Area residents are being encouraged to nominate individuals, not-for-profits, social enterprises or businesses for Canada’s Volunteer Awards.
“Every year, volunteers across the country dedicate their time and resources to positively impacting their communities, including right here in Nipissing-Timiskaming,” says Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timikaming. “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 and to develop innovative solutions to tackle social challenges.”
Along with national recognition, regional award recipients can identify not-for-profit organizations to receive a $5,000 grant while the national award recipient can identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $10,000 grant.
“Over the past few years, as Canadians faced unprecedented challenges linked to the pandemic, we have all come to appreciate even more the incredible strength and support volunteers offer to members of their community in times of need,” says Rota. “I encourage constituents in Nipissing-Timiskaming to nominate those who provide this critical service to others in their community so we can recognize and appreciate those who work tirelessly to better our communities.”
The Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award is the lone national award and is presented to an individual who has volunteered for at least 20 years.
There are 20 regional awards, including four in Ontario:
– Emerging Leader for young volunteers between 18-30 years old
– Community Leader for individuals or groups of volunteers
– Business Leader for businesses and social enterprises
– Social Innovator for not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises.
The deadline to submit a nomination is April 26.
For more information and to submit a nomination, visit Canada.ca/volunteer-awards.