OTTAWA, May 15, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of
State (Social Development) today announced that Canadians now have
until June 23, 2014 to submit nominations for the Prime Minister's
Volunteer Awards to recognize businesses, volunteers, and
not-for-profit organizations that give generously of their time and
find innovative ways to help their community.
The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards consist of 17 awards in total: 15
regional awards - three awards for each of five regions across Canada
(Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and British Columbia and the
North), and two national awards. Find out the award categories and
submit a nomination today through the Prime Minister's website: www.pm.gc.ca.
On February 27, 2014, the latest award recipients were recognized at a
ceremony in Toronto, where they were presented with a medal and
certificate by the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of
Canada. Recipients had the opportunity to identify an eligible
not-for-profit organization to receive a grant for $5,000 (regional
award) or $10,000 (national award).
Businesses contribute to their communities in many ways. In 2010, over
half of employees who volunteered said that they had received support
to do so from their employer.
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.
"Canadians now have until June 23, 2014 to nominate deserving
businesses, not-for-profit organizations or volunteers for a Prime
Minister's Volunteer Award. The tireless efforts and innovative
approaches of our volunteers help produce innovative local solutions,
as well as build strong communities across the country."
- Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development)
Backgrounder: Prime Minister Volunteer Awards
Volunteerism and Social Innovation
Prime Minister Volunteer Awards
Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards
The Government of Canada is committed to recognizing the enormous
contribution volunteers make to Canada. The Prime Minister's Volunteer
Awards 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 five regions across
Canada (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and British Columbia
and the North):
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.
Recipients are selected through a three-step assessment process:
The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards Secretariat screens nominations to
ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria.
Regional Reviewers: Volunteer representatives from across the country
assess eligible nominations based on the assessment criteria and
develop a list of top-ranked nominations for the National Advisory
National Advisory Committee: Up to 15 volunteer committee members are
selected by the Minister of Employment and Social Development. Members
are from various regions of Canada. The National Advisory Committee
assesses the top-ranked nominations and advises the Minister of
Employment and Social Development.
Information about the second award recipients, celebrated on February
27, 2014, can be found at pm.gc.ca/PMVA.
Volunteerism and Social Innovation
Recently in Canada, the concept of social innovation has gained greater
According to Toronto's Centre for Social Innovation, social innovation
refers to new ideas that resolve existing social, cultural, economic and
environmental challenges for the benefit of people and planet. Social Innovation is also about applying existing ideas in new ways.
Ideas come from individuals, groups, and organizations and emerge from
all sectors, including the for-profit, non-profit and public sectors,
to ensure that communities are healthy and sustainable.
Volunteerism and the participation of Canadians is one of the essential
elements of social innovation because it represents
community-mindedness by individuals, not-for-profit organizations and
businesses. More and more, these sectors are coming together to
voluntarily innovate in their communities and as such, tackle local
Social innovation is also about partnerships. It focuses on communities
and the good things that people and organizations do together in
communities and recognizes that collective efforts will result in
innovative and lasting change. There are many examples across the
country where people and organizations are working together to develop
creative and successful ways to tackle complex social issues.
In light of this, the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards recognize not-for-profit organizations that use innovative ideas and
approaches to address social challenges. These innovations can take
many forms: implementing creative approaches to programs and services,
developing and delivering resources, and building relationships with
socially responsible businesses or other NFP organizations.
Employment and Social Development Canada is the lead federal department on volunteerism, and works towards
enabling individual Canadians and multiple sectors to maintain their
commitment and contributions to healthy communities, ensuring that the
evolution of volunteering will be sustainable and prosperous.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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