Federal program awards volunteers

Every day, local businesses, not-for-profit organizations and thousands of individuals volunteer their time, energy and skills to improve the well-being of families and communities across the country.

Every day, local businesses, not-for-profit organizations and thousands of individuals volunteer their time, energy and skills to improve the well-being of families and communities across the country.

They help make Canada stronger by creating change and inspiring hope.

The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards is a new program that celebrates these Canadians who make a difference.

Seventeen awards will be given at both the regional and national level. Recipients will be eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a grant for $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award).

Those chosen for the awards must be nominated. The first call for nominations closes on Sept. 9. Award recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony to be held in early 2012.

Anyone who knows an individual or group, a business or not-for-profit organization making a difference in their community can submit a nomination.

To learn more about the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards, please visit www.pm.gc.ca/awards or call 1-877-825-0434.