Thunder Bay, ON – SHIFT: Thunder Bay’s Young Professionals Network is proud to announce the 5th Biennial Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards (NOVAs) with a region-wide call for nominations of exceptional young professionals. The gala event, celebrating Northwestern Ontario’s brightest stars under 40 years of age, will take place on January 18th, 2020 at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay.
NO-VA [noh-vuh]: a young professional recognized for their captivating brilliance as a result of their leadership, community engagement, professional achievement, volunteerism, and mentorship in our community
“2020 will be our fifth bi-annual event recognizing vibrant young professionals who are investing in their communities and advancing their fields of work. This year’s northern theme is a meaningful nod to the amazing work we’ve seen in the region, and the growing pride for Northwestern Ontario we’ve seen over the years,” says SHIFT President, Hannah Gladstone. “We have award categories to recognize the diversity in our youth, and we’re calling on people from Manitouwadge to Kenora to help us identify and nominate the exceptional under forties who are driving positive change in their communities. Through the NOVAs, we strive to nurture their potential, recognize their contributions, and send the message that their work matters and is valued.”
To build on over 300 nominees and 80 award winning individuals since 2012, SHIFT is sourcing nominations in the following award categories:
Community Champion (5 Awards)
Leadership (5 Awards)
Business and/or Professional Achievement (5 Awards)
Civic Pride (1 Award)
Rising Star (1 Award)
Awarded to a dynamic up-and-comer under the age of 30. Someone who demonstrates huge potential, this is one to watch.
SHIFT Disturber (1 Award)
Awarded to a game changer; disrupter; someone who is unafraid to challenge the norm. This young professional is making waves by doing things differently.
People’s Choice (1 Award)
Supernova (1 Award)
Nominations are open until October 6th and can be made at www.shiftnetwork.ca/nova.