Call for Nominations is Now Closed
The Captain Nichola Goddard Award was created to recognize and honour a young Canadian innovator and trailblazer who has made an inspiring early or mid-career contribution to Canadian security and defence.
The Captain Nichola Goddard award is about remembering the leadership qualities of Nichola Goddard, her character and her vibrant spirit. The award is intended to celebrate modern soldiers who live and succeed by the same values that Nichola demonstrated including; inclusivity, commitment, courage, and valour.
The Captain Nichola Goddard award is about remembering the leadership qualities of Nichola Goddard, her character and her vibrant spirit and is intended to celebrate those who break barriers every day, and who live and succeed by the same values that Nichola demonstrated: inclusivity, commitment, courage, and valour.
Demonstration of leadership qualities.
Integrity, humility, resilience, vision, balance.
Demonstration of courage and valour
Demonstration of Innovation either personally or professionally
Measurable accomplishments in early or mid-career
Serving as an inspiration for others
Demonstration of leadership principles of inclusivity, by opening barriers including (but not limited to) gender, race, language, or professional obstacles.
All submissions are considered in confidence by the CDA Institute and the Captain Nichola Goddard Leadership Award Selection Committee, and nominations will not be publicly disclosed. Nominations are accepted in both official languages.
Captain Nichola Goddard’s name was chosen for this award, because her leadership and courage in the face of adversity, changed how we as a country viewed women in combat roles. Her willingness to lead with confidence and take the same risks as the other soldiers in combat made her the first Canadian female soldier to make the ultimate sacrifice in battle (in Afghanistan on 17 May 2006). She was not the first woman in combat for Canada, others made the same decision, but she was the first killed in action. This award pays tribute to the courage of all the men and women in combat who take the same risks and honours all our fallen soldiers.
Nominations are to contain the following documentation;
2. Nomination letter (2 pages max)
3. Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae / biographical summary
4. Letters of support (optional)
Nomination and Support Letters
Nomination and supporting letters should provide real examples and personal insight into the way the candidate is perceived by someone who has observed the candidate’s contributions to the advancement and support of Canada’s national security.
The letters should adequately highlight the nominee’s leadership and the exceptional nature of their performance. Specifically, the letters need to describe the difference that the candidate’s contribution has made to Canada and our Canadian Armed Forces.