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SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
OTTAWA, May 15, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development) today announced that Canadians now have until June 23, 2014 to submit nominations for the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards to recognize businesses, volunteers, and not-for-profit organizations that give generously of their time and find innovative ways to help their community.
The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards consist of 17 awards in total: 15 regional awards - three awards for each of five regions across Canada (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and British Columbia and the North), and two national awards. Find out the award categories and submit a nomination today through the Prime Minister's website: www.pm.gc.ca.
On February 27, 2014, the latest award recipients were recognized at a ceremony in Toronto, where they were presented with a medal and certificate by the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada. Recipients had the opportunity to identify an eligible not-for-profit organization to receive a grant for $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award).
"Canadians now have until June 23, 2014 to nominate deserving
businesses, not-for-profit organizations or volunteers for a Prime
Minister's Volunteer Award. The tireless efforts and innovative
approaches of our volunteers help produce innovative local solutions,
as well as build strong communities across the country."
- Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development)
Backgrounder: Prime Minister Volunteer Awards
Volunteerism and Social Innovation
Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards
The Government of Canada is committed to recognizing the enormous contribution volunteers make to Canada. The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards were created as a way to annually recognize those who make exceptional voluntary contributions, including individuals, not-for-profit organizations and businesses.
The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards consist of 17 awards in total.
Fifteen regional awards - three awards for each of five regions across Canada (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and British Columbia and the North):
Two national awards:
Recipients are selected through a three-step assessment process:
Information about the second award recipients, celebrated on February 27, 2014, can be found at pm.gc.ca/PMVA.
Volunteerism and Social Innovation
Recently in Canada, the concept of social innovation has gained greater attention.
According to Toronto's Centre for Social Innovation, social innovation refers to new ideas that resolve existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges for the benefit of people and planet. Social Innovation is also about applying existing ideas in new ways. Ideas come from individuals, groups, and organizations and emerge from all sectors, including the for-profit, non-profit and public sectors, to ensure that communities are healthy and sustainable.
Volunteerism and the participation of Canadians is one of the essential elements of social innovation because it represents community-mindedness by individuals, not-for-profit organizations and businesses. More and more, these sectors are coming together to voluntarily innovate in their communities and as such, tackle local challenges.
Social innovation is also about partnerships. It focuses on communities and the good things that people and organizations do together in communities and recognizes that collective efforts will result in innovative and lasting change. There are many examples across the country where people and organizations are working together to develop creative and successful ways to tackle complex social issues.
In light of this, the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards recognize not-for-profit organizations that use innovative ideas and approaches to address social challenges. These innovations can take many forms: implementing creative approaches to programs and services, developing and delivering resources, and building relationships with socially responsible businesses or other NFP organizations.
Employment and Social Development Canada is the lead federal department on volunteerism, and works towards enabling individual Canadians and multiple sectors to maintain their commitment and contributions to healthy communities, ensuring that the evolution of volunteering will be sustainable and prosperous.
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