Ottawa, Ontario, December 20, 2012—Canadians across the country have an opportunity to show appreciation for extraordinary volunteers in their communities. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced a new call for nominations for the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards.
"Our government is proud of all the Canadians whose voluntary work enriches our communities and exemplifies all that makes Canada such a great country," said Minister Finley. "The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards are a celebration of their leadership, dedication, innovation and expertise."
The call for nominations is open between December 20, 2012, and March 1, 2013. The regional component recognizes individual volunteers or groups of volunteers, businesses and not-for-profit organizations. The national component is divided into two categories: one for lifelong achievement and one for new volunteers.
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).
The first recipients of the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards were recognized at an award ceremony held on December 14, 2012, in Ottawa.