BURNABY, BC, March 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Randy Kamp, Member of Parliament for
Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission, today participated in an event held
in honour of Joseph Richard "Rich" Goulet, who is among the first
recipients of the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards. Mr. Kamp also
announced that the St. Thomas More Collegiate Foundation was selected
by Mr. Goulet to receive a one-time grant from the Harper Government.
"I am immensely proud to congratulate Mr. Goulet for receiving a Prime
Minister's Volunteer Award for Community Leader. Volunteerism is an
important part of what makes Canada such a great country," said
Mr. Kamp. "If you know of another individual, a business or a
not-for-profit organization that deserves a Prime Minister's Volunteer
Award, there is still time to nominate them. The current call for
nominations is open until April 15, 2013."
Joseph Richard "Rich" Goulet is a high school basketball coach in
British Columbia. He coaches the team of Pitt Meadows Secondary School
as well as regional and provincial squads. Mr. Goulet has been running
programs for more than 40 years. His mentoring has left a lasting
impression, promoting volunteerism and involvement long after students
have graduated. Mr. Goulet was recently inducted into the Basketball BC
Hall of Fame. He is also well known for his fundraising efforts for
athletic, arts and cultural groups in the community.
As part of the recognition package, each regional PMVA recipient
identified an eligible not-for-profit organization to receive a
one-time grant of $5,000. Mr. Goulet identified the St. Thomas More
Collegiate Foundation to receive the grant. The Foundation provides
resources to help students at St. Thomas More Collegiate become engaged
in local and global community projects.
The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards recognize the exceptional
contributions of volunteers—including individuals, businesses and
not-for-profit organizations—whose outstanding leadership has
strengthened the well-being of their communities. The first recipients
were recognized at an award ceremony held on December 14, 2012, in
Award recipients were selected through a three-step process, which
consists of eligibility screening, a regional review and a
recommendation by a National Advisory Committee.
Almost half of all Canadians (47 percent) volunteer their time, energy
and skills to benefit their communities, with the replacement value of
their work estimated to be around $14 billion, or the equivalent of
nearly 1.1 million full-time jobs. Volunteers are crucial to Canada's
not-for-profit sector, which includes 161 000 registered charities and
not-for-profit organizations. Businesses contribute to their
communities in many ways as well. For example, in 2010, over half of
employees who volunteered said they had received support to do so from
Visit www.pm.gc.ca/awards or www.facebook.com/PrixduPMAwards for more information about the PMVA, including past recipients and the
current call for nominations.
Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards
The Government of Canada is committed to recognizing the enormous
contributions volunteers make to Canada. The Prime Minister's Volunteer
Awards (PMVA) were created as a way to annually recognize those who
make exceptional voluntary contributions, including individuals,
not-for-profit organizations and businesses.
The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards consist of 17 awards in total.
Fifteen regional awards—three awards for each of the five regions across
Canada (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies, British Columbia and
Community Leader recognizes individual volunteers or groups of volunteers who have taken
a lead role in developing solutions to local challenges.
Business Leader recognizes businesses that demonstrate social responsibility in their
Social Innovator recognizes not-for-profit organizations that demonstrate innovation in
addressing social challenges.
Two national awards:
Emerging Leader recognizes new volunteers who help build stronger communities through
leadership and have made a positive difference in their community in a
short period of time. This award is for those who have volunteered for
no more than three years.
Lifelong Achievement recognizes individuals who have dedicated their life to volunteering
and have inspired other volunteers, led volunteer groups or made other
exceptional achievements through volunteering. This award is for those
who have volunteered for a period of at least 20 years.
The first recipients of the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards are:
Regional award recipients:
Community Leader—Ashid Bahl (Prairies), Alfreda Bérubé (Atlantic), Richard Busque
(Quebec), Rich Goulet (British Columbia and the North) and
Dr. Rick Irvin (Ontario).
Business Leader—Caisse populaire de Clare (Atlantic), Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
(Prairies), Savoie & Savoie, Avocats (Quebec), TELUS (British Columbia
and the North) and Ziebarth Electrical Contractors Ltd. (Ontario).
Social Innovator—Child Development Institute: SNAP (Stop Now And Plan) Model (Ontario),
Exploits Valley Community Coalition (Atlantic), Go le Grand Défi Inc.
(Quebec), Ilisaqsivik Society (British Columbia and the North) and the
Lo-Se-Ca Foundation (Prairies).
National award recipients:
Lifelong Achievement—Randy Fowler (Calgary, Alberta)
Emerging Leader—Timea E. Nagy (Hamilton, Ontario)
Information about the first award recipients, announced on
December 14, 2012, as well as the call for nominations can be found at www.pm.gc.ca/awards or www.facebook.com/PrixduPMAwards.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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