OCA Awards Categories

Presenting our OCA Awards! There are seven awards including a new addition to the program. All of the awards celebrate excellence in the Ontario chiropractic profession. For each category we detail what the award is about, who is eligible, the criteria and a link to an online nomination form.

 

This is your opportunity to nominate chiropractic professionals, leaders and advocates who deserve to be recognized and celebrated! Please visit each category below and make your nominations.

Introducing a NEW award!

 

Nomination submission deadline is Sunday, September 23, 2018. 


Chiropractor of the Year

For over 60 years, the Chiropractor of the Year has been the OCA’s most prestigious award. It is awarded to a practicing chiropractor in recognition of outstanding service, professional achievement and significant contribution that influences and benefits the profession. The recipient demonstrates the qualities of a leader and upholds the highest professional and ethical standards in their practice.

 

Eligibility

  • Nominees are practicing chiropractors who have been a member in good standing with the OCA.
  • Nominees may not be a current member of the Awards Committee for which the nominee is nominated.
  • Nominees have contributed to the profession in an award category but may not be full-time employees of the OCA, CCA, CCPA, CMCC, CCO or WFC, nor may they be members of the OCA Board of Directors. Nominees may be employed part-time at a chiropractic organization (including CMCC) provided they are in practice.
  • Award recipients agree to participate in OCA events and other communication opportunities including in-person speaking, webinars, attendance at other events, writing articles for the OCA, etc., as may be requested. The minimum commitment for the year is three hours. Recipients of the Chiropractor of the Year, Researcher of the Year and Heart and Hands awards may expect additional commitment.
  • Due to the distinctive and special nature of each award, the OCA reserves the right not to select a recipient in any or all award categories.

 

Criteria

A chiropractor who has been a member in good standing with the OCA for ten years or more, and demonstrates a sustained commitment to the profession by acting as a leader and role model can be nominated for the OCA’s most prestigious award.

 

A chiropractor who has made a significant contribution to the profession in two or more of the following:

  • Community service: The degree to which their services/actions have made a lasting or meaningful contribution or impact on their community.
  • Patient CARE: C = Communication, A = Accountability, R = Relationship Building, E = Equality, Education, Effective.
  • Research: Involvement in research and/or scholarly initiatives that have demonstrated significant and sustained impact for the profession.
  • Advocacy: Demonstrate significant efforts and dedication to advocate on behalf of the profession, to educate and help influence and policy change.
  • Developing an innovative clinic or practice.
  • Mentoring, Training and Educating colleagues.
  • Building the stature, profile and reputation of the profession.

Nominations are now close.
 

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Dr. Michael Brickman Heart and Hands Award


Honouring the memory of OCA Board Director Dr. Michael Brickman, this prestigious award is presented to the practicing chiropractor who best embodies a generous and giving spirit (the heart) with the remarkable passion and dedication to chiropractic (the hands). Nominated and selected by the membership, the recipient is a chiropractor who has made a tremendous impact through selfless devotion to patient treatment.

 

Eligibility

  • Nominees are practicing chiropractors who have been a member in good standing with the OCA.
  • Nominees may not be a current member of the Awards Committee for which the nominee is nominated.
  • Nominees have contributed to the profession in an award category but may not be full-time employees of the OCA, CCA, CCPA, CMCC, CCO or WFC, nor may they be members of the OCA Board of Directors. Nominees may be employed part-time at a chiropractic organization (including CMCC) provided they are in practice.
  • Award recipients agree to participate in OCA events and other communication opportunities including in-person speaking, webinars, attendance at other events, writing articles for the OCA, etc., as may be requested. The minimum commitment for the year is three hours. Recipients of the Chiropractor of the Year, Researcher of the Year and Heart and Hands awards may expect additional commitment.
  • Due to the distinctive and special nature of each award, the OCA reserves the right not to select a recipient in any or all award categories.

 

Criteria

A chiropractor who has been a member in good standing with the OCA for ten years or more, an individual who has earned the respect of their peers by contributing to both the practice and reputation of chiropractic.

 

A clinician who has demonstrated their exceptional contribution to the profession of chiropractic with two or more of the following from both Heart and Hands:

 

Heart

  • Volunteering and community work.
  • Mentoring and teaching.

  Hands

  • Skillful use of the hands that bring strengths to the sick and relief to the suffering.
  • Building a culture which incorporates best practices and delivers great health care and experience to patients.

Nominate Dr. Michael Brickman Heart and Hands Award here.

 

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Community Relations Award

This award recognizes the successes of a chiropractor who has promoted the profession through public education and community engagement activities. It’s awarded to an individual, group or organization that has made significant contributions to the profession through public education, community involvement and promotion of chiropractic that benefits the profession as a whole.

 

Eligibility

  • Nominees are practicing chiropractors who have been a member in good standing with the OCA.
  • Nominees may not be a current member of the Awards Committee for which the nominee is nominated.
  • Nominees have contributed to the profession in an award category but may not be full-time employees of the OCA, CCA, CCPA, CMCC, CCO or WFC, nor may they be members of the OCA Board of Directors. Nominees may be employed part-time at a chiropractic organization (including CMCC) provided they are in practice.
  • Award recipients agree to participate in OCA events and other communication opportunities including in-person speaking, webinars, attendance at other events, writing articles for the OCA, etc., as may be requested. The minimum commitment for the year is three hours. Recipients of the Chiropractor of the Year, Researcher of the Year and Heart and Hands awards may expect additional commitment.
  • Due to the distinctive and special nature of each award, the OCA reserves the right not to select a recipient in any or all award categories.

 

Criteria

At least one nominee (an individual or a member of the group or organization) must be a member in good standing with the OCA for three years or more. This person would accept the award on behalf of the nominated group.

 

Nominees have made a significant contribution in enhancing the reputation and credibility of the profession through two or more of the following:

  • Community Service: The degree to which their services/actions have made a lasting or meaningful contribution or impact on their community.
  • Public Education: Involvement with delivering public education within and outside of the profession.
  • Promotion of chiropractic: Works on several fronts to advance the interests of the profession and participate in ongoing conversations about the future of health care in Ontario.

 
Nominations are now close.
 

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Patient Care Award

Patient-centred care is an integral element in health care. The Patient Care Award recognizes a chiropractor, clinic or organization that has excelled in providing exceptional patient experiences. The nominee will have demonstrated a dedicated effort to build a practice which creates an exceptional patient care lifecycle – from the initial point of contact to care. A chiropractor, a health care team member, a patient or an individual with interest and knowledge of the chiropractic profession, can submit a nomination.

 

Eligibility

  • Nominees are practicing chiropractors who have been a member in good standing with the OCA.
  • Nominees may not be a current member of the Awards Committee for which the nominee is nominated.
  • Nominees have contributed to the profession in an award category but may not be full-time employees of the OCA, CCA, CCPA, CMCC, CCO or WFC, nor may they be members of the OCA Board of Directors. Nominees may be employed part-time at a chiropractic organization (including CMCC) provided they are in practice.
  • Award recipients agree to participate in OCA events and other communication opportunities including in-person speaking, webinars, attendance at other events, writing articles for the OCA, etc., as may be requested. The minimum commitment for the year is three hours. Recipients of the Chiropractor of the Year, Researcher of the Year and Heart and Hands awards may expect additional commitment.
  • Due to the distinctive and special nature of each award, the OCA reserves the right not to select a recipient in any or all award categories.

 

Criteria

A chiropractor who has been a member in good standing with the OCA for five years or more can be nominated. Preference will be given to a nominee who supplies testimonials and letters of reference from patients, staff, partners, community members and collaborating health professionals.*

 

Nominations must indicate the effect on the nominee’s patients from raised awareness and implementation of innovative ideas and best practices in achieving exceptional patient care in all of the following areas:

  • Delivery of outstanding Service & Collaboration: The recipient works with a broad range of health professionals in a variety of collaborative models of care to provide high quality, cost-effective, patient-centred care.
  • Patient Experience & Satisfaction: The recipient consistently receives positive feedback and high satisfaction ratings from patients about their experience. As a result of exceptional patient care, patients regularly return and refer the recipient to people they know.
  • Development of patient-centred models of care: The recipient has developed models of care that are regarded as ideal treatments or a best practice guide among their professional colleagues.

 

* To be eligible, a minimum of two testimonials and/or letters of reference from patients, staff, partners, community members and collaborating health professionals must be submitted.
 
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CHA of the Year Award

The Chiropractic Health Assistant (CHA) of the Year Award recognizes a clinic staff member whose work has enhanced patient satisfaction and the reputation and credibility of chiropractic.

 

Eligibility

  • Nominees are practicing chiropractors who have been a member in good standing with the OCA.
  • Nominees may not be a current member of the Awards Committee for which the nominee is nominated.
  • Nominees have contributed to the profession in an award category but may not be full-time employees of the OCA, CCA, CCPA, CMCC, CCO or WFC, nor may they be members of the OCA Board of Directors. Nominees may be employed part-time at a chiropractic organization (including CMCC) provided they are in practice.
  • Award recipients agree to participate in OCA events and other communication opportunities including in-person speaking, webinars, attendance at other events, writing articles for the OCA, etc., as may be requested. The minimum commitment for the year is three hours. Recipients of the Chiropractor of the Year, Researcher of the Year and Heart and Hands awards may expect additional commitment.
  • Due to the distinctive and special nature of each award, the OCA reserves the right not to select a recipient in any or all award categories.

 

Criteria

A chiropractor who has been a member in good standing with the OCA for five years or more can be nominated.

 

The recipient will have demonstrated a sustained commitment to enhancing patient satisfaction in an OCA member’s practice and the reputation of chiropractic in their community in two or more of the following:

  • Initiating and contributing to the development of innovative and patient-centric processes and procedures.
  • Priority to provide outstanding service and patient experience.
  • Volunteering with community groups to represent and promote chiropractic.
  • Mentoring, training and educating their colleagues.

 
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Recent Graduate Award

Awarded to a chiropractor who has recently graduated from chiropractic college, and who demonstrates outstanding promise, achievement and commitment to enhancing the chiropractic profession.

 

Eligibility

  • Nominees are practicing chiropractors who have been a member in good standing with the OCA.
  • Nominees may not be a current member of the Awards Committee for which the nominee is nominated.
  • Nominees have contributed to the profession in an award category but may not be full-time employees of the OCA, CCA, CCPA, CMCC, CCO or WFC, nor may they be members of the OCA Board of Directors. Nominees may be employed part-time at a chiropractic organization (including CMCC) provided they are in practice.
  • Award recipients agree to participate in OCA events and other communication opportunities including in-person speaking, webinars, attendance at other events, writing articles for the OCA, etc., as may be requested. The minimum commitment for the year is three hours. Recipients of the Chiropractor of the Year, Researcher of the Year and Heart and Hands awards may expect additional commitment.
  • Due to the distinctive and special nature of each award, the OCA reserves the right not to select a recipient in any or all award categories.

 

Criteria

Presented to a Doctor of Chiropractic who been a member in good standing of the OCA for 36 months or less at the time of nomination. The recipient of this award will have demonstrated success transitioning from school into practice as well as a commitment to enhancing the understanding of chiropractic in one or more of the following areas:

  • Volunteering within their community to represent and promote chiropractic.
  • Building collaborations with other health care provider.
  • Contributing to the development of innovative and patient-centred models of care.

 
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Exemplary Service Award

The award celebrates the leadership of a chiropractor employed by a health care organization or an organization related to and or contributes to the health care sector.  This member advances innovative solutions and demonstrates meaningful progress in the chiropractic community.  The recipient is a recognized leader who advocates and/or volunteers for effective change. The recipient of this award best embodies the values such as Diversity, Excellence, Leadership and Innovation.

 

Eligibility

  • Nominees are a member in good standing with the OCA.
  • Nominees are volunteers or employees at chiropractic related businesses, organizations, schools or associations like CCA, CCPA, CMCC, CCO or WFC.
  • Nominees may not be an OCA employee (that includes chiropractor consultants, contract staff, board members and volunteers) or a current member of the OCA Awards Committee.
  • Nominees must have been in a leadership role for a period of at least 12 consecutive months.
  • Any staff member working with the nominee can nominate them as an eligible candidate.
  •  To be eligible, a minimum of two testimonials and/or letters of reference must be submitted. The nomination must be supported by at least two additional work colleagues at the same organization.
  • Due to the distinctive and special nature of each award, the OCA reserves the right not to select a recipient.
  • Award recipients agree to participate in OCA events and other communication opportunities including in-person speaking, webinars, attendance at other events, writing articles for the OCA, etc. as may be requested. The minimum commitment for the year is three hours.

 

Criteria

A nominee demonstrates unique characteristics or traits in three or more of the following:

  • Exhibits a commitment to quality work and a learning environment.
  • Demonstrates innovation and creativity in providing opportunities to support the chiropractic profession.
  • Fosters a supportive and collegial team environment.
  • Exhibits leadership and takes initiative to spearhead campaigns and projects.
  • Demonstrates exemplary relationship building both within and outside of the profession.

 
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Nomination submission deadline was Sunday, September 23, 2018. 
Have questions?
For questions and comments related to the awards please contact OCA staff at oca@chiropractic.on.ca or call us on 416-860-0070 or 1-877-327-2273.

 

Get involved! Learn more about joining the Awards Committee here.

 

Awards Gala
To celebrate all the award recipients and connect with other chiropractors from across the province make sure to attend our annual Awards Gala! Read your weekly OCA emails for event updates and information on gala tickets.