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2019 Volunteer of the Year Awards

2019VOYLogoWe are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Volunteer of the Year & the Corporate Volunteer of the Year.

The 2019 Volunteer of the Year Awards, presented by the Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau (GPVSB) recognizes one individual (Volunteer of the Year) and one company/business (Corporate Volunteer of the Year) living/operating in the Grande Prairie region for outstanding contributions to the community through their support and acts of volunteerism. 

The award recognizes their commitment over the last twelve month period (November 2018 through October 2019) and the significant impact their efforts have had on a not-for-profit organization(s) in the Grande Prairie region.

Nominations may be made by not-for-profit and voluntary organizations, community groups, education institutions, levels of government or individuals in order to acknowledge a company who deserves recognition for their efforts.

 The Awards will be  presented at the International Volunteer Day Celebration Breakfast on December 5th, 2019. Award winners will be notified by GPVSB prior to presentation.

Click Here for the Corporate Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form

Nomination Deadline is November 4, 2019.

About the Awards

The GPVSB launched the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009. The award honours an extraordinary resident of the Grande Prairie region whose volunteer contributions in the most recent twelve month period made a considerable impact within the community.

In 2013 we added the Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award to recognize a company or business that, through its staff and policies supporting volunteerism, made an impact on a not-for-profit organization in the last twelve months. 

Along with the Volunteer of the Year Awards the GPVSB presents the Outstanding Members of the Community Awards that pays tribute to individuals, groups and businesses who have improved quality of life in the community through volunteer work.

Eligibility

Any individual or corporate entity whose volunteer efforts have played a significant role during the last twelve month period (December to November) and is currently volunteering in the Grande Prairie area is eligible.

What makes a good Nomination:

Award recipients are chosen by a selection committee made up of representatives from sponsors, local non-profit organizations and the Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau.

When reviewing the nomination forms for Corporate Volunteers, we look for a high level of community involvement, the total amount of volunteering man-hours and overall percentage of employees involved in volunteering, the scope of the company’s commitment to volunteerism and the impact their contributions have had on the organization(s) they have supported the past twelve months.  We also look at whether they have a corporate policy on community involvement and volunteerism.  For Individual Volunteers, we look for a high level of involvement, the total amount of volunteering hours, creativity of volunteerism, the scope of the individual's commitment to volunteerism and the impact their contributions have had on the organizations the volunteered for in the past twelve months.

When completing a nomination form, we suggest that you consult with your nominee to find out what other organizations and programs they are supporting/involved with so that you are submitting a complete perspective of their community involvement. You may wish to include letters of support for your nominee from other agencies they are involved with.  Having letters from multiple organizations assists the committee members to understand the total scope of the nominee’s commitment to the volunteer sector.

When answering the nomination form questions keep the following criteria in mind:

Individual
  • Organizational impact of volunteer efforts over the last 11 months (November 2018 – October 2019): This could be a single project - describe the project, its importance to the organization and why their contribution was key to its success; and/or a continuation of long term dedication to an organization (i.e. generally indicated by more than 100 hours of volunteer in the time frame for an individual); and/or involvement with programs and events; and/or outstanding demonstration of their ongoing commitment to the organization by demonstrating initiative and leadership.
  • Overall community benefit: Demonstrates ongoing commitment to volunteerism, the organization(s) and the broader community.
Corporate
  • Organizational impact of volunteer efforts over the last 11 months (November 2018 – October 2019): This could be a single project – describe the project, its importance to the organization(s) and why their contribution was key to its success; and/or a continuation of long term dedication to the organization(s) generally by a significant number of man-hours by their employees volunteering in the time period; and/or involvement with programs and events; and/or outstanding demonstration of their ongoing commitment to the organization by demonstrating initiative and leadership.  Fundraising and cash donations are not to be considered as a criteria for nomination, but may be noted.
  • Overall community benefit: Demonstrates ongoing commitment to volunteerism, supporting organization(s) and broader community.  They may also have a formal policy in place to support community involvement. 
 
The award recipients will be notified by telephone of the Selection Committee's decision by (to be determined). All decisions are final.
 

Click Here for the Corporate Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form

Nomination Deadline is November 4, 2019.

2018 Volunteer & Corporate Volunteer of the Year Awards

Winners

2018 Volunteer & Corporate Volunteer of the Years Awards

On December 5th 2018, residents of Grande Prairie and Area attended the International Volunteer Day Celebration Breakfast to show appreciation to the volunteers in our community and around the world. The Grande Prairie Volunteer Service Bureau and sponsors presented the Volunteer of the Year Award, the Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award and the Outstanding Member of the Community Awards.

 

Read more: 2018 Volunteer & Corporate Volunteer of the Year Awards

2017 Volunteer & Corporate Volunteer of the Year Awards

2017 Award WinnersOn December 5th 2017, residents of Grande Prairie and Area attended the International Volunteer Day Celebration Breakfast to show appreciation to the volunteers in our community and around the world. The Grande Prairie Volunteer Service Bureau and sponsors presented the Volunteer of the Year Award, the Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award and the Outstanding Member of the Community Awards.

Read more: 2017 Volunteer & Corporate Volunteer of the Year Awards

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