The Canadian Caregiving Summit Gala celebrated the dedication and advocacy of outstanding caregivers, care providers and care-focused organizations over the last several decades.

The evening provided delegates an opportunity to enjoy an evening of food, music, art and awards.

Hosted by Jully Black – Canada’s Queen of Soul

Jully Black, Canada’s Queen of R&B and Soul, will host the Canadian Caregiving Summit Gala. A true Canadian icon, Jully has been named one of ‘The 25 Greatest Singers Ever’ (CBC Music), and has won Juno, Gemini, Dora Mavor Moore, and Toronto Theatre Critics awards.  She is a celebrated morning television host, a Canada’s Walk of Fame inductee and television and musical stage actress of resolute faith and conviction.

While many are familiar with Jully’s career as a platinum-selling artist and celebrated morning TV host, Jully has also been a caregiver to her mother during her journey with cancer. We welcome Jully to our Gala to share the gift of her voice, share her caregiving story, and lead us in celebrating the contributions and achievements of caregivers and care providers across Canada.

View Jully’s bio

Artist talk with Stéphane Alexis – Victory lies beneath the surface

Stéphane Alexis is an Ottawa-based artist and photographer who draws inspiration from his experiences as a young sibling caregiver. Stéphane will be delivering an artist talk at the Canadian Caregiving Gala discussing his journey caring for his brother, his decision to pursue art and what he is working on today. He will also share a short video.

View Stéphane’s bio

Gala Details

Monday, November 6
National Arts Centre – Canada Room
1 Elgin Street, Canada Square
6 to 9 p.m.

Vickie Cammack Trailblazer Award

The Vickie Cammack Trailblazer Award is awarded to a passionate individual who has demonstrated unwavering dedication to changing the landscape for caregivers and/or care providers in Canada.


Donna Thompson

Outstanding Achievement Award

The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes an organization making an outstanding contribution raising awareness of the experiences and challenges of caregivers in Canada.


Nadine Henningsen

Caregiver Advocacy Award

Caregivers and care providers in Canada need more support from our governments. Advocacy plays a critical role in moving the dial toward a brighter future of care. The Caregiver Advocacy Award recognizes an individual or group that has used their voice to advocate for caregivers in their local or national community.


Katrina Prescott

Young Caregiver Advocate Award

There are over 1.25 million young caregivers in Canada, providing essential care to parents, siblings and others who need support. Their experiences shape how they interact with the world and their peers, and their needs are often unseen and unmet. The Young Caregiver Advocate Award goes to an individual or group who have shown exemplary leadership in raising awareness and supporting young caregivers.


Oliver Fitzpatrick

Care Provider Leadership Award

Care providers are essential partners in care who support care recipients with daily activities and health needs. Despite the important work that they do, care providers in Canada are often unacknowledged for their role. The Care Provider Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has shown remarkable dedication to the sector, in both the care they provide and creativity towards reforming the sector.


Juanita Forde

Research Excellence Award

Measuring the impacts of care is a critical part of understanding the needs and experiences of caregivers and care providers and using that information to advocate for a better future. We are fortunate to have some of the brightest academic minds in social and economic care dedicated to understanding the impacts of care from the economic, physical, and social perspective, as well as researching new interventions to support all those who provide care. The Research Excellence Award recognizes a leader in research whose academic achievements have supported our national understanding of the impacts of care.


Dr. Jasneet Parmar and Dr. Sharon Anderson