Nomination and Awards 2012

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The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network Aboriginal HIV and AIDS Honoring Ceremonies & Awards

The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network is requesting your help in recognizing Aboriginal people living with HIV/AIDS (APHAs), Aboriginal AIDS Services Organizations (AASO’s), and Aboriginal communities who have demonstrated outstanding and commendable service to the Aboriginal AIDS movement in Canada.

Nominations may be submitted by anyone who wants to recognize the achievements of fellow individuals, families and/or organizations in the areas of:

  • Social/Political/ Community Action
  • Holistic Wellness Promotion/Harm Reduction
  • Young Eagles Award
  • Trailblazers Award (Innovative programs and services)
  • & the Lifetime Legacy Award

Nominees who are selected will be given an award during the banquet at the CAAN annual general meeting in September 2012, Toronto Ontario.

Deadline for nominations is August 15, 2012. Selections will be made by the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network AGM Planning Committee.

Thank You,

Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network

Board of Directors

Nomination Guidelines

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Nominees must have attained an achievement, or provided a service or benefit to the Aboriginal AIDS community; and must consent in writing to the nomination.

Self-nominations will not be accepted.  Nominators may nominate only one candidate per year per category and cannot be related to this candidate.

The deadline for receiving nominations is August 15, 2012 at 4:00 pst.  Please mail or fax in your completed nomination form to: ATTN: Nomination Committee – @ 604-266-7612 or e-mail

Completed nomination packages must include:

  • A description (500 words or less) of the nominee’s significant achievement, service or benefit in the category selected, and a description of the nature and impact of the activities involved. (Including a clear distinction between paid and unpaid/voluntary activities.)
  • A one page biography of the person nominated, or a short profile of the organization clearly identifying achievements in the field of HIV and AIDS.
  • Two additional letters of support for the nomination.
  • Submitted on the form contained in the CAAN announcement.

Selection Criteria

Selection will be made by the AGM planning committee on the basis of the following criteria:

Scope: the range of activities and breadth of influence or inspiration the achievement has on people, families, organizations or the community.

Achievement: the significance of the achievement itself.  Consideration will be given to creativity, innovation, and significance of the activity for individuals, families, and organizations.

Impact: the potential for fundamental and lasting positive change for individuals, families, organizations and the Aboriginal community.

Method: the manner in which the activities were performed, for example, creativity, innovation, consultation and collaboration.

Definitions for Areas of Achievement

  1. Social/Political/Community Action  – The award for Social/Political/Community Action is presented to the individual, organization, group, institution, or AASO, that undertakes an initiative, of any size, that has resulted in a change of public policy or process to the benefit of individuals and/or communities affected by HIV and AIDS. 
  1. Holistic Wellness Promotion/Harm Reduction – The award in this category recognizes individuals who promote and embody the holistic wellness and promotion in the field of Harm Reduction.  
  1. Young Eagles Award – this award is presented to a young person between the ages of 18-29 years of age who has demonstrated outstanding achievement. 
  1. Trailblazers Award (Innovative programs and services) 
  1. Lifetime Legacy Award         

Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network Awards Selection Protocol

The following is the process and criteria for evaluating nominations:

  1. Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) will receive and compile all incoming nominations. In cases where submissions are incomplete (i.e. they do not include the appropriate or required supplementary documentation), CAAN will contact the nominator(s) to ensure that additional materials are sent.
  2. Following the closing date for nominations, CAAN will compile a complete package containing all nomination submissions (including both complete and incomplete submissions) for each Advisory Panel Member. These packages will be distributed by mail to members for their review.
  3. In independently reviewing their packages, Panel Members are requested to select their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices for each of the categories of Areas of Achievement.  Choice selections will also be ranked using a numerical system (and collated by the Coordinator of Appeals on )
  • 1st choice = 3 points
  • 2nd choice = 2 points
  • 3rd choice = 1 point
  1. Panel Members will submit their nominee selections and rankings for each category via fax or email to the Coordinator of Appeals by
  2. A statistical calculation of the votes (and points allocated to each candidate) will determine the award recipient in each category. CAAN will compile the results of all the Panel Members selections.
  3. Although a system of calculating points will generally result in the selection of the awards recipient, a roundtable discussion of these results or of particular cases will take place to ensure there is consensus and agreement among Panel Members.
  4. When awards recipients are selected, CAAN will follow up with the nominated individual, to verify the accuracy of their AIDS-related accomplishments and prior to the decision being ratified.

Conflict of Interest Policy regarding Award Selection

CAAN Nominations Advisory Panel Members who have (or have had in the past two years) a relationship with a nominee or a nominated program are required to inform all other members of the nature of this relationship, and excuse themselves from the award consideration and selection process in the category where the nomination occurs.

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