Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards

August 01, 2021
Ottawa Journal (August 01 – August 05, 2021)
David Tilson, M.P.

You have seen them lead fundraising events or spearhead new initiatives to tackle local challenges. Often they work behind the scenes. They are the key to the success of our communities and every day their contributions help make Canada stronger by making a difference and inspiring hope.

They are the individuals, local businesses and not-for-profit organizations that volunteer their time, energy and skills to improve the well-being of families and communities across Canada.
Volunteers make an enormous impact. Yet, all too often, their contributions do not receive the recognition that they deserve.
The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards (PMVA) 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).

Regional awards include three categories: 

  • Community Leader Award
  • Business Leader Award
  • Social Innovator Award

There will be two national awards:

  • Emerging Leader Award
  • Lifelong Achievement Award

The first call for nominations is open from July 12 to September 9, 2011. Award recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony to be held in early 2012.
I know that there are numerous individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organizations across Canada that deserve to be nominated for this award.
Do you know some that are making a difference in your community? Recognize their contributions and show your appreciation by submitting a nomination. Nominees can be individuals or groups, businesses or not-for-profit organizations.
To learn more about the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards, I encourage you to visit or call 1-877-825-0434.