Canada Seeks Nominations for Volunteer Awards

Employment and Social Development Canada

February 16, 2023 Gatineau, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada

Every year volunteers across the country dedicate their time and resources to positively impact their communities. Canada’s Volunteer Awards highlight community leadership and aim 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.

Today, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould, launched the call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards. Individuals, not-for-profits, social enterprises or businesses can be nominated until April 26, 2023. In addition to receiving national recognition, 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;

Twenty regional awards:

  • Emerging Leader for young volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30;
  • Community Leader for individuals or groups of volunteers;
  • Business Leader for businesses and social enterprises; and
  • Social Innovator for not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises.

One nominee will be selected per category in each of the five following regions:

  • Atlantic (Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick)
  • Quebec
  • Ontario
  • Prairies (Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta)
  • British Columbia and the North (Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon)

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