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We recognized that the Grande Prairie region has a highly transient population and that a person can make a significant difference in a short period of time, so the Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau 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. 

We are now accepting nominees for the 2017 Volunteer of the Year And the Corporate Volunteer of the Year.

Volunteer of the Year (Individual) Nomination Package             

Corporate Volunteer of the Year Nomination Package

The 2017 deadline for nominations is November 6, 2017.

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 Package

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 packages 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 package, 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. Be sure to include at least two letters of support for your nominee.  Also, having letters from multiple organizations assists the committee members to understand the total scope of the nominee’s commitment to the volunteer sector.

Be sure to address all the criteria listed. The more complete and all-encompassing your nomination package is the more information the committee will have to base their decision on.

Criteria

The nominees will be judged on the following criteria:

Individual
  • Organizational impact of volunteer efforts over the last 11 months (December 2016 to October 2017): 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 demontration 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 (December 2016 to October 2017): 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.
The awards will be presented at the Annual International Volunteer Day Celebration Breakfast on December 5, 2017 at the Golden Age Centre.

For complete guidelines, criteria and nomination forms please download or print the appropriate PDF document:

Volunteer of the Year (Individual) Nomination Package

Corporate Volunteer of the Year Nomination Package

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