Civic Awards


Honouring our community

Please be advised that due to COVID-19 the annual Civic Awards program is not currently accepting applications. Further information will be made available on the website when plans for the awards (including 2019) have been determined. Thank you for your patience.

Each year, we present Civic Awards to residents of the City of Peterborough who've made a difference in the community through sports, arts, culture and volunteering. Applications are available in February each year and the awards are presented at a public event in June.


  • Adult Athlete of the Year
  • Athletic Award of Merit
  • Community Betterment
  • Cultural Betterment
  • Environmental Stewardship/Sustainability
  • Holnbeck Award
  • Junior Athlete of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Mayor's Youth Award
  • Senior Athlete of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Youth Volunteer of the Year


  • Nominees must be a resident of the City of Peterborough. People who do not live in the City will be recognized only if they are part of a City of Peterborough team or group receiving an award.
  • Holnbeck Award nominee(s) may be residents of the City or County of Peterborough.
  • Nominees must be volunteers in their field. Professionals who are nominated while currently working in their field will not be considered.
  • A person may be nominated in more than one category. However, a nominated individual will only be recognized once within a year, and cannot receive an award in the same category for three years.

Selection Process

The Citizen Appointment Selection Committee reviews the applications and recommends winners to Council. Decisions are made in a Closed Session meeting to keep the results confidential before the awards are presented.


Sponsors provided funding for the following trophies:

Peterborough This Week – Junior Athlete of the Year

Sport Kawartha – Adult Athlete of the Year

Chex TV – Adult Athlete of the Year

Austin Trophies – Youth Volunteer of the Year

Cogeco – Volunteer of the Year

Peterborough Examiner – Lifetime Achievement Award

Nomination Form

Nominations for the 2019 Civic Awards are now open! Applications are due by March 27, 2020.

Nomination Checklist

  • Complete the Nomination Form. Please complete all sections and ensure the correct spelling of all names.
  • Enclose a resumé of the individual or detailed outline of the organization. Depending on the application, you may also need to include a letter of verification from a recognized representative of the organization or group.
  • Enclose two Letters of Support for the nomination.