HUMAN RESOURCES | Recipients of the 2022 Nonprofit Employer of Choice Awards Announced

publication date: Jan 26, 2023

January 26, 2023 Toronto, Ontario – Hilborn Charity eNews together with partner CCEOC Inc. congratulate the recipients of the eighth annual Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice (NEOC) Award.  

This year, 16 organizations fulfilled program requirements to be named a Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice.  

The 2022 award recipients are: 

  • Canadian Mental Health Association – Peel Dufferin (ON)
  • Canadian Mental Health Association - York Region and South Simcoe (ON)  5+ year Winner
  • Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada (ON)
  • Chilliwack Society for Community Living (BC)  5+ year Winner
  • Colleges and Institutes Canada (ON)
  • Connective Support Society (BC)
  • Calgary Urban Project Society - CUPS (AB)
  • Ducks Unlimited Canada (MB)
  • Edmonton Humane Society (AB)
  • Lakeland Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Society (AB)
  • Louis Brier Home and Hospital (BC)
  • Richmond Hospital Foundation (BC)  5+ year Winner
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities Alberta (AB)
  • UNICEF Canada (ON)  5+ year Winner
  • Work Wellness Institute (BC)
  • York Support Services Network (ON)

 All winners successfully completed the NEOC Organizational Profile and Employee Commitment Survey achieving a minimum overall score of 75% to qualify for the award.  

In a quest to create "decent workplaces," thought leaders are debunking the myth that employees in the nonprofit sector are willing (and should be expected) to work in exchange for the opportunity to “do good.”  

Today, talented people can find a socially meaningful career outside a traditional nonprofit organization, which intensifies the competition for qualified staff.  

Nonprofit employers of choice generally do a better job of attracting and retaining talent due to: superior HR management; strong organizational cultures; clarity around job expectations; and relevant training and career development.[1]    

The Nonprofit Employer of Choice Award is a tool that measures a nonprofit's Leadership attributes, HR practices and employee opinions. The NEOC program provides a framework to evaluate an organization's talent management issues and start constructing a corrective plan of action. This program further enables the board and senior staff to probe and analyze the issues and start the transformational change needed to achieve the impact the donor rightly expects.  

“We’re very excited to announce the winners of the 2022 Nonprofit Employer of Choice Award.” said Jeff Doran, president of CCEOC Inc.  “Even as we begin to emerge from the pandemic, things are not status quo.  These organizations continue to place their employees as their number one priority. They took the time to assess their operations and recognize their employees for all their hard work and sacrifice. My hat is off to all of these amazing nonprofits!” Doran says, “All winning nonprofits showed strong leadership qualities, particularly in the areas of building trust & respect, communication, and employee engagement. These organizations can now promote their employer of choice brand and put together sustainable action plans to help make their organizations even better places to work.” 

Other supporting partners of the NEOC Award program include CanadaHelps and the Sustainability Network. 

Applications to participate in the 2023 NEOC Award program will be accepted starting March 1, 2023.

For more information, contact:  

Mary Singleton

Manager, NEOC Awards Program



Jeff Doran                                         

President, CCEOC Inc.




[1] Imagine Canada, "4 Myths About Young People and Non-Profit Work," Blog, August 2016

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