Community Service Award

The Community Service Award (formerly Community Relations Award) recognizes an individual, group or organization that has promoted and made significant contributions to the profession through public education and community engagement.

Dr. Evelyn Lock (centre) received the 2019 OCA Community Service  Award (formerly community relations award) for working tirelessly with the humanitarian charity Bridge to Health, building its MSK program from the ground up. She is flanked by Dr. Ken Brough on the left and Dr. Gerald Olin on the right.


At least one nominee (an individual or a member of the group or organization) must be an OCA member. This person will accept the award on behalf of the nominated group.

Recipient(s) will have made a significant contribution to enhancing the reputation and credibility of the profession through one or more of the following areas:

  • Community Service: The degree to which their services/actions have made a lasting or meaningful contribution or impact on patients and the public in their community
  • Public Education: Involvement delivering public education within and outside of the profession

Questions about the awards? Contact OCA at or call 416-860-0070 | Toll-free: 1-877-327-2273.


Nominations are now closed for the OCA 2020 awards.

Current Winners

2019 Award Winner: Dr. Evelyn Lock

Dr. Lock has worked tirelessly with the humanitarian charity, Bridge to Health, building its MSK program from the ground up.

Dr. Lock visited rural Ugandan villages, providing care to individuals who had never seen an MSK expert. She educated local Ugandan clinical officers in how to conduct MSK-focused histories, examinations and treatments. Because of her work, a formal MSK team has been added to all African missions, alongside multidisciplinary health care providers.

Dr. Lock mentors undergraduate students at the University of Toronto and provides care and preventative health education to several community groups. She was involved in the Key Performance Target Committees with Patients Canada, where she worked to improve patients’ hospital experiences. She feels that a multidisciplinary approach helps in her current work at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto.

Past Community Service Award Winners