Update on Recognition Awards for MCFN: October 5, 2020

Recipients of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) Recognition Awards will soon be announced.

The Recognition Committee (Jamie-Lyn Gillingham, Pat Mandy and Betty Wybenga) would like to thank all who participated in this important initiative by submitting nominations. The committee also thanks the Knowledge Keepers who helped develop the awards process.

Several nominations were received for the Trailblazer and Community Volunteer awards and were reviewed using established eligibility criteria.

“The selections were not easy,” says Pat Mandy. “The caliber of nominations was excellent and reinforced why these awards are important – to recognize our people and their many contributions.”

Mandy said the plan had been to distribute nomination forms throughout the summer, at usual gatherings such as the Pow Wow and community meetings. “But unfortunately COVID-19 came along and restricted that kind of promotion.”

Instead, the nomination forms were available in the newsletter, on the web site and on the Facebook page, through Councillors and at the Administration Office. “For our first year, and given the restrictions we were working with, we’re delighted with the response,” Mandy said.

A ceremony had been planned for November to recognize and honour the recipients but due to restrictions on social gatherings, that event will be postponed to spring 2021. The award recipients will be announced this month.

Background

In September 2019 MCFN Council approved the establishment of the Recognition Awards Committee to develop annual recognition awards for outstanding members of MCFN. Jamie-Lyn Gillingham, Pat Mandy and Betty Wybenga applied and were appointed for a three-year period to develop categories of recognition, manage the nomination process and submit recommendations to Chief and Council.

Three award categories were established:

The Trailblazer Award recognizes an individual who has provided services to MCFN by increasing MCFN profile and status with external communities, influencers and partners. Nominations were sought and received from the MCFN community.

The Community Volunteer Award recognizes an individual who has shown outstanding generosity, resulting in service or support to MCFN through their time, actions, talents and dedication. Nominations were sought and received from the MCFN community.

Friends of Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation will be given from time to time to honour a person who is not a member of MCFN but whose career in any field has had a major influence or impact on advancing knowledge of our history, language, culture, beliefs and traditions. Selection of this recipient is made by Chief and Council.

Nomination forms were available beginning April 1 until September 1, 2020.