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Member Service Awards

2020 Member Service Award recipients have been announced! Please see below for more information on our 2020 recipients.

Member Service Awards recognize extraordinary service and significant contribution to the Institute by OPPI's volunteer leadership.

Award winners have performed a key or integral role with a special project or program and have raised awareness of planning, mentored students and nurtured long-standing relationships with OPPI and its members.

We congratulate each Member Service Award recipient and thank them for their dedication to OPPI.

Nominations may be submitted by: District Chairs on behalf of District Leadership Teams and/or nominations-at-large signed by two members in good standing (other than the nominee).

All members of the Institute are eligible, except current OPPI Council members. Previous recipients of this award can be nominated more than once provided that the nomination is for a different set of circumstances than that established for any previous award.

Submission Criteria:

Only applications received using the Member Service Award Submission Form will be considered.

Selection Criteria:

  • Outstanding service to the Institute
  • Accumulated service over a number of years
  • Performed a key or integral role with a special project or program
  • Represented the Institute and the planning profession extraordinarily well in a provincial or national forum


There will be a maximum of seven (7) awards given out per year, preferably with a maximum of one (1) per District. Winners will be notified by July 31.


Member Service Awards will be presented at an Awards event each year. All winners will be acknowledged in the OPPI Journal, on the website, the monthly newsletter and across OPPI's social media channels.

To make a nomination, read the above Member Service Award Criteria and then fill out and submit the Nomination Form.


Thora Cartlidge
Nancy Farrer
Brenda Khes
Pamela Sweet

Charles Lanktree
Leslie McEachern
Nancy Mott
Kelly Weste
Darryl Young

Paul Baskcomb
Angela Dietrich
Kira Dolch
Chris Wicke

Don McConnell
Bob Short

Christine Thompson (Posthumous)
David Aston
Steve Jefferson

Jeff Celentano initiated the member “Service Awards” for 1994. 

Prior to 1994 "Volunteer Service" awards were given out to recognize volunteers who had made significant contributions with OPPI and the planning profession.
Award Winner Archive