OTTAWA, Dec. 5, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, as the world celebrates volunteers globally, Canada celebrated the tremendous contributions of 21 recipients at the Canada's Volunteer Awards ceremony in Ottawa. This year's ceremony specially marked the celebration of Canada's150th anniversary of Confederation through the expansion of the Emerging Leader category to recognize five recipients, and the creation of the CVA Alumni, a group of all past recipients.
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, gave out the awards recognizing the accomplishments of deserving individuals, businesses and not-for profit organizations that volunteer their time and make a difference in their communities. The recipients have identified an eligible not-for-profit organization which will receive a grant for either $5,000 or $10,000, depending on the award category.
In 2016, Canada ranked sixth in the World Giving Index, which provides insight into the depth and exceptional contribution of Canadians who give back by building healthier and stronger communities.
Volunteers are caring and compassionate and they are an incredible source of inspiration. This is why thanking and encouraging them for their hard work and values is so important. Volunteers are the roots of Canada's increasingly diverse and inclusive communities.
"Canada is full of exceptional volunteers, who significantly and positively impact their communities on a daily basis. Today, I'm honoured to be with Canada's top volunteers to celebrate their selfless contributions through Canada's Volunteer Awards. These recipients are an example to us all, and encourage us to find ways we can make a difference."
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Canada's Volunteer Awards 2017 Recipients
Complete biographies of the Award winners can be found at Canada's Volunteer Awards Program
Timothy Nusse – Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement
New Brunswick Community College – Business Leader for Atlantic Region
Lufa Farms Inc. – Business Leader for Quebec Region
United Parcel Service Canada (UPS) – Business Leader for the Ontario Region
Britton's Your Independent Grocer – Business Leader for the Prairies Region
Green Chair Recycling Inc. – Business Leader for British Columbia and the North
Mark Allison – Emerging Leader for Atlantic Region
Valérie Toupin-Dubé – Emerging Leader for Quebec
Prakash Amarasooriya – Emerging Leader for Ontario
Poshika Dhingra – Emerging Leader for the Prairies
Akuechbeny Kuol – Emerging Leader for British Columbia and the North
Li Yuan Ma – Community Leader for Atlantic Region
Pierre Latraverse – Community Leader for Quebec Region
Marie-Claire Ivanski – Community Leader for the Ontario Region
The Laura Milner White Committee (Sheila Milner) – Community Leader for the Prairies Region
Deborah Morrow – Community Leader for British Columbia and the North
Metro Non-Profit Housing Association – Social Innovator Leader for Atlantic Region
Le Pivot – Social Innovator Leader for Quebec Region
Parkdale Food Centre – Social Innovator Leader for Ontario Region
Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society – Social Innovator for the Prairies Region
Iqaluit Music Society - Iqalunninijjausijarnimut Katujjiji – Social Innovator for British Columbia and the North
Canada's Volunteer Awards
The Government of Canada is committed to recognizing the innovative contributions volunteers make to Canada. Canada's Volunteer Awards complement other government activities that engage individuals at the community level to promote partnerships and lever resources across sectors to address persistent social problems.
The objective of Canada's Volunteer Awards is to recognize annually and bring national prominence to the enormous contributions individuals, not-for-profit organizations and businesses make to their communities through volunteer contributions. This aligns with the Government of Canada's interest in promoting innovative solutions to local social problems.
There are a total of 21 awards, at both the regional and the national levels:
There are 20 regional awards, including four for each of the five regions across Canada (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies and British Columbia and the North):
- Emerging Leader (youth 18 to 30);
- Community Leader (for individual volunteers or groups of volunteers);
- Business Leader (for businesses); and
- Social Innovator (for not-for-profit organizations).
There is also one national award:
- Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award (for those who have volunteered for at least 20 years).
Recipients are selected through a three-step assessment process:
- Department officials screen 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 Committee.
- The National Advisory Committee, comprising of volunteer members from various regions of Canada and selected by the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development assesses the top-ranked nominations and advises the Minister on final decisions.
The Government of Canada and its role in supporting volunteering:
As the lead department for volunteering, Employment and Social Development Canada supports a number of initiatives including Canada's Volunteer Awards, Statistics Canada's General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating and the New Horizons for Seniors Program which encourages seniors to engage in volunteerism. The Social Development Partnerships Program also includes projects that address volunteerism as a way of increasing the sustainability of community organizations.
Recognition package for recipients:
The award recipients are invited to attend a ceremony where they are recognized by the Government of Canada. In addition, regional award recipients are eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $5,000 grant. The national award recipient is eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $10,000 grant.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information: Émilie Gauduchon-Campbell, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P., Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, 819-654-5546; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, [email protected]