Call for Nominations for Toronto Centre Awards

Katrina Ince Lum with Award

Each year the Toronto Centre recognizes the contributions of our members to the operation of the Centre, to the promotion of astronomy in the community, to observing programs and to the development of astronomical equipment.

Toronto Centre awards formally recognize and thank those individuals who have made significant contributions to the Centre in one of four areas:

The Andrew Elvins Award is for members whose efforts have contributed significantly to the promotion of interest in astronomy and the Society among the general public.

The Bertram J. Topham Award goes to members who have made significant contributions to the observing activities of the Centre or carried out observing programs of a significant and well-defined nature.

The Jesse Ketchum Award is presented to members who have done considerable work in the construction and/or application of equipment suitable for astronomical observation.

The Ray Thompson Award for Astronomical Imaging is presented to the member or members who have done exceptional work in astroimaging including CCD, film, sketching and other techniques.

In addition to these awards, the Centre also presents the Bert Winearls Award annually to recognize exceptional service to the Centre and the Ostrander-Ramsay Award for astronomical writing. The Bert Winearls Award is made at the discretion of the President and the Ostrander-Ramsay Award at the discretion the SCOPE Editor.

A list of previous award recipients may be found here.

The award year runs from January 1st to December 31st. If you wish to nominate a member for the Elvins, Topham, Ketchum or Thompson awards, please prepare a written nomination including information as to why you feel the individual(s) merit(s) consideration for the award in question. Each nomination must include the support of an additional member. Nominations may be given directly to any member of Centre Council or submitted by email to nominations@rascto.ca. The deadline for award nominations is April 15, 2019.

Recommendations for the Winearls and the Ostrander-Ramsay awards may be made to the President (president@rascto.ca) and SCOPE Editor (scopeeditor@rascto.ca) respectively.

If you have any questions, please contact Tony Horvatin (nominations@rascto.ca).

Please help us recognize those who you feel have put forward excellent efforts as members of the RASC Toronto Centre!