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FOCA Achievement Award

February 26, 2022 – the latest FOCA Achievement Award was presented at the 2022 FOCA Annual General Meeting and Spring Seminar.

Congratulations to the 2021 FOCA Achievement Award Recipients:

Sherrie Berdusco, President of LBPOA, accepts the award at the 2022 FOCA AGM & Spring Seminar

The LBPOA worked with the Mayor of the Village of Sunridge and the Clerk of the Township of Strong to form the Roundtable on lake health for Lake Bernard. The roundtable includes the Near North Enviro-education Centre, the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority, and the Almaguin Highlands Chamber of Commerce. Their first priority was to educate locals on lakefront wastewater management systems, leading to a septics information mail out and survey, in support of the health of the lake.

We also awarded 4 Honourable Mentions for 2021:

Congratulations, all! And thank you for sharing your stories with FOCA.

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Nominate your association for the next FOCA Achievement Award!

Large or small associations can apply, and accomplishments should be current, but can include long-standing efforts.

Apply by November 30th. 

Click here to download the Nomination Form (PDF; 3 pages) which is a fillable form you can complete, save to your computer, and email to FOCA as an attachment.


Nominees for the next FOCA Achievement Award must be Association Members of FOCA, in good standing. Nominations can be submitted until November 30th of the year. The award recipient will be announced the following February, and the award is presented in person at the FOCA Annual General Meeting in March. (A representative of the association is asked to attend the AGM to present a brief presentation about the work undertaken.) See more nomination details below, under “Criteria for Nomination.”

About the Award

The FOCA Achievement Award is presented to a FOCA member Association each year, at the discretion of the FOCA Board of Directors. The award celebrates the successes of the FOCA community, and encourages peer sharing of best-practices.

YouTube FOCA Award video still 2015Watch a slide show that highlights several past winners of the FOCA Achievement Award. Click the image at right to link to the short YouTube video montage –>

Criteria for Nomination:

Nominees must be current FOCA member Associations in good standing. Nominees’ activities must be consistent with FOCA’s Mission: “to protect thriving and sustainable waterfronts across Ontario.”

Activities or achievements should be current, although they can be long-standing programs, and should relate to at least one of the following categories:

  • environmental stewardship
  • land use planning initiatives
  • research and/or education
  • political involvement
  • other innovations or successes in line with FOCA’s mission

Nominations are welcomed from individuals, associations, umbrella organizations, municipal/county/provincial government employees, conservancies and any other interested parties.

Nominations consist of a completed nomination form (see link above) and any additional support documents deemed significant by the nominee. Recipients of the award will be selected primarily based upon the documentation submitted with the Nomination form.

FOCA Achievement Award Recipients:

2021 Lake Bernard Property Owners’ Association
2020 Long Point Ratepayers Association
2019 Farlain Lake Community Association
2018 White Lake Cottagers’ Association
2017 Skootamatta District Ratepayers Association
2016 Golden Lake & Bonnechere River Property Owners’ Association
2015 Jack’s Lake Association
2014 Redstone Lake Cottagers Association

2013 Pike Lake Community Association
2012 Leech Lake Cottagers Association
2011 Crane Lake Association
2010 Hudson Lakes Association
2009 Point Clark Beach Association
2008 Otty Lake Association
2007 Kennisis Lake Cottage Owner’s Association
2006 Limerick Waterways Ratepayer’s Association
2005 Faraday (Trout Lake) Association
2004 Huntsville Lakes Council
2003 Eagle Lake Conservation Association
2002 Kawartha Lake Stewards Association
2001 Norway Lake Association
2000 Cecebe Waterways Association
1999 Belmont Lake Association & Greater Bobs and Crow Lakes Association
1998 Paudash Lake Conservation Association & West Carling Association
1997 Lake Panache Campers Association
1996 North Sound Cottagers’ Association

Apply for the award on behalf of your great association!

Michelle LewinFOCA Achievement Award