CCI National Penman Smith Award
For the Best Chapter Newsletter

Each year CCI National bestows the Penman Smith Award honour upon the chapter who has presented the best chapter newsletter. The award is  handed out annually at the CCI –N Fall Leaders Forum meetings.

The Toronto Chapter has been a proud recipient of  the Penman Smith Award seven times since the year 2000. To view a full list of past recipients, see below.

A Special Award Named After a Special Man...

Read more about Penman Smith +/-

Penman was born on November 11, 1911. He was Head Cadet at St. Andrews College in the 1920's and went on to serve as an R.C.A.F. Flight Lieutenant during WW II. After the war he became the Vice-President of Mohawk Mills in Hamilton and eventually a civil servant. Pen was a founder and builder of the Aldershot Presbyterian Church, an Elder Emeritus and Clerk Session for 35 years as well as a founding member of the church's choir.

Pen was involved with the condominium community for over 25 years. In 1973, he and his wife, Haldis, purchased a condominium in Burlington. Pen ran and was elected to his condominium's first Board of Directors and helped steer the condominium through its first few years of existence. He helped to form the Association of Halton Condominiums and later the Southern Ontario Condominium Association, ("SOCA"). In 1979, the Ontario government created a provincial organization called Condominium Ontario and Pen became its President in 1980. When that organization was subsequently dissolved Pen, along with a handful of other dedicated volunteers, founded the Canadian Condominium Institute on October 25th, 1982. SOCA was wound down and became the Golden Horseshoe Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute. Pen was elected the first President of the Chapter and remained in that position for over 10 years. In 1984, he was named the first "Condominium Man of the Year" by Condominium Magazine. In his role as a national director Pen developed CCI's first Directors' Course. Pen also generously donated his time to help those involved with the creation of the London and Area Chapter of CCI.

The National Board made Pen an Associate of the Canadian Condominium Institute (ACCI) in recognition of his involvement with the creation of the organization. He was subsequently elevated to a Fellow of the Canadian Condominium Institute in 1998, the highest honour CCI can bestow, in honour of his outstanding contribution to the Institute and the condominium community.

Upon his retirement from the Golden Horseshoe Board he was made a Director Emeritus and honorary lifetime member of the chapter. In 1988, Pen wrote and published "A Layman's Guide to the Condominium Act" in what turned out to be a very successful attempt to de-mystify the Condominium Act. He also began writing a column for two local newspapers called "Condofax" which ran for over 10 years. Pen subsequently compiled many of his columns and published them in a book called "A Guide to Condominium Living". During his time with the Golden Horseshoe Chapter Pen was also the editor and, more often than not, the chief contributor to the Condo News. To recognize Pen's contribution to our chapter and to CCI generally, the Golden Horseshoe Chapter, in conjunction with the National Board of Directors of CCI, created the "Penman H. Smith Award" to be awarded annually to the CCI chapter that produces the best newsletter of the year.

Pen was a true friend and mentor to many of us in CCI. He was always ready to volunteer for the next seminar or course. He gave freely of his time to help others in the condominium community and was always cheerful when answering the innumerable phone calls and letters from condominium board members and homeowners asking for his advice. Pen's long-term commitment to CCI, and the man himself, are best illustrated by his own words, "To me it is most encouraging to be a part of a movement whose ideals are rooted in the welfare of others. I only hope that I may continue to participate in the warmth and fellowship which animates this activity."

It was with great sadness that his many friends at CCI bade farewell to their dear friend Penman Smith who passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at the age of 91.

Pen is greatly missed by his wife Haldis, his sons and daughters-in law, Robin and Diana, David and Rolande, Jonathan, and his grandchildren, Timothy and Juliana.


CCI National Penman Smith Award Past Recipients

2018-2019
Tier 1: Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter
Tier 2: Toronto & Area Chapter

2017-2018
Tier 1: Vancouver Chapter
Tier 2: Eastern Ontario Chapter

2016-2017
Tier 1: Windsor Essex County Chapter
Tier 2: Golden Horseshoe Chapter

2015-2016
Tier 1: Windsor and Essex County Chapter
Tier 2: Golden Horseshoe Chapter

2014-2015
Tier 1: Nova Scotia Chapter
Tier 2: Toronto & Area Chapter

2013-2014
Tier 1: South Alberta Chapter
Tier 2: Golden Horseshoe Chapter

2012-2013
Tier 1: South Alberta Chapter
Tier 2: North Alberta Chapter

2011-2012
Tier 1: Huronia Chapter
Tier 2: Toronto Chapter

2010-2011
Tier 1: Nova Scotia Chapter
Tier 2: Toronto Chapter

2009-2010
Golden Horseshoe Chapter and Manitoba Chapter

2008-2009
Toronto Chapter

2007-2008
North Alberta Chapter

2006-2007
Manitoba Chapter

2005-2006
Toronto & Area Chapter

2004-2005
Golden Horseshoe Chapter

2003-2004
North Alberta Chapter

2002-2003
Toronto & Area Chapter

2001-2002
Golden Horseshoe Chapter

2000-2001
Toronto & Area Chapter