May 15, 2014 – 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.
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).
March 7, 2014, Simcoe, ON, MP Diane Finley 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.
The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards consist of 17 awards in total: 15 regional awards – 3 awards for each of 5 regions across Canada (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies, British Columbia and the North), and 2 national awards. Discover the award categories and submit a nomination today through the Prime Minister’s website: www.pm.gc.ca/PMVA
Recipients are recognized at an award ceremony and chose 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.
• The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards recognize volunteers and organizations that use innovative ideas and approaches to address social challenges. Working in partnership, businesses, individuals and organizations can develop creative ways to strengthen their communities.
“I invite all Canadians 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.”
– MP Diane Finley