Ottawa, ON - Larry Maguire, MP for Brandon-Souris is reminding community members that the call for nominations for the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards was recently announced by the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada. The call for nominations is open between February 28 and May 9, 2014.
Recipients are recognized at an award ceremony and choose an eligible not-for-profit organization to receive a grant for $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award).
"I invite all Brandon-Souris residents to nominate deserving businesses, not-for-profit organizations or volunteers for a Prime Minister's Volunteer Award. Each year these awards recognize outstanding volunteers from coast to coast to coast," said MP Maguire.
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 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 business practices.
- 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 Committee.
- National Advisory Committee: Up to 15 volunteer committee members are selected by the Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Members are from various regions of Canada. The National Advisory Committee assesses the top-ranked nominations and recommends the award winners to the Minister of ESDC for final decision.
Discover the award categories and submit a nomination today through the Prime Minister's website: www.pm.gc.ca/PMVA.