Aboriginal community; and
  • Demonstrating Resilience: Member has uniquely demonstrated the ability to cope well with pressure, adversity and uncertainty while remaining positive and optimistic despite criticism or set backs.

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We understand that every organization is unique and has distinct experiences and policies. Thus the proposed content for each of the recorded criteria are only given as outlines (not necessities) of conceivable criteria. We urge you to discover cases of your organization’s practices that best represent each, or any, of the recorded criteria.

Nomination Process

Current members of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada (APAC) can submit nominations. Self-nominations will be accepted and all nominations will be confidential. Nominations will be forwarded to the Awards Review Committee, consisting of representatives from the board of directors, corporate sponsors, and APAC staff.

All award nominees will be notified of their nomination and successful recipients will be notified.

Committee Review

The APAC Aboriginal Professional Achievement Award nominees will be presented to an award selection committee for review. The nominees will be selected from APAC’s Recognizing Excellence Program during the last fiscal year. The committee will evaluate, rank and select the award winner. APAC reserves the right to use the Award winners’ names in communication material regarding the Award.

Award Presentation

In honour of Aboriginal History Month in June,  APAC celebrates Aboriginal leaders within our community at the annual APAC Aboriginal Professional Achievement Award Ceremony. With a corporate partner, we will be awarding 2 remarkable individuals (previously recognized in APAC’S Recognizing Excellence Program) with an Aboriginal Professional Achievement Award. Award winners will be entered into the APAC Hall of Excellence.