Preston Reminds Canadians that deadline is approaching for Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards Nominations

April 05, 2013

MP Joe Preston is reminding community members that the call for nominations for the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards is closing on April 15, 2013, as recently announced by the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

“Our government is proud of all the Canadians whose volunteer work enriches our communities and exemplifies all that makes Canada such a great country,” said Minister Finley. “If you know of a business, a not-for-profit organization or an individual who deserves a Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award, there is still time to nominate them.”

Almost half of all Canadians volunteer their time, energy and skills to benefit their communities. They spend an average of 156 hours a year volunteering, with the highest average being in Nova Scotia, at 207 hours. Businesses contribute to their communities in many ways as well. For example, in 2010, over half of employees who volunteered said that they had their employer’s support to do so.
“Volunteerism is an important part of what makes Canada such a great country,” said [MP name]. “There are many deserving award recipients in this region, but someone must nominate them.”
The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards were created to recognize outstanding voluntary contributions. The regional component includes categories for businesses, not-for-profit organizations and individual volunteers or groups of volunteers. The national component is divided into two categories: one for lifelong achievement and one for new volunteers.
A nominator may be any person or organization with direct knowledge of the nominee’s contribution.

Award recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony, and can identify an eligible not-for-profit organization to receive a grant for $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award).

To learn more about the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards, submit a nomination, watch a video of highlights from the ceremony and view a list of the inaugural winners, please visit www.pm.gc.ca/awards or www.facebook.com/PrixduPMAwardsor call 1-877-825-0434.

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