Mike Bossio

Your member of parliament for


Hastings-Lennox and Addington

Mike Bossio

Your member of parliament for


Hastings-Lennox and Addington

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Nominate Someone for Canada’s Volunteer Awards

The call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open and will run until June 21, 2019. This is the chance for all Canadians to nominate exceptional individuals, a not-for-profit organization that helps to find innovative solutions to social challenges, or a business or social enterprise that demonstrates social responsibility in its community.

This year, 21 awards will be presented during an award ceremony in April 2020. Recipients will also have a chance to give back; regional award recipients are eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $5,000 grant, and the national award recipient is eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $10,000 grant.

Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:

  • one national award – Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award for individuals who have volunteered for at least 20 years;
  • five regional awards – Emerging Leader for young volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30;
  • five regional awards – Community Leader for individuals or groups of volunteers;
  • five regional awards – Business Leader to recognize businesses that demonstrate social responsibility in their practices, including promoting and facilitating volunteerism locally, regionally and nationally, as well as for-profit and not-for-profit social enterprises dedicated to creating social, cultural or environmental benefits for their communities; and
  • five regional awards – Social Innovator to recognize the contributions of not-for-profit organizations, including not-for-profit social enterprises that find and use innovative approaches that address social challenges in their communities.

Nominate an individual, a not-for-profit organization or a business today! For more information and to submit a nomination, visit Canada.ca/volunteer-awards.

 

Quotes

“I encourage our community of to nominate a volunteer who is making a difference in our region. Volunteers change our community in a positive way and we thank them for the work they do.”

– Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings–Lennox and Addington

“Volunteers are the heart of every community, and the least we can do is to let them know they make a difference. Canada’s Volunteer Awards provide the opportunity for Canadians to say thank you and recognize the hard work of volunteers. 
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

 

Quick Facts

  • More than 15,000 volunteers share their time and skills to help others every day across Canada.
  • Annually, almost 13 million Canadians aged 15 years and older give of their time, and almost twice as many (82%) give money to a charitable or not-for-profit organization.
  • This year’s call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is open from April 8 to June 21, 2019.

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Canada’s Volunteer Awards

The objective of Canada’s Volunteer Awards is to recognize volunteers 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 is open from April 8 to June 21, 2019.

 

There are a total of 21 awards, both at the regional and 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 (for young volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30);
  • Community Leader (for individual volunteers or groups of volunteers);
  • Business Leader (for businesses and for-profit and not-for-profit social enterprises dedicated to creating social, cultural or environmental benefits); and
  • Social Innovator (for not-for-profit organizations, including not-for-profit social enterprises that find and use innovative approaches that address social challenges in their communities).

There is also one national award:

  • Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award (for those who have volunteered for at least 20 years).

Recognition package for recipients:

Award recipients are invited to attend a ceremony where the Government of Canada recognizes them. In addition, regional award recipients are eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $5,000 grant, and the recipient of the Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award is eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $10,000 grant.

Recipients are selected through a three-step assessment process:

  1. Department officials screen nominations to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. 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.
  3. A National Advisory Committee comprised of 11 volunteer members from various regions across Canada assesses the top-ranked nominations and advises the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development on final decisions.