Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards: MP Erin O’Toole Encourages Nominations
March 10, 2014 – Bowmanville – Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham, is reminding community members that the call for nominations for the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards was recently announced by the Right Honourable Steven 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’m always impressed by the vibrant community spirit in Durham. This spirit exists because of the many dedicated volunteers, committed organizations and local businesses who actively give back to our community. I would encourage residents of Durham to nominate deserving businesses, not-for-profit organizations or outstanding volunteers for the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award.”
– Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham
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