Nominations are open for the second annual Black Excellence Awards

By January 23, 2024Announcement, Events

In recognition of Black History Month, starting today until February 10, nominations for the 2024 Black Excellence Awards, presented in partnership by the City of Mississauga and the Black Caucus Alliance, are now being accepted. The awards focus on the efforts and achievements of Mississauga’s Black residents and volunteers.

Mississauga residents can be nominated in one of nine categories:


Nominees must be between the ages of 15 and 24 and have volunteered for at least two consecutive years. They must act as role models for other young people and demonstrate all-around positive community involvement.


Nominees must be currently engaged in business as an owner and/or entrepreneur. Ideal candidates should demonstrate a combination of the following criteria:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and success in owning and managing a business
  • Significant contribution of new ideas, innovative practices, processes or inventions, or created employment opportunities
  • Demonstrate a commitment to fairness and equality

Community Service

Nominees should possess an outstanding record of significant community involvement and service. Candidates must also demonstrate a strong commitment to enriching the lives of others as well as building relationships and collaborating meaningfully with the individuals and communities they serve.


Nominees for this award are being recognized for exemplary contributions to the well-being of students and/or community members through their active involvement in education at the school, board, in extracurricular activities or at the community level.

Health Services

Nominees for this award are being recognized for their involvement in the creation and/or promotion of methods that keep the physical health or mental wellbeing of Black communities. Ideal candidates must be employed or studying in the field of health sciences. Exhibits leadership in healthcare management administration.

Arts and Culture

Nominees for this award are being recognized for their involvement in and/or promotion of developing arts and culture within the community. Ideal candidates should demonstrate a combination of the following criteria:

  • Have demonstrated a commitment to and/or focus on community-engaged art and/or expressions of culture in Mississauga.
  • Have experience in the area of art and/or culture for a minimum of three years.
  • Have completed and/or been involved in one significant arts and culture project in the last 12 months.


Nominees for this award are being recognized for their model contribution to sports at the community or national level as an athlete or official.

Hospitality and Food Services

Nominees for this award are being recognized for the best in food, drink and/or hospitality in African-Caribbean products and/or services. The nominee will have received positive reviews and feedback from customers and peers demonstrating their commitment to customer service and satisfaction. The nominee will also have demonstrated leadership and management in hospitality operations, commitment to sustainable and ethical practices in the hospitality industry and be actively involvement in their local community.

Legacy – Lifetime Achievement

This is the highest community-based honour bestowed on an individual whose continued commitment has uplifted the lives of others.

Nominees are individuals who have made significant contributions to the Black community for 15 years or more. Candidates would have improved the quality of life for citizens or brought recognition to the City of Mississauga through their accomplishments.

Eligibility and nomination process

To be eligible, the nominee must:

  • Live and/or work in Mississauga
  • Identify as being Black
  • Stand as a role model for others
  • Inspire volunteerism and civic engagement

If you know someone deserving of an award, the steps to recognizing eligible residents include:

  1. Review the award criteria and descriptions above to determine the most appropriate category.
  2. Email
  3. In your email, please include the following information:
    • Full name of the nominee, including their preferred pronouns
    • Nominee’s email and home address
    • Category for nomination (please only choose one category)
    • A brief explanation indicating why the individual should be nominated
  4. Please note that only completed nomination forms will be evaluated.

Nominees who qualify will be invited to receive their award during an evening ceremony at Mississauga City Hall on Friday, February 23 at 7 p.m.