AWIPS Awards

The AWIPS awards are intended to recognize individuals or groups that have worked to advance women in public safety in Alberta. The awards categories have been created to highlight the areas AWIPS deems critical to advancing its mission and vision.

Nomination Deadline: August 30th, 2024

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The Awards

DEB JOLLY LEADERSHIP AWARD

Awarded to any woman (or someone identifying as a woman) in public safety (sworn or civilian) in Alberta who has distinguished themselves by demonstrating ongoing excellence in leadership in public safety. The recipient will not only have demonstrated leadership in public safety, but will have contributed significantly to the advancement of women in the field.

CIVILIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Awarded to any civilian in a public safety agency in Alberta who identifies as female and has distinguished themselves by their exemplary conduct and achievements in more than one area of public safety and over a sustained period that has a significant impact on their agency and/or area of responsibility.

TOP 5 UNDER 5

This award recognizes 5 outstanding women with under 5 years of experience in Public Safety. These individuals have started their careers with such passion and enthusiasm that they are already recognized by their peers as trailblazers, leaders and influencers. These amazing women have used their talent to improve a situation encountered by their Public Safety Organization, with notable results.

OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Awarded to any officer in public safety in Alberta that identifies as female, who has had a direct involvement in a significant event or project.

ALLY AWARD

Awarded to an individual in public safety in Alberta who has demonstrated significant support for AWIPS and for advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in public safety. They are someone who has demonstrated a willingness to step outside their own comfort zone and support diversity and the inclusion of groups and organizations to which they are not obvious members or beneficiaries. They support diversity efforts that benefit all members of public safety and the communities they serve, and actively work to advance the issues of diverse groups.

He For She Award

Awarded to a male officer or male civilian in public safety that identifies as a male, who has made significant impact, contribution and commitment to the advancement of women in policing.

Past Winners

DEB JOLLY LEADERSHIP AWARD

2023 – Constable Elana Lovell

2021 – D/C Marcia Gonder

OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARD

2023 – Constable Kate Awar

2021 – Cpl. Courtney McCarron

CIVILIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

2023 – Amanda Juhasz

2021 – Iman Saidi

ALLY AWARD

2023 – Katie Anderson

2021 – Supt. Derek McIntyre

TOP 5 UNDER 5

2023:

  • Constable Lisa Hudson
  • Kelly Dunsmore
  • Constable Tiffany Papirny
  • Kendra Sieben
  • Constable Olivia Simon
HE FOR SHE AWARD

2023 – Superintendent Ryan Ayliffe

SUBMISSION AND SELECTION PROCESS

Nomination Process:

  • Nominations must be submitted to AWIPS by before the deadline each year.
  • Complete and submit the Nomination Form from the AWIPS website.
  • Support material such as videos, CDs and promotional material will also be considered. Please make reference to them in the nomination form and arrangements will be made for submission.

Selection Process:

  • AWIPS Board will submit the nominations received to the Selection Committee
  • The Selection Committee consists of members of AWIPS
  • Once a winning submission is chosen by the Selection Committee, the winning nominee(s)’ chief of police or senior executive-in-charge will be contacted, and an invitation will be sent to the winning nominee(s) with details about the award ceremony.

Scoring Rubric:

  • Nominations will be scored on the rubric and a score out of a total of 20 marks will be given based upon 5 criteria.

AWARDS PROCEDURES

The AWIPS Board will appoint an AWIPS Annual Awards Program Committee to assist with the selection process.  The committee will consist of five (5) members, recognizing that an uneven number of participants is recommended to ensure a majority decision.  Membership on the committee should be representative of AWIPS member agencies.

The following are AWIP Award procedures:

  1. The Chair of the AWIPS Awards Program Committee has no vote unless it is to break a tie vote of the committee.
  2. The Chair of the Committee shall publish the following on the AWIPS website related to the Awards:
    1. The instructions for submitting Award nominations.
    2. The deadline for submissions.
    3. A description of the Award criteria.
  3. Candidates shall be entered for only one Award per year.
  4. Evidence used to support the award shall be recent, in the past three years unless a situation exists where an exception should be made. That exception should obtain the approval by the Committee prior to Award submission.
  5. There will only be one winner per award, unless more than one person was involved in a specific incident/project
  6. Winners of the Awards shall be published on the AWIPS website, unless the recipients offer an objection.
  7. The Chair of the committee shall notify all unsuccessful entrants by mail
  8. AWIPS Annual Awards will be presented at AWIPS annual general meeting.

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