Recognize volunteers who make a difference

MP's report Cathy McLeod

Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops – Thompson – Cariboo would like to remind everyone to nominate someone they feel is deserving of the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award.

“As I watched first-hand the many dedicated volunteers work so tirelessly over the past two weeks at the Western Canada Summer Games, I’m reminded that volunteers are the key to the success of our communities. Their everyday contributions help make Canada stronger by making a difference and inspiring hope,” said McLeod.

“I’ve seen individuals, local businesses and not-for-profit organizations volunteer their time, energy and skills to improve the well-being of families and communities throughout our riding. Volunteers make an enormous impact. Yet, all too often, their contributions do not receive the recognition they deserve.”

The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards is a new program that has been created to celebrate these contributions. These awards highlight best practices in community leadership and encourage partnerships across sectors.

A total of 17 awards will be given: 15 regional and 2 national awards. Recipients will be eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a grant for $5,000  (regional awards) or $10,000 (national awards).

The first call for nominations opened on July 12 and the last day to submit an application is September 9, 2011. Award recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony to be held in early 2012.

“I know there are numerous individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organizations in our riding that deserve to be nominated for this award.  If you know anyone who is making a difference in your community, please recognize their contributions and show your appreciation by submitting a nomination,” concluded McLeod.

To learn more about the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards, please visit www.pm.gc.ca/awards or call 1-877-825-0434.