Emergency Management Exemplary Service Awards

The Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award recognizes individuals and groups that distinguished themselves through their actions and contributions to advancing emergency management in Canada - to save lives, preserve the environment and protect property and the economy. Categories for the award include:

  • Resilient Communities
  • Youth
  • Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Management
  • Search and Rescue Employees
  • Search and Rescue Volunteers

Each province, territory, and the federal government will put forward no more than five nominees for each of the non-search and rescue categories to a National General Selection Committee (GSC) for final selection. Successful nominations will reflect a sustained commitment to excellence in emergency management programming that is recognized by peers, or one or more highly significant contributions that are seen by emergency management leaders in Canada as worthy of national recognition.

Manitoba Nomination Process

Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) will be accepting nominations for the Youth and Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Management categories. Nominations will be open to both individuals and groups. Where an individual's achievement is related solely to participation in a group initiative, consideration should be given to nominating the group as a whole.

To nominate an individual or group to one of these categories, download and complete the nomination package below. Once all documents are completed, send your nominations to Manitoba EMO by January 31, 2018. Nominations will not be accepted past this date.

Award recipients of the Manitoba Community Emergency Preparedness Award from the last two years will be eligible for nomination for the Resilient Communities category. More information on the Manitoba Community Emergency Preparedness Award.


Any person working/volunteering in the field of emergency management in Canada is eligible.

Nominations should be for initiatives and achievements undertaken in the past two calendar years (this requirement is waived for recognition of outstanding careers). In addition to new nominations, nominators are permitted to resubmit unsuccessful nominations for initiatives and achievements undertaken in the past two calendar years.

The narrative should provide clear and concise examples of how the nominee has contributed to the advancement of emergency management in Canada. Please include clear examples of their contributions using some or all of the following attributes of an effective emergency management professional:

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Integrity
  • Critical thinking and vision
  • Collaboration and partnership
  • Furthering the development of emergency management as a profession
  • Applied research and technologies with far-reaching impacts
  • Innovation
  • Organizational excellence (service delivery, client service)

Youth Category Eligibility

The Youth category is intended to recognize volunteers and employees in the early stages of their careers. Rather than an age cut-off, eligibility is limited to candidates who are within five years of joining the EM community (whether voluntary or professional). The Youth category is for youth candidates, not for programs directed at youth.

Examples of achievements in this category can include excellence in:

  • An academic contribution to the emergency management field;
  • The course of one's duties in an emergency management profession; and
  • The establishment of a community organization to advance emergency management

Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Management Category Eligibility

This category recognizes a sustained commitment to emergency management: for individuals, this can entail recognition of an outstanding career; for groups, this can entail recognition of an organization's remarkable contribution over a period of time.

Nomination Package

All documents below must be completed and sent to Manitoba EMO (by email or mail) by January 31, 2018. Please note that each nomination requires two written testimonials.

Selection and Award

A Manitoba Nomination Review Committee consisting of provincial and federal emergency management professionals will review each nomination package.

Awards recipients will be announced in Spring 2018. An award ceremony will be organized by Manitoba EMO for Manitoba recipients.

Additional Information

Public Safety Canada - Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award Information

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