Turkish Cypriot Community Awards
In 2018, TCCA launched the first Turkish Cypriot Community Awards. The aim of these awards were to ensure that Turkish Cypriot individuals, groups as well as organisations whom made an instrumental change to the lives of those in need within our community are recognised. In regards to the nominations, it was agreed prematurely that voting would be through individual votes, with further nominations from registered charities.
The trustees of TCCA are certain that the awards are fair, unbiased and that the purpose of these awards are to celebrate the amazing work of individuals as well as groups.
102 Turkish Cypriot not-for-profit organisations were sent a nomination form. The principle was that their respective nominations had to be for people not active? Within their organisations. From the nominations that were to be received, the five individuals with the most nominations in each category would be shortlisted.
Is down to a public vote, which has a clearly defined closing date. Members of the public have two options for voting these being;
A. An e-ballot allows the public and the community voting for each category to decide. The online ballot is accessible until a closing date, the voting allows one vote from each person.
B. For those not having access to the internet you can complete a voting form and thereafter post it/hand it in to the Awards Offices, which is held in a Ballot box until closing date.
After voting is complete ballot box and online ballot are accessed at the same time and count organised by six professionals from the fields of: politics, accounts, law and journalism. The ultimate decision lies in the hands of the Turkish-Cypriot community - free from preferential treatment or nepotism.
In 2019, a decision was taken to further endorse its independence and the management of the awards were passed over to the Turkish Cypriot Trust (of which TCCA is a prime member).
The first awards were held at The Regency Banqueting Suite and awards presented by Tufan Erhürman the Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus. In 2019 the awards went through nominations however due to covid were unable to progress beyond this.