Award Categories

Award Categories Description
Ambassador of the Year Awarded to a company, group or individual in Cochrane who has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of our community on a provincial, national or international level. They embody the spirit and character of Cochrane.
Business of the Year  Awarded to the Cochrane business that best exemplifies innovation, direction and successful modeling. This company incorporates community values into their business, and has a commitment to Cochrane. The Business of the Year is a model for other businesses to emulate.
Citizen of the Year Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to our community through all their efforts in the past year. They affect and inspire others in the community by their dedication and passion for Cochrane.
Community Builder Awarded to an individual or group in Cochrane who has demonstrated a multi-year commitment to the growth and betterment of the community. This person cares about Cochrane and their fellow residents. They make our community a better place to live.
Education Initiative
of the Year 
Presented to a school-based initiative in Cochrane that has resulted in enhanced public awareness of an issue or topic, demonstrated youth leadership and/or made a notable contribution to school engagement with the greater community.
Employer of the Year 



Awarded to an employer who shows a commitment and passion for their staff. This recipient is recognized by their staff for being caring, fair and understanding in their dealings with their personnel, and makes their place of employment a great place to be.
Equity & Inclusion
Champion of the Year
Recognizes the outstanding achievements of one individual, team, business or organization in the community, who has advanced equity, diversity and inclusion in Cochrane.
Newsmaker of the Year  Represents an individual or organization that has had the most influence on the news in a given year in the community.
Pathfinder of the Year Awarded to an individual, household, organization or business in Cochrane who has demonstrated leadership and excellence in making Cochrane a more sustainable community.  A true innovator, they have helped inspire others to act more sustainably while at the same time demonstrating a genuine commitment to sustainability in their own lives.
Senior of the Year   Awarded to a 55+ Cochrane resident who exemplifies the spirit of community service. They demonstrate leadership and creativity in volunteer activities and have accumulated a significant number of volunteer hours in the past three years.
Volunteer Group of the Year Awarded to a not for profit committee, club, society, or association who engages volunteers  that has made a significant social impact, strengthening the Cochrane and area community through services, programs, projects and/or events. The recipient of this award exemplifies the spirit of community service thus inspiring others to engage in volunteering.
Youth of the Year  Designed to honor a youth, who through their volunteer and leadership contributions, extracurricular activities and community involvement have made the community a better place to live. Candidates for this award must be youth 11 to 24 years of age.
Mayor and Council’s
Order of Cochrane 
The Order of Cochrane is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon an individual by Town Council.  Presented to an individual who, by their commitment, vision, and leadership has created a lasting legacy in the development of our community. Nomination form