Both awards recognize ONA members’ contributions towards “the advancement of numismatics, either throughout Ontario or at the local club level,” according to ONA awards committee chair Chris Boyer.
Launched in 1962, the Award of Merit is the ONA’s top honour and recognizes a single ONA member who “significantly contributed to the success of the ONA, and numismatics in the Province of Ontario,” Boyer said.
The ONA also inducts up to three new fellows each year; however, last year, no fellows were inducted due to the COVID-19 pandemic – a first since the fellowship was created in 1994.
Typically announced during the annual ONA Convention’s awards banquet, both honours include a silver medal, certificate and engraved metallic name badge.
Next year’s ONA Convention is slated for April 9-11 in Burlington.
The ONA Awards Committee (OAC) is now accepting nominations – including a full summary of the nominees’ numismatic achievements and contributions – through next February.
To submit a nomination before Feb. 28, contact Boyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 457 Lorindale Street, Waterloo, ON N2K 2X2.