Did you hear about last year’s recipients of Canada’s Volunteer Awards? Roberta Farr has been providing school supplies to kids since 1993! Shadia Rahman saw a need to help new immigrants. Emma Moore raised awareness on PEI about the GoHere Washroom Access Program. Kal Dosanjh created his own sports foundation to provide a positive outlet for kids. Wow! These are just a few examples of the volunteers recognized for their service in 2019.

Do you know a volunteer with an inspiring story? Canada’s Volunteer Awards is still accepting nominations across Canada until September 30, 2020. For individual volunteers, there are three categories of awards: Emerging Leader for youth between the ages of 18 and 30; Community Leader for individual volunteers of all ages, and Lifelong Achievement for volunteers with twenty or more years serving their community.

To recognize the spirit of volunteering in organizations, the Social Innovator category is for not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises, while the Business Leader category celebrates social responsibility demonstrated by businesses and social enterprises.

Canada’s Volunteer Awards is a comprehensive volunteer recognition program. The recognition package for award recipients includes a $5,000 or $10,000 grant to be awarded to the not-for-profit organization of the recipient’s choosing. Recipients are also invited to participate in a facilitated discussion with their fellow recipients regarding their experiences and best practices. This is typically an in-person event with fantastic opportunities for making connections with like-minded people and organizations.

We all play a role in recognizing volunteers. There’s still time to nominate. You can find out more about Canada’s Volunteer Awards at this website.