For Immediate Release
Nominate a volunteer, not-for-profit organization or business for Canada’s Volunteer Awards today
[December 16, 2016] [Delta, BC] Employment and Social Development Canada
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, and particularly in Delta, 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.
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.
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.
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“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, 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.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
“I’m very happy to announce the launch of the call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards. 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!”
–Carla Qualtrough, Member of Parliament, Delta, BC
- Almost 13 million Canadians aged 15 years and over give of their time, and almost twice as many (82 percent) give money to a charitable or not‑for‑profit organization.
- In 2013, volunteers devoted almost 2 billion hours to their volunteer activities, or the equivalent of about 1 million full-time jobs.
- In 2015, Canada ranked sixth in the World Giving Index, which aims to provide insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world.
- In 2013, 66 percent of youth age 15 to 19 had done some volunteer work and 42 percent of youth age 20 to 34 had volunteered.
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Employment and Social Development Canada
Canada’s Volunteer Awards
The Government of Canada is committed to recognizing the significant contribution volunteers make to Canada. Canada’s Volunteer Awards complement other government activities that engage individuals at the community level to promote partnerships and leverage resources across sectors to address persistent social problems. The objective of Canada’s Volunteer Awards is to recognize annually and bring national prominence to the contributions individuals, not-for-profit organizations and businesses make to their communities through volunteering. This aligns with the Government of Canada’s interest in promoting innovative solutions to local problems.
This year’s call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards runs from November 15, 2016 to February 3, 2017.
There are a total of 21 awards, both at the regional and the national levels.
There are 20 regional awards, four for each of the five regions across Canada (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies and British Columbia and the North):
- Emerging Leader (youth 18 to 30) (in honour of Canada 150, there will now be 5 regional awards in this category!)
- Community Leader (for individual volunteers or groups of volunteers);
- Business Leader (for businesses); and
- Social Innovator (for not-for-profit organizations).
There is also one national award:
- Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award (generally for those who have volunteered for at least 20 years).
Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award
Thérèse Casgrain was a Canadian senator and social activist. Throughout her life, she chose to defend the cause of disadvantaged members of society, denounce social injustice and lend a voice to those who had none. Thérèse Casgrain was the founder and president of the Quebec League of Women’s Rights and helped Quebec women gain the right to vote in 1940. The Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award recognizes the lifelong voluntary contributions of men and women from communities across Canada whose pioneering spirit, social commitment and persistent endeavors have contributed significantly to the advancement of a cause and the well-being of their fellow citizens.
Recognition package for recipients:
Award recipients are invited to attend a ceremony where they are recognized by the Government of Canada. In addition, regional award recipients can identify an eligible not-for-profit organization to receive a $5,000 grant, and the recipient of the Thérèse-Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award can identify an eligible not-for-profit organization to receive a $10,000 grant.
Recipients are selected through a three-step assessment process:
- Department officials screen nominations to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria.
- Regional reviewers (volunteer representatives from across the country) assess eligible nominations based on the assessment criteria and develop a list of top‑ranked nominations for the National Advisory Committee.
- A National Advisory Committee comprising up to 15 volunteer members from various regions of Canada is selected by the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. The National Advisory Committee assesses the top-ranked nominations and advises the Minister on final decisions.
Canada 150 Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation at special events and activities that are being planned across the country. From local and community events to national celebrations in 2017, there will be plenty of ways to get involved and celebrate all that makes us who we are as a country. More excitement to come, stay tuned! The clock starts now. We’re celebrating 2017 in a big way with events happening across the country all year long. Be part of it.
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