This award of excellence was created in 1998 in honour of the former Commissioner of Planning and Culture for the Region of Waterloo. This award may be presented to only one person in a year who has demonstrated, in the course of at least ten years of their professional lives, an outstanding level of commitment to heritage concerns in the Region of Waterloo.
- Award winners may be acknowledged posthumously.
- No serving member of the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation is eligible.
- The deadline for nominations for the Sally Thorsen Award is the fourth Tuesday in March.
- Nomination Procedure
- The nomination application may simply be a letter signed by the nominator(s) that clearly details why the nominee is worthy of an award or a completed copy of the Foundation nomination form found below.
- Ensure that the application notes the specific award for which the application is being submitted.
- Clearly describe the outstanding achievement in enough detail to inform members of the Heritage Foundation who may not know the work of the nominee.
- For nominations for the Sally Thorsen award, which recognizes the long-term achievements of individuals in the course of their professional work, at least four letters of support are generally required, in addition to the supporting documentation.
- Include supporting documentation such as photographs, drawings, written descriptions, reference letters, and a brief biography/background to the individual/organization.
- Additional letters of support, and/or supporting documentation such as newspaper articles describing the individual or the project, photographs, books or articles written by the nominee, conference proceedings, works of art, websites, reports or testimonials are encouraged.
- A list of the individual's contributions may also be appropriate.
- All nominations will be received in confidence and supporting documentation will be returned if requested.