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MP encourages nominations for the PM’s Volunteer Award

Vancouver Island North MP John Duncan 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 Feb. 28 and May 9.

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.

Award recipients are recognized at an award ceremony and can chose an eligible not-for-profit organization to receive a grant for $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award).

“The Prime Minister Volunteer Awards recognize the contributions of volunteers, businesses and not-for-profit organizations that use innovative ideas and approaches to address social challenges which develop creative ways that help make communities stronger”, said MP Duncan. “There are many deserving award recipients in this region, but someone must nominate them.”

A nominator may be any person or organization with direct knowledge of the nominee’s contribution.

Businesses contribute to their communities in many ways. In a recent survey, more than 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.

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