POC has three awards for members who have made noteworthy contributions to the organization and our industry: the POC Ambassador Award, Harold Taylor Award and President’s Award. The Ambassador and Harold Taylor Awards are presented annually while the President’s Award is given on a special merit basis.

Award Committee Policy and Procedure (PDF)

 

POC Ambassador Award

Ida Tetlock – SMART Organizing & Property Management

Congratulations to Ida Tetlock, who was presented with the Professional Organizers in Canada Ambassador Award at the 2021 Summit.

In her organizing practice at SMART Organizing & Property Management, Ida serves her clients by empowering them to address the situational disorganization they have encountered in life, home & business through the implementation of goal based organizing and productivity solutions.

Ida’s passion is serving as an accountability partner to her clients on an individual or team basis with a focus on assisting other professionals and their families. Adding order, function and productivity through implementation of best practices developed from formal education and years of applied experience in customer service, information technology, business analysis and project management fields and as a master practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). Ida offers motivation, solutions expertise, hands on organizing and mentorship enabling clients to regain control and feel accomplished.

Building community through service and volunteering is a core personal & business value for Ida. In addition to participating in the POC mentorship program at the chapter level, Ida serves as a Board Member and ambassador at the Dufferin Board of Trade. She is also a champion for the UCW Purse Project responsible for organizing donations, outreach and distribution and she organizes small events and donation drives in support of non-profits in the community. Ida is often seen supporting various community events either lending a hand, sharing and promoting as well as participating & enjoying the activities with her family too!

The POC Ambassador Award was created to honour a POC member who gives back to other organizers, who is involved with his or her chapter and who devotes time and energy volunteering in the local community. Chapter members and members of the local community may nominate POC members who have made outstanding contributions in these areas.

The criteria for this award are as follows:

  • The nominee is a member in good standing of POC.
  • The nominee is involved in mentoring other organizers.
  • The nominee currently or has in the past volunteered in their POC chapter.
  • The nominee contributes his or her time and energy in the community.

The Award is presented during the POC Conference.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2020 – Kerith Paterson, Visual Girl Home Therapy
  • 2019 – Adele Lapointe, Chaos to Clarity
  • 2018 – Colette Robicheau, Organize Anything
  • 2017 – Pauline Hoffman, Just In Time Solutions
  • 2016 – Kelly Hipkin, Organized Lives Ltd.
  • 2015 – Laura Kay, Laura Kay Organizing
  • 2014 – Elinor Warkentin, Goodbye Clutter!
  • 2013 – Stephanie Deakin, Re: Organized!
  • 2012 – Soraiya Kara, POSabilities Personal Organizing
  • 2011 – Wendy Hollick, Neat Spaces

Harold Taylor Award

Mylène Houle Morency – FLO Organisation

Congratulations to Mylène Houle Morency, who was presented with the Professional Organizers in Canada Harold Taylor Award at the 2021 Summit.

Mylène has been a professional organizer since 2013 and is a Silver Leaf member of POC.

Her company, FLO Organisation, specializes in family organization and offers residential organizing services in addition to online courses, virtual organizing services and downloadable products to simplify daily life for families and to offer tools allowing her clients to live better organized lives, aligned with their values. Her objective is to enable families to anchor all aspects of their family organization in order to free up time for what matters most to them and therefore strengthen family ties.

She also offers services in the corporate environment and not-for-profit sector as a speaker and consultant, with the goal of transferring knowledge and skills to alleviate her participants’ mental load and better manage their work-life balance.

Deeply passionate about the professional organizing industry, she teamed up with a group of professional organizers, all members of POC, and a trade college to launch the program ”Organisation des espaces” as a course conceptor and trainer. The trade college, Centre de formation professionnelle Maurice-Barbeau, open to all residents of the province of Québec, has now been training two cohorts of professional organizer per year since September 2019.

Her advice has been shared in both French and English media alike, in such publications as The Montreal Gazette, Canadian Living, CBC Radio One and on the Declutter Hub podcast in addition to La Presse +, Elle Québec, Coup de pouce and the tv network tou.tv in French. She was the French spokesperson for the Spring 2021 HomeSense Campaign.

Mylène is currently Vice-Chair of the Ethics Committee, and Treasurer of the Montreal Chapter of POC.

During the first Annual POC Conference in 2001, the Board of Directors of POC was pleased to announce the inception of The Harold Taylor Award.

The Board of Directors created the award to recognize outstanding individual contribution, guidance and direction to the organizing profession, and for support of Professional Organizers in Canada. Each year, the Past President of POC assists a volunteer committee of between three and five POC members who agree to be responsible for the award process. Notice of the Harold Taylor Award is made to the membership on a yearly basis.

Members of POC are free to nominate their choice of one POC member whom they feel best exemplifies the mission of POC, and who by their actions has made a significant contribution to the field of organizing. The awards committee then selects the winner from amongst these nominations. Once the final choice has been made, the award is presented at the Annual Conference Gala Dinner.

The mission of Professional Organizers in Canada: Providing visibility, credibility and connection.

The award is an Inukshuk (in-uk-shook) sculpture created by artist R.Ellsworth. The Inukshuk is a monument created in the human image, which is erected in groups by the Inuit in the barren, treeless Arctic regions. The Inukshuk serves as a guide to give direction, to show the way and to say “I was” or “we were” here. The meticulously handcrafted replication is truly unique, as no moulds are used. Each component is randomly selected, and then the sculpture is erected piece by piece, just as the larger life version would be. This process ensures that each sculpture has its own identity.

History of the Harold Taylor Award (PDF)

Past Award Recipients

  • 2020 – Judy Rickey, Clutter Relief Services
  • 2019 – Hilda Rodgers, From Overwhelmed To Organized
  • 2018 – Janice Kirwin – Lighten Up!
  • 2017 – Alison Lush, Certified Professional Organizer
  • 2016 – Linda Chu, Out of Chaos Organizing Services and Soraiya Kara, POSabilities Personal Organizing
  • 2015 – Carolyn Caldwell, Wellrich Organizers
  • 2014 – Jane Veldhoven, Get Organized Professional Services
  • 2013 – Clare Kumar, Streamlife®
  • 2011 – Kristie Demke, Organomics Professional Organizing
  • 2010 – Joel-Marc Goldberg, The JGAP Group
  • 2009 – Jane Woolsey, An Organized Vision
  • 2008 – Donna Campbell, Organize-etc
  • 2007 – Debra Milne, professionalorganizers.com
  • 2006 – Morva Bowman, Masters of Space and Time
  • 2005 – Estelle Gee, Orderly Lives
  • 2004 – Hellen Buttigieg, We Organize U
  • 2003 – Karen Sencich, Havoc to Harmony and Laurene Livesey-Park, OrganizeMe101.com
  • 2002 – Margaret Miller, TERAGRAM Coaching & Consulting Group
  • 2001 – Harold Taylor, Harold Taylor Time Consultants Inc.

President's Award

Stephanie Deakin – Re:Organized! & Clutter Queen Services

Congratulations to Stephanie Deakin who was presented with the Professional Organizers in Canada President’s Award at the 2019 Conference.

Stephanie started her business, Re:Organized! in 2004 and joined POC in 2005. In 2015 she purchased Clutter Queen Services and runs both businesses simultaneously. Stephanie was a founding member of her chapter, and has been on its board since 2005. She also served on POC’s board of directors for 7.5 years.

She loves to mentor new organizers and to see them succeed – and become involved in POC! She also loves helping clients, attending conferences, traveling, and wine. She is a Gold Leaf member and a recipient of the Ambassador Award.

The President’s Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to POC or the organizing industry not described under other award categories. The POC board President chooses the recipient. If there is a recipient, this award is presented at conference.

The POC board President selects the President’s Award recipient based on the following criteria:

  • The recipient is a POC general member;
  • The recipient has made an outstanding/special contribution to POC.
  • The recipient does not qualify to receive an award under any other award categories.

The award may not be presented every year as it is at the President’s discretion. The Award is presented during the POC Conference.

President’s Award Past Recipients

  • 2016 – Marie Potter, Professional Organizer
  • 2011 – Alexandra Ross, Organizing Wizard
  • 2008 – Jacki Hollywood Brown, J-organize