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International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development (December 5), more commonly referred to as International Volunteer Day (IVD), is an international observance mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1985.

International Volunteer Day is celebrated by many non-governmental organizations, civil society, and the private sector, among others. It is also marked and supported by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program.

IVD is a chance for individual volunteers, communities and organizations to promote their contributions to development at the local, national and international levels. By combining United Nations support with a grassroots mandate, the day is a unique opportunity for people and volunteer-involving organizations to work with government agencies, non-profit institutions, community groups, academia and the private sector.

IVD is marked around the world every year in over 80 countries annually. For more information on International Volunteer Day visit https://www.unv.org/international-volunteer-day.

International Volunteer Day
International Volunteer Day Celebration Breakfast featuring the 2022 Volunteer Awards

In recognition of IVD, the Grande Prairie Regional Association of Volunteer Organizations (VolunteerGP) in partnership with the City of Grande Prairie invites community members, volunteers and all who support volunteerism to attend the International Volunteer Day Celebration Breakfast featuring the 2022 Volunteer Awards!

Date: Monday, December 5th, 2022

Time: Doors open at 7:00 am, Event Starts at 7:30 am

Location: The Golden Age Centre -10222 101 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB

The Breakfast returns after a three-year hiatus to celebrate International Volunteer Day (IVD) and to show appreciation to the vital impact volunteers make to our community and around the world. The breakfast is prepared and provided by the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie Barbeque Crew, Coffee is donated by Tim Hortons and Juice is donated by Safeway. The Breakfast will have awesome door prizes given away during the event donated by Costco, D.A.H.T. Merchandise Ltd, Fairy Floss GP, Grande Prairie Regional Sport Connection, and Vintage Wine & Spirits. There is no cost to attend this event due to the generous support of our sponsors.

The 2022 Volunteer Awards Ceremony presents:

The 2022 Volunteer of the Year Awards – recognize an individual and organization for their commitment to volunteerism for the past 12 months. “The purpose of these awards is to recognize outstanding contributions by an individual or company during the last twelve months. Grande Prairie is a unique community and a lot of our residents are on the go and their volunteer efforts are often intense and short duration but have a significant impact on an organization – these are the volunteers we seek to recognize.” says Carol-Anne Pasemko, Executive Director of the Association. The Individual Volunteer of the Year Award is sponsored by Servus Credit Union and the Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award is sponsored by the Prairie Mall.

The Leaders of Tomorrow Awards presented by ATCO – honour outstanding young Leaders in Grande Prairie and the surrounding area. These awards are presented to youth in two age categories, Junior (13-15 years) and Senior (16-18 years). These youth exhibit dedication and excellence in their fields of volunteer work (e.g. school, community, social activism, athletics or arts) and inspire the spirit of volunteerism in others. International Paper is a contributing sponsor of there Awards.

The Bill Bowes Volunteer Organization of the Year Award – created in 2010 to recognize volunteer organizations or foundations in Grande Prairie that have provided outstanding contributions to the community through meritorious service, voluntary contributions and exemplary community development having a direct, positive effect on residents of the City of Grande Prairie.

The George Repka Outstanding Achievement Award – created to re cognizes individuals who have made a major contribution in the areas of recreation, culture, or social services to the community.

The Bill Bowes Volunteer Organization of the Year Award and George Repka Outstanding Achievement Award are presented by the City of Grande Prairie.

VolunteerGP would like to thank ATCO, International Paper, Rotary Club of GP BBQ Crew, Prairie Mall, Servus Credit Union, Tim Hortons, Safeway, Costco and all who donated door prizes for supporting this event.

Leaders of Tomorrow Awards sponsored by:
Volunteer of the Year Awards sponsored by:
Breakfast prepared and provided by:
Rotary Club of Grande Prairie BBQ Crew
Coffee and Juice donated by: