Nominate your colleagues for a Celebrating Excellence Award!

December 14, 2020 - Defence Stories


Nominate your colleagues for a Celebrating Excellence Award!

Each year the Defence Team celebrates the achievements of its members through the Awards and Recognition program. The annual Celebrating Excellence Awards (CEA) represent the highest expression of recognition under the departmental policy guidelines, and helps highlight the accomplishments and hard work of Defence Team members.

In short - the CEA’s celebrate DND and the CAF’s greatest strength – its people, and it is time to think about who you want to nominate.

Do you know a colleague or team that has made a significant contribution to the Defence Team or who exceeds expectations in the advancement of Defence or whole-of-government priorities? Now is the opportunity to recognize them!

The deadline for this round of nominations is February 26, 2021, with the awards being announced in June 2021.

The time to share and recognize excellence for achievements within the Defence Team is now, and we are excited to announce that we have a new lineup of award categories this year.

The new CEA Categories are:

DM Award of Distinction: Recognizes exceptional contributions to the furtherance of the DND’s horizontal approach to managing its business, its service lines and its support functions and is the most prestigious award.

DM John Forster Collaboration Award: Recognizes individuals or teams who exceed expectations in the advancement of Defence or whole-of-government priorities through exceptional collaboration with partners and stakeholders.

DM/CDS Regional Achievement Award: Recognizes exceptional work conducted in the regions and reinforces the national construct of DND.

DM/CDS Organizational Culture Award: Recognizes those who have demonstrated superior capacities in adopting the mindsets and behaviours that will meet the changing needs and expectations of the Department. It not only provides an opportunity to recognize those who embrace the values in the Statement of Defence Ethics, but also recognizes those who remain agile in today’s dynamic environment.

DM/CDS Excellence in Defence Award: Recognizes those who significantly contribute to the furtherance of Departmental and Government of Canada priorities in areas such as Leadership, Professionalism, Collaboration, Mentorship and Recruitment.

DM/CDS Team Impact Award: Recognizes those who distinguish themselves by making a substantial contribution to the Defence Team in areas such as Reconciliation, Anti-Racism, Official Languages, Wellbeing, Digitalization and Modernization.

To view details of each award and previous recipients and their accomplishments, please visit the Celebrating Excellence Awards page. On this page, you will find an overview of the CEA program, nominations forms and submission instructions. Nominations must be received by the Awards & Recognition Team no later than February 26, 2021.

For more information or assistance with completing CEA nominations and writing your narrative, contact your L1 Awards and Recognition Co-ordinator or the Corporate Awards and Recognition Secretariat.

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