Award Nominations

Award Winners

Congratulations 2018 Winners!

Senior of the Year - Don Weir

A retired public servant and farmer who has continued his public service in a volunteer capacity including his many years of community service with the Thamesford Lions Club, his years as a member of Zorra’s Recreation Advisory Committee and more recently as chairperson of Zorra’s Water and Wheels committee which has been successful in raising monies and support for a spraypad and skatepark in Thamesford. Also active in making sure the carpet/indoor lawn bowling continues and is an active member of the Thamesford Lawn bowling club helping to maintain the grounds.  And also contributing in more way than we know as he helps friends and neighbours.  Congratulations to the Township of Zorra Senior of the Year, Don Weir.

Volunteer of the Year - Wendy Marshall

Recipient was instrumental in the Embro Town Hall lift project and spent many hours organizing the project. Congratulations to the Township of Zorra Volunteer of the Year, Wendy Marshall.

Earth Day Poster Contest Winner - Ella Perry

Ella Perry is the winner of our 2018 Earth Day Poster Contest. There were 38 entries received and Ella’s was selected as the winning poster and is featured as the cover of the spring edition of the Zorra Now. Ella is a grade 4 student at Thamesford Public School. Congratulations Ella!

2017 Oxford Stewardship Award Winner!

Oxford County Warden David Mayberry presented the 2017 Oxford Stewardship Award to Scotty and Jodie Zehr from East-Zorra Tavistock at a meeting of County Council, in recognition of their efforts toward land improvement and sustainability.

The Zehr’s were singled out by the award selection committee for their deep commitment to conservation, including efforts to divert clean water away from a livestock yard, planting hardwood trees and wildlife shrubs and creating a two-acre wetland marsh on their farm. This wetland will reduce erosion and nutrient loss and will also improve natural vegetation and wildlife populations in the area. It will also become a key feature of a children’s summer camp, where kids get to experience activities such as horseback riding, frogging, and nature hikes.

Congratulations also go out to short-listed candidates:

The Grieve Family of Zorra Township - for retiring an area of cropland by creating a wetland marsh to reduce overland runoff during storms and adding biodiversity to the landscape.

Jim and Carol Harrison of Zorra Township - in recognition of their efforts to retire 7.5 acres of agricultural floodplain along the middle branch of the Thames River by planting 3,900 seedlings.

Award Nominations

Zorra Volunteer of the Year Award

Do you know someone in Zorra Township who exemplifies volunteerism and whose efforts have somehow positively influenced or affected our municipality? If so, the Township invites you to submit a nomination so they can be recognized for their exceptional efforts! Open the nomination form here.

Zorra Senior of the Year Award

Do you know a senior in Zorra Township who exemplifies volunteerism and whose efforts have somehow positively influenced or affected our municipality? If so, the Township invites you to submit a nomination so they can be recognized for their exceptional efforts! Click here for the nomination form.

Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts are annual awards created in 2006 by the Government of Ontario. The awards recognize the outstanding achievements of artists and arts organizations and their contributions to arts and culture in Ontario over a significant period of time.  Visit the Ontario Awards website for more information.

Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship

The Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship honours Ontarians who, through exceptional, long term efforts, have made outstanding contributions to community life.

Senior of the Year Award

The Senior of the Year Award honours one outstanding local senior who, after age 65, have enriched the social, cultural or civic life of the community without thought of personal or financial gain.

Ontario Heritage Trust Recognition Programs

Ontario Heritage Trust Recognition programs celebrate community efforts to preserve Ontario's heritage. 

Lincoln M. Alexander Award

The Lincoln M. Alexander Award honours youth who have demonstrated leadership in eliminating racial discrimination in Ontario. The award was first given in 1993.

Senior Achievement Award

The Ontario Senior Achievement Award honours people who have made an outstanding contribution to their community after age 65.