This award recognizes a member of the Canadian Diabetes Association Professional Sections, National Advocacy Council or Area Advocacy Committee, or a grassroots advocacy volunteer or group who has demonstrated exemplary leadership, commitment and dedication in advancing public policy in the interests of people living with diabetes and in accordance with the advocacy strategy of the Association.


Candidates must:

  • be a member of the Canadian Diabetes Association Professional Sections, National Advocacy Council, Area Advocacy Committee or a grassroots advocacy volunteer or group
  • demonstrate that their advocacy work applies to the advocacy strategy/goals of the Association.

Nomination Process

Nominations will be called from Areas, Regional Leadership Centres, Branches, Professional Sections and the National Office. It is the responsibility of the Regions to submit the nominees to the National level. ALL NOMINATIONS FOR NATIONAL AWARDS SUBMITTED BY THE REGIONS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE APPROPRIATE AREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

Approval Process

The decision to grant awards is subject to the discretion of the National Awards Committee. The committee reserves the right not to grant certain awards in any given year if suitable nominees or recipients are not identified.

Group / Individual

The award may be given to a group or to an individual.

Number Awarded

1 per year Award

The award shall take the form of an inscribed commemoration and the recipient will:

  • Attend the Canadian Diabetes Association’s National Annual General Meeting; and
  • Throughout the year, be featured in communication activities such as the Association’s Diabetes Advocate, the Association’s website, etc.

Additional terms:

  • Any possibility that an individual or organization could exploit winning this award for personal profit or commercial advantage will be taken into consideration by the National Awards Committee.
  • No member of the Association’s Board of Directors or the National Awards Committee is eligible for nomination for the award unless under exceptional circumstances.
  • This award is intended to recognize current advocacy activities, and will not be awarded posthumously. However, in the event of the nominee’s passing after being selected, but before being presented with the award, it shall be presented posthumously.
  • A nomination may be resubmitted in a subsequent year.