The Community Builder Award is presented each year to a local volunteer who has helped shape and promote our community through their work. You can nominate a volunteer to receive this award. The recipient is selected by Council, and presented with the award at the Volunteer Appreciation event. Above all, this award recognizes those who strive to make the Municipality of Meaford an incredible place to live, work and play.


Nominees must be a volunteer who has displayed continued dedication to a cause or causes that have benefited the citizens of Meaford. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Exemplary service with a community group or special interest group
  • Exemplary service on a committee or local board
  • Organizing and/or running events or other activities that contribute to the unique cultural atmosphere of the community

Nominees must be active volunteers or have been an active volunteer within the past five (5) years. Nominees must volunteer individually or for a community group or special interest group based in the municipality. Consideration may also be given to individuals associated with organizations based outside of the municipality, so long as their efforts can be shown to have provided a material benefit to Meaford and its citizens.

Current members of the Council of the Municipality of Meaford are ineligible to receive the award. Current employees of the Municipality of Meaford are ineligible to receive this award, except where their volunteer efforts can be shown to be fully distinct from their paid position.

Prior recipients of the award cannot be nominated for another five (5) years.

 Make a Nomination


Nominations for the 2023 Community Builder Award have now closed.



Community Builder Award Nomination Form 


 Recipient Selection

All nominations will be reviewed by the Municipality of Meaford Council during a closed session of Council. Council may elect not to select an award recipient in any given year if no nominations are deemed to be appropriate. Identifiable information regarding nominated individuals shall not be released to the public at any time. Only the name of the individual receiving the award shall be made public. If no nominations are received, Council may, at their discretion, present the award to an individual of their choosing.


Past Winners


community builder award recipient Marilyn Morris posing with Barb Clumpus

2019 Community Builder recipient, Marilyn Morris with Mayor Barb Clumpus



In 2020, the Community Builder Awards and Volunteer Appreciation event were cancelled due to COVID-19. To show support for the important volunteer efforts in our community at that time, the Municipality donated the $4,000 allocated originally to the volunteer dinner, to the Golden Town Outreach Foodbank. 

Click here to learn more about Golden Town Outreach Foodbank



picture of Julia Tichbourne, Gilles Hache and Mayor Clumpus

2021 Community Builders recipients, Gilles Hache and Julia Tichbourne with Mayor Barb Clumpus



Wayne Challis accepting his award from Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and Mayor Barb Clumpus

2022 Community Builder Wayne Challis with Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and Mayor Barb Clumpus

The 2022 Community Builder Award was awarded to Wayne Challis, Louis Breadner, and Helen Hume. 




Volunteer Appreciation Event Information

The 2023 Volunteer Appreciation Event will take place on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at Meaford Hall, 12 Nelson St., Meaford from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Presentation of the Community Builder Award will take place at 5:00 p.m. in the Opera House.

Reception will take place in the Galleries. 

If you have received an invitation, please RSVP by April 11th to Andrea Roylance at

volunteer appreciation invite card. Colourful background with hands reaching to the sky.



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