RWTO/OERO Awards Policies

It is the policy of RWTO/OERO that the following honours may be bestowed on members.

Barbara Bain Membership Award

This provincial award was named in honour of our long-time member, Barbara Bain, who served on the Provincial Board of Directors for 11 years. Barbara served as an Area Director, Assistant Insurance Convenor, Insurance Convenor, 2nd and 1st Vice-President, President, Past President and Honorary President. Barbara was also the first Membership Convenor for RTWO/OERO. Barbara continues to be an active member in the London-Middlesex Branch.

Since its inception in 2006-2007, the provincial Barbara Bain Award has traditionally been given to the three branches, one in each tier, with the largest percentage increase in the number of regular paid-up members. In 2015, the formula was changed: the actual increase is now calculated on how many new members join, less the number of existing members who did not renew during the April 1 to March 31 period. Awards of $300, $200 and $100 will be given in each tier, based on actual increase in membership. So now instead of 3 awards of $200 being awarded, we have 9 provincial awards, 3 for each tier, totalling $1800.

Barbara Bain Recipients 2021

Tier Branch Net Increases
1 Thomas-Elgin 1st 1 $400.00
1 2nd $300.00
1 3rd $200.00
2 Haldimand 1st 8 $400.00
2 Durham North 2nd 2 $300.00
2 Orillia tie for 3rd 1 $200.00
2 Palmerston tie for 3rd 1 $200.00
3 Borckville 1st 4 $400.00
3 Dundalk-Highpoint 2nd 3 $300.00
3 Rendevous 3rd 2 $200.00

Barbara Bain Award Recipinets 2020

Click on the links below to access the videos of the Barbara Bain award Recipients for 2020

Barbara Bain Tier One Award Recipients

Barbara Bain Tier Two Award Recipients

Barbara Bain Tier Three Award Recipients

Barbara Bain Award Recipients 2019

The membership increases are calculated by the Executive Secretary-Treasurer.

The Feather In Your Hat Award

The Feather in Your Hat was established by the Membership Committee.

Criteria for the Feather in Hat Award

  1. This award recognizes creative, innovative and successful activities carried out by a Branch that has clearly enriched the programs offered by RWTO/OERO.


  1. Area Directors can submit the names of deserving Branches.
  2. Branches can nominate themselves by writing a descriptive article and submitting it to the Chair of the Membership Committee for consideration.
  3. Chosen Branches have an article describing their activity or program published in the Provincial Newsletter and the “Hat” itself is presented at the Annual Meeting.
  4. Two or three Branches are honoured each year.


Submissions for Feather In Your Hat must be made to the Membership Convenor after January 1st and before March 1st. Mail a hard copy via Canada Post to:

Evelyn Martin
90 MacNeil Crt.
Hagersville ,ON N0A 1H0

Notify her that it is in the mail and she will confirm receipt upon arrival.

Feather in Your Hat Award

The “Feather in Your Hat” Awards are presented each year at the AGM/June Convention. It is given in recognition to branches for their creative, innovative, and successful projects that have clearly enriched the programs offered by RWTO/OERO at the branch level. Thank you to all the branches that made submissions this year.

Feather in Your Hat Awards – 2021   (Provincial Membership Committee)

Our 3 very worthy recipients are, alphabetically:

Durham North Branch filled 100” Purses for Sisters” including useful and uplifting items for women who have experienced domestic violence. They were delivered to shelters in the Durham areas. Thanks to their caring and sharing, 60 of their 80 members participated! The purses also contained COVID 19 masks, and a hand-written friendly note. Each purse was delivered in a safe manner to front porches.

Hamilton-Wentworth Branch is receiving their Certificate and Hat for a well-thought-out, non-contact Charity Drive-Thru and Drop-Off at a local Grocery Store parking lot in Ancaster. They advertised well and opened their colourfully-labelled car trunks. They had to make several runs with each car during the day! They also added 2 new charities to their May 12th Spring Charity Drive – “Purses for Margaret” and “Soles for Souls”.

Sudbury Branch’s submission was for hospitalized children – a project near and dear to teacher’s hearts! A team of members sewed up colourful pillows with a special front pocket filled with books and bookmarks.20 were given before COVID 19 began and they will resume as soon as possible. 50 Pocket Pillows were made so far and more will be forthcoming. Parents and children were thrilled with RWTO/OERO’s Caring and Sharing!

Feather In Your Hat Award Recipients 2020

Honorary Membership Award

A Provincial Honorary Membership in RWTO/OERO is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a member for outstanding service at the provincial level. This award is presented at the Annual Meeting. Nominations are sent to the Honorary Membership Committee Chair.

Criteria for Honorary Members:

  1. The most important consideration must be the member’s contribution to RWTO/OERO at the provincial level.
  2. The contribution may include: length of service, provincial offices held with distinction, extraordinary care and devotion to a task, outstanding ideas or innovations introduced.
  3. The retiring Provincial President is automatically recommended for this honour at the completion of her term of office
  4. No more than 4 members may be selected in any one year.


  1. A notice and the criteria for selection of a recipient are placed in the November newsletter by the Honorary Membership Convenor inviting branch executives and/or members-at large to submit nominations for this award.
  2. The name and the accompanying background information about the proposed recipient must be forwarded to the Honorary Life Membership Convenor by January 31.
  3. The Committee selects the recipients as soon as possible after January 31. The chairperson forwards the choices, along with the rationale for the selections, to the Provincial President for presentation, discussion and ratification at the April executive meeting. The decision is relayed to the chairperson of the Honorary Membership Committee who then notifies the recipients.

Honorary Membership Award Recipients 2020

This Provincial Award is the highest honour that RWTO/OERO bestows. We received three nominations this year and the committee was delighted to present all three to the Provincial board. All three of these recipients exhibited outstanding service at the Provincial level. We are pleased to honour Karen Clark-Lauzon, Teresa Dorey and Donna Hemeon for their dedication to our organization.

The Honorary Membership Award is the highest honour that RWTO/OERO bestows. It is given for outstanding service at the Provincial level. This year we are pleased to honour Kathy Gallagher and Nancy Papiez.

Kathy Gallagher (Windsor-Essex Branch)

Kathy started her Provincial journey as Communication Website Convenor in 2016. She exemplifies dedication, leadership, and forward thinking. Her creativity and enthusiasm have resulted in several improvements to Branch websites, and also, a very impressive Provincial website. She shared her skills willingly, performing tasks that, in the past, were referred to a professional. We appreciate her efforts to minimize our spending costs.

During her time on the Provincial Board, she promoted, and created, “Members Rocking Retirement”, a feature on the website that provides a format for showcasing some of the outstanding talents that our members have brought to their retirement years. In addition to her other duties, she agreed to chair the “Social Media Ad Hoc Committee”, tasked with developing guidelines for our online content.

Her technical presence at Conventions is obvious as it is part of every aspect, from agendas to presentations to the Memorial Service. When Covid interrupted our 2020 Kingston plans, Kathy was instrumental in taking our AGM online. More recently she volunteered to be Convenor for this year’s, first ever, Virtual Convention, complete with tours and entertainment.

Kathy is rocking her retirement and will always be “Cyberlady” to us.
Congratulations Kathy and Thank you!

Nancy Papiez (Hamilton/Wentworth Branch)

Nancy started her Provincial journey as Convenor of the 2013 Convention, hosted by Hamilton-Wentworth. Her leadership and organizational skills, as well as her commitment to keeping processes efficient, were evident. During that year, she also volunteered to chair the “Convention Handbook Revisions Committee”. She has since chaired several other Provincial committees, including “Guidelines for Branches”, “Duties of Area Directors”, “Voting and Election Procedure Handbook”, and a few more not listed here.

In 4 years of service as Program Coordinator, she created timeline documents for Branch Presidents and Area Directors to help them organize their responsibilities. Her contributions to the AGM were evident to everyone involved, as she worked endlessly to make the whole meeting process run smoothly.

More recently, Nancy has served as Second Vice President, where she was Goodwill Convenor, and First Vice President, where she chaired the Resolutions Committee. This year, as Provincial President, she faced the challenges of Covid and Zoom. She kept a positive attitude and encouraged others to do the same. She learned and shared with grace and patience.

Nancy has proven herself to be a hard-working leader, dedicated to caring and sharing. Congratulations Nancy and Thank you!

Respectfully submitted by the Honorary Membership Award Committee,
Evelyn Martin
Kathy Smith
Susan Rose
Lois Lockhart (Chair)

Click here for the Honorary Membership Awards 2020

The Cora Bailey Award

Cora Bailey from the Peterborough Branch was RWTO/OERO’s first Executive Secretary-Treasurer. She held this position for eleven years until 1982 and wrote the History Book – OASWT 1956-1976. Beginning in 2003, this award was presented in her honour.

Criteria for Cora Bailey Award Recipients

  1. The Cora Bailey Award may be presented to a Branch member who has contributed outstanding service to her Branch.


  1. The certificate for this award is available on request from the Provincial Office and will be signed by the provincial President.
  2. All branch members are eligible for this award whether or not they have received an Honorary Life membership Award.
  3. One to three recipients per Branch may receive the award per Membership year (September 1st to August 31st).
  4. A picture of Cora Bailey, donated by Jean Axcell from Peterborough, is to be kept by the Archivist for display at the Annual Meeting.
  5. After being displayed at the Annual Meeting, pictures of the recipients for that year will be kept in an album by the Archivist.