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John F. Evans Award of Community Distinction


Dana Robbins, Chair of the Board of the United Way is pleased to announce the creation of a new award to be named after John F. Evans, Q.C. LSM in recognition of his many years of service to the United Way.  The award will be presented on Monday, November 28, 2011 at the Annual Sopinka Luncheon sponsored by the United Way’s Legal Division.  Evans is a Senior Partner with Evans Sweeny Bordin LLP, will be presented with the first Award of Community Distinction.

For over 40 years, John F. Evans has been a member of Hamilton’s legal community and has represented thousands of Hamilton citizens. Throughout his esteemed career, Evans has been awarded the Law Society Medal, the Emilius Irving Award from the Hamilton Law Association, the Distinguished Service Award and Excellence in Insurance Law Award from the Ontario Bar Association and was awarded Honorary Alumni from McMaster University. Evans is currently a member of the Hamilton Law Association, the Advocates’ Society and the Canadian Bar Association. Previously, he has been a member and / or chaired a number councils, committees and conferences. He has also contributed to countless publications and guest lectured or spoken at legal councils, conferences, community meetings, professional seminars and a selection of colleges and universities.

Beyond his outstanding contributions to the community in a legal capacity, Evans is being presented with the John F. Evans Award of Community Distinction due to his tireless efforts to support the community through his work with United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton. Evans worked to establish the annual Sopinka Luncheon and has mobilized over 280 lawyers in the community to support the United Way, resulting in over $1 million dollars raised over the last ten years, with a projected $200,000 to be raised this year.

Going forward, this award will be open to any member of the legal profession within the boundaries of Burlington and Greater Hamilton and will be presented to an exemplary member of the legal profession who has been nominated by one of their peers. The award will be presented at the annual Sopinka Luncheon.

Nominees will be evaluated based on criteria set by United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton, including:

  • Achievement: The nominee achieved progress in addressing a community need or issue
  • Impact: The nominee’s impact on the community was significant
  • Approach: The nominee used an innovative, unique, or exemplary approach
  • Mobilization: The nominee mobilized other volunteers and members of the community
  • Involvement: The nominee demonstrated a strong commitment, whether long-term or a first-time experience
  • Leadership: The nominee demonstrated leadership in addressing a community need or issue