Member Service Award Winners
Member Service Awards recognize extraordinary service and significant contribution to the Institute by OPPI’s volunteer leadership.
Nominations may be submitted by District Chairs on behalf of District Leadership Teams and/or Nominations-at-large signed by two members in good standing (other than the nominee).
To make a nomination, read the Member Service Award Criteria and then submit the Nomination Form. Only applicatiions received through the nomination form will be considered. The deadline for completed nomination forms is June 1.
Read what some of last year's winners have to say about winning a Member Service Award and being recognized by OPPI:
"In my years with OPPI, I have had the privilege of meeting many dedicated planners who give generously of their time and talent. I know from my own experience as the recipient of the 2017 Member Service Award, recognition from your peers is a great honour." - Angela Dietrich, RPP
"My volunteer involvement with OPPI has been enriching, and I've always enjoyed being able to contribute to the growth of the profession. The unexpected recognition that has come with a Member Service Award is a great honour for me, especially with so many deserving candidates. I'm sincerely grateful. To receive the award in front of so many of my peers at the OPPI Conference made it all the more meaningful." - Chris Wicke, RPP
"While it has always been an easy decision to volunteer in OPPI activities, given all that the Institute offers to use as planning professionals, it was an honour to receive a Member Service Award. Because an award like this is so unexpected, it is particularly appreciated by recipients! Consider nominating a colleague for a Member Service Award this year." - Paul Baskcomb, RPP
Angela Dietrich, RPP
OPPI is honoured to recognize Angela’s longstanding and extraordinary contributions, not only to the Institute, but to the Ontario planning profession.
She served on the Oak Ridges District Leadership Team for five years and was the Team Chair for approximately two years. As Chair, she was responsible for establishing a fulsome district events program (approximately nine events per year) that helped to fulfill members’ needs to complete their Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) requirements. She was also involved in overseeing all District events and in many cases helping to organize them including arranging speakers and venues.
Angela currently works as the Manager, City Wide Planning for the City of Mississauga. She was instrumental in setting up the District Leadership Team (DLT) Charter to help guide the District Leadership Team's work and she helped to expand the membership on the DLT to support the District’s program. She was also involved in improving the District’s outreach to its public sector and private sector members. She was awarded a Member Service Award in 2001 for her work as the Central District Membership Committee representative.
Chris Wicke, RPP
Chris Wicke has been actively engaged in OPPI for many years and has significantly contributed to the programs and services of the Institute. He was a valued member of the Eastern District Leadership Team (DLT) from 2009-2015 where he provided his time and expertise to organizing events and workshops for OPPI members.
He served as the Chair of the Outreach Committee during 2014-2017 as well as being the Queen’s University representative. He also sits on the Student Liaison Committee. Every year, he visits the students of the School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP) at Queen’s University and has become a mentor to many of them. During these visits, Chris promotes the benefits and opportunities of becoming an OPPI Student Member.
Chris has been a Senior Planner with the City of Kingston since 2012. He is responsible for a variety of projects ranging from the creation of Urban Design Guidelines and Secondary Plans to the creation of the new Comprehensive Zoning By-law. Prior to this, he was a Senior Urban Designer and Planner at FoTenn Consultants Inc. Chris graduated from McGill University in 2005 with a Masters in Urban Planning.
Kira Dolch, RPP
With close to 20 years of experience, Kira Dolch has contributed substantially to the planning profession in her community through volunteering for OPPI committees and activities.
In addition to being a member of OPPI since 2000, she has dedicated her time and energy to the Western Lake Ontario District since its inception, serving for three years as Chair from 2013-2016. Prior to her term as District Leadership Team Chair, she was a member of OPPI’s Municipal Affairs and Housing Working Group, and Policy Review Subcommittee. She excels at engaging members at District events and activities and continues to contribute her knowledge and energy to developing many of the WLO District events and bringing quality learning opportunities to the planning profession.
Kira has been a planner throughout the Niagara Region in both public and private sector positions and currently serves as Associate Director of Planning and Development Services for the Town of Fort Erie. She has played a significant role with local area planners and has been instrumental in establishing a number of training programs through Brock University for planners throughout the Niagara Region.
Paul Baskcomb, RPP
Paul Baskcomb has been significantly involved with OPPI as a member of the Northern District Executive for many years and through his work with the Regional Planning Commissioners of Ontario and the Long Range Planners of Ontario. In addition to his volunteer work with OPPI, he is very active in his community, serving on the Board of Governors for Laurentian University and Thorneloe University. He also served as a mentor to many young planners in the community.
A retired General Manager of Growth and Development for the City of Greater Sudbury, he has been a member of OPPI for over 30 years. During his many years with the City, and formerly the Regional Municipality of Sudbury, Paul led many initiatives that raised the awareness of the planning profession in Sudbury and northern Ontario, including the creation of an Official Plan for the newly amalgamated City of Greater Sudbury as well as the establishment of the City’s Lake Water Quality Program. He was also key to expanding the use of Community Improvement Plans in the north, focusing on brownfields, downtown revitalization and neighbourhood beautification.
Christine Thompson (Posthumous)
Jeff Celentano initiated the member “Service Awards” for 1994.
Prior to 1994 "Volunteer Service" awards were given out to recognize volunteers who had made significant contributions with OPPI and the planning profession.