Every year, the Kitchener Youth Action Council (KYAC) celebrates the talents and contributions of young people in our community. We want to promote a positive image of young people and generate awareness of the valuable contributions youth make in our community.

On this page:

  1. Nominations
  2. Eligibility
  3. Award categories
  4. Our sponsors


By taking a few minutes to nominate a young person for a KYAC Youth Award, your recognition of their contribution and commitments can change a young person's life. A nomination shows them that you care, that the work they do is valued and appreciated, and it just might be the motivation they need to take their community involvement to the next level.  

Nominations are closed. Please subscribe to this page to get an email when we share information about the nomination process.


Nominees must be between the ages of 14 and 24 and must live in the Kitchener - Waterloo area. Nominees should have completed some of their volunteer work or community contributions within the Kitchener community. There is also an award category for adults over the age of 24.

Award categories

We present awards to local youth and one adult, recognizing their contributions in these categories:

Arts and Culture

Awarded to a young person who has built community through one or more of the following areas: vocal, visual arts, music, multimedia, dance and theatre/drama.

2019 recipient: Jacy Morneau

Service and Caregiving

Awarded to a young person who has volunteered meaningfully in local charities, organizations and community based groups and has demonstrated the meaning of building a caring community.

2019 recipient: Jace Nyp


Awarded to a young person who has demonstrated initiative and creativity through designing and successfully initiating his/her own business and/or through developing an innovative product or service.

2019 recipient: Skyler Antler


Awarded to a young person who has contributed to the community's environment health and/or public environmental awareness. 

2019 recipient: Jillian Jeung


Awarded to a young person who has shown significant and continuing leadership that improves the quality of life of others and encourages their peers.

2019 recipient: Melda Kiziltan

Sports and Recreation

Awarded to a young person who has promoted health and fitness or has excelled in athletics and/or recreational activities and has demonstrated quality team-building, cooperation and leadership skills. 

2019 recipient: Faith Gurski

Unity in Diversity

Awarded to a young person who has made a significant contribution to promoting unity and celebrating diversity within our community.

2019 recipient: Edward Linder

Social Action and Justice

Awarded to a young person who has taken a stand to bring awareness to an issue or cause through positive, proactive and solution-focused approach.

2019 recipient: Zakirah Allain 

Personal Triumph

Awarded to a young person who has surmounted obstacles with optimism and hope and has demonstrated perseverance, determination and a passion for life.

2019 recipient: Tyler Anthony

Intergenerational Work

Awarded to a young person who has demonstrated a commitment to the belief that the generations can and should be united.

2019 recipient: Lillian Hyatt

 Group (2 or more young people) 

Awarded to a group of two or more young people who have made a positive contribution to their community through teamwork and collaboration.

2019 recipient: Cameron Heights Black Student Union

 Youth Ally Award

Awarded to an adult who is a role model to youth in their community and selflessly volunteers their time to help youth. Their work encourages young people to be confident in themselves and to strive for their fullest potential.

2019 recipient: Kate Gingerich

Our sponsors

Thank you to our award sponsors for their support!

If you want to join this list of sponsors, call 519-741-2200, ext. 5075 for more information.