EMESA Categories

Resilient Communities

Resilience is the capacity of a system, community or society to adapt to disturbances resulting from hazards by persevering, recuperating or changing to reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning.  Resilience is a key element of the Emergency Management Framework for Canada and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

Resilient capacity is built through a process of empowering citizens, responders, organizations, communities, and governments, to share the responsibility to keep hazards from becoming disasters. Resilience minimizes vulnerability, dependence and susceptibility by creating or strengthening social and physical capacity in the human and built environment to cope with, adapt to, respond to, and recover and learn from disasters.

Examples of achievements in this category can include excellence in:

In addition to the above, specific examples of achievements may apply for Indigenous communities, such as:

Search and Rescue Volunteers

This category recognizes contributions performed in a volunteer capacity, in a search and rescue organization that is a member of the Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada, the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association, or the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, or whose status as a search and rescue organization is recognized by a provincial, municipal or public authority.

Examples of achievements in this category can include excellence in:

Search and Rescue Employees

This category recognizes Search and Rescue contributions performed as an employee. This includes employees for whom Search and Rescue is a primary responsibility, as well as people who contribute to Search and Rescue through their paid work, even though they are not employed in a Search and Rescue role (for example, an academic contribution to the field of Search and Rescue). 

Examples of achievements in this category can include excellence in:

Youth

The Youth category is intended to recognize volunteers and employees in the early stages of their careers. Rather than an age cut-off, eligibility is limited to candidates who are within five years of joining the EM community (whether voluntary or professional).

The Youth category is for youth candidates, not for programs directed at youth. Programs directed at youth can be nominated in the Resilient Communities category.

Examples of achievements in this category can include excellence in:

Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Management

This category can include achievements that may not fall under the above categories.

Additionally, this category recognizes a sustained commitment to emergency management: for individuals, this can entail recognition of an outstanding career; for groups, this can entail recognition of an organization’s remarkable contribution over a period of time.

Examples of achievements in this category can include excellence in:

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