2013 Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards


Take a look around - at school, in the library, at church or on the field. There are young stars everywhere and they deserve to be recognized for their hard work. These stars are making a difference, inspiring others and building community. Nominate them for the 2013 Junior Citizen of the Year Awards. The program strives not only to recognize the dozen or so outstanding people who will be the recipients of awards, but also to give deserving recognition in their own communities to hundreds of others. To achieve this, everyone nominated receives a certificate of congratulations.


Coordinated by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association with the support of its 300 member newspapers and our sponsors.

Nominations may come from anyone in the community who wishes to recognize a deserving young person for all they do. Nominations should document the activities of the nominee with letters, newspaper clippings, recommendations, photographs, etc.


Nominees from previous years who continue their noteworthy endeavours are eligible to be nominated again. New nomination forms and updated documentation are required.

Nominations will be accepted until November 30, 2013.

Nomination and supporting forms are available in both pdf and Microsoft Word formats. If you use the 'Word' format document you will be able to complete it on your computer. The PDF document can be printed and written on. Forms can be e-mailed to - jr.citizen@ocna.org, faxed to 905-639-6962 or mailed to us.


Each submission must include at least two supporting nominations.

Parents/Guardians must sign to acknowledge the PIPEDA policy.


Nomination Form (English Word document)  Nomination Form (French Word document)
Nomination Form (English PDF) Nomination Form (French PDF)
Supporting Form (English Word document) Supporting Form (French Word document)
Supporting Form (English PDF) Supporting Form (French PDF)
Policy concerning the Personal Information Act (PIPEDA)


Nomination forms are also available at, and completed forms may be returned to:

  • The Ontario Community Newspapers Association,
    3228 South Service Rd., Suite 116, Burlington, Ontario L7N 3H8, Tel: 905-639-8720, Ext. 221 · Fax: 905-639-6962 Email: jr.citizen@ocna.org
  • Your local community newspaper office


Any resident of Ontario, aged six to 17 years (must be at least six years, but no older than 17 years by November 30, 2013), is eligible to receive an Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award. Only individuals may be nominated.

Nominees may be involved in
  • worthwhile community service;
  • special young people who are contributing while living with a physical or psychological limitation;
  • individuals who have performed acts of heroism or bravery in the past year;
  • recipients may also be 'good kids' who show a commitment to make life better for others and do more than is normally expected of someone their age.

The Award

A committee of community newspaper publishers, editors, and our sponsors will select the award recipients from all nominations received.

Up to 12 individuals will be recipients of an award. Recipients and their families are invited to attend an awards ceremony in Toronto in March 2014. Final recipients will be announced on this web site on Friday, January 24, 2014.

NOTE: Final recipients will be required to submit photographs depicting their activities and achievements for reproduction associated with the program.

The Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards Program strives not only to recognize the dozen or so outstanding young people who will be the recipients of awards, but to also give recognition to hundreds of others who represent the 'good kids' we all know. To achieve this, everyone nominated receives a Certificate of Recognition from their local community newspaper.


Meet Past Recipients

Read about the 2012 Junior Citizens of the Year

Read about the 2011 Junior Citizens of the Year
Read about the 2010 Junior Citizens of the Year.

Our Sponsors

Our goal to recognize outstanding young people in communities across Ontario would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.

Primary Sponsors

TD Canada: Making a Difference Together 

TD Community Giving
TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change in the places where it operates and where its clients and employees live and work. In 2012, TD donated over $65 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people and the environment. For further information, please visit www.td.com/corporate-responsibility


Direct Energy. Simple. Friendly. Direct.

Direct Energy: Helping Communities Help Each Other
Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy-related services providers with more than 6 million residential and commercial customer relationships. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE:CNA), one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 46 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada. For more information, please visit www.directenergy.com.


Patron Sponsors
James Publishing Company
McLaren Press Graphics Ltd
Performance Printing
Temiskaming Printing Co.

For more information on the Junior Citizens Awards, please contact Kelly Gorven (905) 639-8720 ext. 221.