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Shirley Case Leadership Award 2017


This award was created in the spring of 2009 by the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) to honour the life of Shirley Case, who was killed in Afghanistan on August 13, 2008 while working with the International Rescue Committee. Shirley worked as an intern with ACIC in 2004/2005. She spent four months in Halifax, and five months working with our partner organization, the NGO Coalition for the Environment (NGOCE) in Calabar, Nigeria. 

The Shirley Case Leadership Award for Global Citizenship has four objectives:

  • To officially recognize leaders in Atlantic Canada that are actively involved as global citizens;
  • To draw public attention to the full scope of global citizenship and engagement activities;
  • To inspire individuals to continue their involvement in the international cooperation movement; and
  • To honour the memory of Shirley Case

The Shirley Case Leadership Award for Global Citizenship is presented annually to an individual in Atlantic Canada who has demonstrated a spirit of global citizenship in a local, national or international capacity and who has helped create a more just and sustainable world.  ACIC will actively solicit nominations from the four Atlantic Canadian provinces and the award will be presented annually at the ACIC Annual General Meeting and Symposium. See the nomination form here.

Eligibility:

The award is open to ACIC staff and volunteers, ACIC member organizations, as well as individual members. As ACIC wishes to encourage both emerging leaders and those who have contributed longer term to the sector, ACIC will alternate eligibility criteria each year in this regard (odd years e.g.  2015 – “Emerging Leader”; even years e.g. 2016 – “Significant Achievement”).

This year’s award is specific to individuals under the age of 35 (“Emerging Leader” category). 

Criteria:

This award recognizes an ACIC member who has made a significant contribution to the betterment of the global community and demonstrates the following:

  • Strong collaboration with like-minded organizations and individuals
  • A sense of intrinsic voluntarism
  • Extraordinary leadership skills
  • A commitment to sharing knowledge and strengthening links of solidarity and collegiality between Atlantic Canada and the global south

Applicants will be assessed based on the following:

  • Exhibits leadership within the international cooperation sector
  • Community partnership & involvement
  • Demonstrated positive impact in their work

Nominations:

Nominations should be submitted in writing and include a description of the individual as well as a brief statement of the reasons the nominee meets the criteria of the award.

Selection:

The Selection Committee, comprised of ACIC staff, board members and representatives of ACIC member organizations/individual members, will receive nominations until 4pm on May 14th, 2017. 

The award will be presented at the gala evening dinner on June 16th, as part of the ACIC Annual General Meeting & Symposium from June 15-17th, 2017 in Sackville, NB. 

Prize:

The winner will receive a cash prize of $500 as well as a commemorative award. Please send completed nomination form by email to: Jennifer Sloot (Jennifer@acic-caci.org). See the nomination form here.

All nominations must be received before 4:00 pm AST on May 14th, 2017.