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Inviting Nominations to the 2020 class of the Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame

The Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame was introduced in 2017, as part of Orienteering Canada’s 50th anniversary celebrations. We inducted 10 individuals as Builders (now called the Order of Orienteering Canada) in the inaugural Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame: Pat de St. Croix, Jack Forsyth, Kitty Jones, Colin Kirk, Jack Lee, Charlotte MacNaughton, Sass Peepre, Chris Skene, Patricia Skene and Jim Webster. Read more about the inaugural inductees here.

We are now launching our on-going Hall of Fame process, as we build on and grow our Hall of Fame. We have expanded the number of categories. The nomination window is now open.

January 15 – request for nominations announced
February 15 – nomination deadline
March 15 – Hall of Fame inductees announced
Nominations will be accepted every two years: 2020, 2022, 2024, etc.

Purpose & Categories
Great sport organizations are built with purpose, and by people with passion, vision and dedication. This sport thrives because of the people who have made distinguished, lasting and valuable contributions and commitment to improve all areas of orienteering. The purpose of the Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame is to recognize and honour the individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the sport in Canada. The Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame includes the following categories:

  1. Order of Orienteering Canada (Lifetime Achievement)
    (The initial 2017 inductees are in this category. We have changed the name from the original “Builder” category).
  2. Athlete Leadership
  3. Coaching Leadership
  4. Officials Leadership
  5. Administrator Award of Distinction

Category Information

Order of Orienteering Canada (Lifetime Achievement)
This category recognizes and brings attention to those who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to building the sport of orienteering in Canada. Individuals in this category have dedicated years of leadership service at international, national, provincial/territorial and/or the club level. Their vision, leadership and effort has made a distinct, valuable, positive and long lasting impact on Canadian orienteering.
This lifetime achievement award shall be given to individuals who have contributed to the sports heritage of Canadian orienteering for a period of not less than fifteen (15) years, although such a period of service need not necessarily be consecutive.
The Order of Orienteering Canada is the highest award in Canadian orienteering. 

Athlete Leadership
The category applies to athletes who have achieved outstanding and long term success in Canada, or as a Canadian competing abroad and who demonstrate exemplary values, both on and off the field of play. Athletes will be evaluated on their personal sport achievements and also on their contributions and the impact they have made to orienteering in their community.

Officials Leadership
Individuals in this category have made an exemplary contribution over a period of years as an official (course setter, controller and/or event director). Individuals may have also made a significant contribution as a developer or instructor of Orienteering Canada’s officials development programs and/or other technical aspects of the sport (such as: rules, event guidelines, LTAD development, etc). Outstanding Canadian mappers may also be included in this category.

Coaching Leadership
Individuals in this category have made an outstanding contribution over a period of years as an orienteering coach and/or as a developer or instructor of Orienteering Canada’s coaching programs.
Ideally, the coach will have training from the National Coaching Certification Program, although this is not an absolute requirement.

Administrator Award of Distinction
Individuals in this category have made a significant contribution to the growth and development of the sport with their orienteering club or provincial/territorial orienteering association or at the  national level. They have made a significant contribution to developing orienteering as a Board member, program developer, innovative promoter of orienteering, etc. They have been a difference maker

The fine print

  • The inductees will be selected by a panel, cross represented at the National, Provincial/Territorial and club level. 
  • More than one person may be inducted per category.
  • The nominator is advised to pick the category which is the strongest fit for your nominee, and to also include relevant information for their involvement in orienteering in other categories. 
  • The selection committee has the discretion to move a nominee to a different category.
  • Inductees may be inducted in more than one category over time.
  • Posthumous nominations are welcome.

Nomination Process
If you would like to nominate someone to the Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame, please download the nomination form here and submit to by February 15, 2020.

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