ST. ALBERT, ALBERTA, March 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Brent Rathgeber, Member of
Parliament for Edmonton-St. Albert, today participated in an event held
in honour of the Lo-Se-Ca Foundation, which was among the first
recipients of the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards. As part of their
recognition package, the Lo-Se-Ca Foundation will receive a one-time
grant of $5,000 from the Government of Canada.
"I am immensely proud to congratulate the Lo-Se-Ca Foundation for
receiving a Prime Minister's Volunteer Award for Social Innovator.
Volunteerism is an important part of what makes Canada such a great
country," said Mr. Rathgeber. "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."
The Lo-Se-Ca Foundation operates 23 community residences in St. Albert
and in Edmonton, where they provide residential and job support
services for people with developmental disabilities. The Foundation
helps their residents become more independent and participate in the
life of their community. The majority of funds raised to support the
Foundation come from the profits of a volunteer-run thrift store.
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
of the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards were recognized at an award
ceremony held on December 14, 2012 in Ottawa.
Award recipients were selected through a three-step process, which
consists of eligibility screening, a regional review and 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 that they had received support to do so
from their employer.
Please visit www.pm.gc.ca/awards or www.facebook.com/PrixduPMAwards for more information about the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards,
including past recipients and the current call for nominations.
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, 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
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.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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