Hazel Gillespie was responsible for creating and implementing Petro-Canada’s (now Suncor) Community Investment strategy for nearly twenty years at the time that this award was established in 2009. This award recognizes Hazel’s extraordinary contribution to the creation and development of the community investment profession in Calgary, in Canada and internationally. It perpetuates the values and aspirations of Hazel and those working in the discipline, to become strong leaders themselves and support community investment practitioners.

The symbol of the Hazel Gillespie Community Investment Leadership Award (HGCILA) is a beautifully crafted sterling silver medallion. The inaugural award was presented to Hazel in 2009, on National Philanthropy Day in Calgary. In addition, each recipient will receive an educational scholarship valued at $2,500 Cdn., thanks to the generous contributions of the donors to the Hazel Gillespie Community Investment Leadership Award Scholarship Fund held and managed by The Calgary Foundation.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals – Calgary and Area Chapter will steward this award together with members of the Calgary Community Investment Council and the HGCILA organizing committee. Nominations are accepted annually and adjudicated in order to choose recipients who best emulate the three qualities synonymous with Hazel’s significant contributions: commitment, generosity and strategy.

Hazel Gillespie Community Investment Leadership Award Nomination Form

To facilitate fair adjudication between nominees, we ask that all nominations be submitted using this form.
Name of individual (nominator) completing the nomination form(Required)
Nominator's Email(Required)
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Name of nominee(Required)
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Section A

How the nominee demonstrates leadership that advances the effectiveness of Community Investment (CI).
If yes, please use the box below to to describe their role with specific reference to the following key points.
2. How does the nominee engage with other Community Investment professionals? In the box below, please give examples that include, but are not limited to the following:

Section B

Show specific examples of how the nominee influences or implements their company's Community Investment (CI) strategy.
1. How does the nominee shape the development of CI strategy? Please consider the following sub-questions in your response in the box below, if/as possible:
2. How does the nominee integrate leading practices in CI? Please consider the following sub-questions in your response in the box below, if/as possible.

Section C

Describe TWO (2) significant initiatives the nominee had a role in developing.
1. Within the last 1 - 5 years. what is a partnership or program the nominee had a role in developing? Please use the box below.
2. Within the last 5 - 10 years, what is a partnership or program that the nominee developed that helped set new approaches and/or new levels or expectations of community engagement? Please use the box below.

Section D

You may upload up to three (3) Letters of Support for the nominee. One MUST be from a non-profit community group/organization. Only ONE letter may be from the nominee's employer. Supported files include: PDF, DOC,,JPEG, PNG.
Max. file size: 100 MB.
Max. file size: 100 MB.
Max. file size: 100 MB.
Max. file size: 100 MB.

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