Every year volunteers across the country dedicate their time and resources to positively impact their communities. On this year’s International Volunteer Day, we celebrate their countless contributions and honour those who paved the way before the pandemic, as well as those who stepped up during the most uncertain of times, by nominating them for a Canada’s Volunteer Award.
Today, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, the Honourable Karina Gould, launched the 2021 Call for Nominations for the 2021 Canada’s Volunteer Awards. From December 5, 2021, until March 4, 2022, individuals, non-profits, social enterprises or businesses can be nominated. In addition to national recognition, award recipients can identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a grant. Regional award recipients can identify not-for-profit organizations to receive a $5,000 grant and the national award recipient can 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 an individual who has 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 for businesses and social enterprises; and
● Five regional awards – Social Innovator for not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises.
Canada’s Volunteer Awards highlights community leadership and aims to encourage Canadians from all walks of life to make a difference in their communities through volunteering, while developing innovative solutions to tackle social challenges.