AFHTO Bright Lights Awards

June 15, 2022

2021 Bright Lights Awards

Shine a light on your team’s achievements.

Nominate an outstanding team or individual for a “Bright Lights” Award by July 15, 2022

AFHTO’s “Bright Lights” Awards recognize AFHTO members’ leadership, outstanding work and the significant progress being made to improve the value interprofessional primary care teams across Ontario deliver.

Bright Lights Award recipients are:

  • Innovators – making small changes for maximum impact to improve patient experience and outcomes
  • Team Players – interprofessional teams, collaborators and relationship builders
  • Demonstrating Impactcan show how their work is benefitting the health care system

Awards will be presented at the AFHTO 2022 Conference Awards ceremony, which will be held at lunchtime on October 12, 2022.

Not sure if your team’s achievements merit recognition? Never submitted a nomination before?  You can watch this 2016 webinar or view the slides for an overview of what reviewers are looking for and tips for writing a nomination.

Nomination Eligibility:

For a program, initiative or individual to be eligible for a Bright Lights award, they must fulfil the following criteria:

  1. Programs or initiatives must be undertaken by an AFHTO member. If the nomination involves a team’s partners, the work must either be led by an AFHTO member or they otherwise play an integral role.
  2. Programs or initiatives that have previously won a Bright Lights award are no longer eligible, whether in their original or expanded model.
  3. Individuals must be staff or affiliated with an AFHTO member and the nomination must be for work they’ve performed in their capacity as such.

Award Categories

Awards will be presented in five categories this year:

  1. It takes a team: collaboration inside and out
  2. Health equity at the centre
  3. Sustainable solutions to primary care problems
  4. Mental health and addictions
  5. Special recognition for underrepresented teams
    1. In 2019 Trent Hills FHT won special recognition for providing better care for rural children . This year all new/underrepresented primary care teams again can win an award for their contributions to Ontario’s healthcare system. The winner(s) will be selected based on the strength of their nomination to one of the four categories above.


Shine a light on your team - Make a nomination today:

  • Review the nomination categories in advance (see nomination guide pg. 3 for descriptions).
  • Review the nomination evaluation criteria (see nomination guide pg. 2 for details).
  • Complete the online nomination form and send all supporting materials before July 15, 2022.
  • Submit supporting documents to
    • 1-4 high-quality photos of nominees in png. or jpg. format to be featured at the Awards Ceremony on October 12.
    • Take a video (30-90 seconds long) with your smartphone and share with’ll be promoting nominations before the conference, so please consider providing an overview of your initiative as part of your nomination (optional).
    • Signed statement of attestation  to release photos for AFHTO use.
    • Any supporting evidence and materials as appropriate.
    • Deadline to submit photos and video is July 27, 2022

We look forward to seeing your nominations and recognizing ALL the excellent work being done!

Past Award Winners

Congratulations again to all the past winners of our “Bright Lights” Awards! To learn more about past “Bright Lights” Awards winners and their accomplishments, please visit the links below:

Online Hall of Fame

We are shining more light on all the "Bright Lights" nominees! You can see the nomination through the online hall of fame: