The Government of Canada announced on November 15 that the call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open and will run until February 3, 2017.
Canada’s Volunteer Awards recipients are nominated by Canadians, for Canadians. This is the chance for all Canadians, to nominate a volunteer, a not-for-profit organization that helps to find innovative solutions to social challenges, or a business that demonstrates social responsibility in your community.
“I’m very happy to announce the launch of the call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards,” said Peter Schiefke, MP of Vaudreuil-Soulanges. “I invite all to nominate a volunteer, a business or a not-for-profit organization that is making a difference in our communities. This is a great way to say thank you and to give back to your community.”
The Government of Canada is proud to acknowledge young volunteers. In honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Emerging Leader category has been expanded from one national to five regional awards in order to recognize young volunteers for their contributions to their communities.
“Volunteers across the country give countless hours of their time to strengthen our communities. As we celebrate our 150th anniversary as an inclusive, diverse country,” added The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “I encourage all Canadians to consider the volunteers and organizations who are making a difference in their lives, and nominate them for Canada’s Volunteer Awards.”
This year, 21 awards will be presented, and award recipients will have the opportunity to identify a not-for-profit organization of their choice to receive a $5,000 or $10,000 grant.
Awards will be presented in the following categories:
· One (1) national award – Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award.
· Five (5) regional awards – Emerging Leader, for young volunteers aged 18 to 30.
· Five (5) regional awards – Community Leader, for individuals or groups of volunteers.
· Five (5) regional awards – Business Leader, to recognize businesses that demonstrate social responsibility.
· Five (5) regional awards – Social Innovator, to recognize the contributions of not-for-profit organizations.
Nominate a volunteer, a not-for-profit organization or a business today! For more information and to submit a nomination, visit Canada.ca/volunteer-awards.