Canadian Medical Association Award for Political Advocacy Terms of Reference
The award shall be known the Canadian Medical Association Award for Political Advocacy.
The award shall be presented to recognize a CMA member who has demonstrated exemplary leadership, commitment and dedication to advancing the issues and causes that advance the CMA’s vision and mission at the federal level through grassroots advocacy efforts. The criteria shall be:
demonstrated level of commitment to furthering the objectives of the CMA’s strategic goals; and
current, active and effective participation in grassroots advocacy (examples of involvement and activities could be meeting regularly with Members of Parliament (MP), attending local riding events and fundraisers, coordinating or hosting MP activities).
The award shall take the form of an inscribed commemoration.
The nominee must be a CMA member.
The CMA shall be under no obligation to present the award annually; it may be awarded to more than one person in a given year.
Any possibility that an individual or organization could exploit winning a CMA award for personal profit or commercial advantage will be taken into consideration.
Any CMA member currently sitting as an elected officer, a member of the CMA Board of Directors or the Committee on Awards, or the chair of a core committee is not eligible for nomination to CMA awards unless under exceptional circumstances.
This award will not be awarded posthumously. In the event of the demise of the nominee after being selected but before being presented with the award, it shall be presented posthumously.
Nominations may be submitted, accompanied by suitable documentation, by a CMA member, a provincial or territorial medical association, an affiliate or an associate society, or an MP or Senator. Selfnomination is ineligible. Documentation will consist of a completed nomination form of the nomination with descriptions of political involvement and advocacy activities accompanied by two letters of support and the nominee’s curriculum vitae. Handwritten submissions will not be accepted.
A nomination may be re-submitted in a subsequent year. Should fewer than 3 nominations be received for this award, the award will not be presented and the nominees will be brought forward for consideration the following year.
The Committee on Awards shall make the final decision of the award recipient and provide an update to the CMA Board of Directors.
As a condition precedent to the award being granted, a nominee will be required to provide written consent in a form provided by CMA, authorizing CMA to use the nominee’s name, likeness and approved biography notes for a public announcement of the award and related communications (including social media). If a selected nominee does not provide the required written consent within the prescribed time, the Awards Committee reserves the right to select an alternate award recipient or not make an award for that year.