Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizing the long-standing contribution of exceptional OMSSA members who have recently retired or who plan on retiring in the year that the award is given.

Eligibility Criteria

Active participation with the association evidenced by at least two of the following:

  • Member of OMSSA networks

  • Member of OMSSA task forces/working groups

  • Member of OMSSA standing committees

  • Member of OMSSA Board of Directors

  • Member of OMSSA Zone executives

Representation of OMSSA on at least one external table, thereby making contributions to human services policy and implementation in Ontario, including: 

  • A committee, working group or table of the provincial government

  • A committee, working group or table of the federal government

  • A committee, working group or table of the Association of Municipalities in Ontario (AMO)

  • A committee, working group or table of OMSSA specifically designed to partner with another association, order of government or sector

A documented meaningful contribution to OMSSA that strengthened the association in one of the following areas:

  • Policy development

  • Educational programs and events development

  • Governance and sustainability

  • Reputation with external stakeholders

A documented, meaningful contribution to the improvement of human service policy and implementation at any order of government.

Nomination Process

Any OMSSA member can nominate another individual, including themselves. 2019 nominations closed on March 1, 2019. Nominations for OMSSA's 2020 awards will open in late 2019. 


Recipients are honoured each year at OMSSA's Annual Leadership Symposium

2019 Recipients

  • Beth Nowak, Director of Children's Services, Cochrane DSSAB

  • Gayle Montgomery, Circles Coordinator and National Recruiter for Circles Canada, County of Lambton

  • Rick Williams, Former CAO, District of Muskoka

2018 Recipients

  • Linda Mitchelson, Former Division Manager, Social Services, City of Peterborough

  • Bruno Ierullo, Executive Director of Employment and Social Services, City of Windsor

  • Roxanne Lambert, Director of Children's Services, Region of Durham

  • Lucy Sobczyk, Manager, Homelessness and Housing Support Services, City of Windsor

  • Joe-Anne Priel, Former General Manager, Community and Emergency Services Department, City of Hamilton

  • Walter Burt, Manager, Social Assistance, Prince Edward Lennox & Addington Social Services

  • Mary Lou White, Children's Services Manager, County of Lanark