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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.

In recognition of IVD, Grande Prairie Regional Association of Volunteer Organizations presents the Volunteer of the Year Awards and the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards presented by ATCO at an online or in-person ceremony. The event also includes the City of Grande Prairie’s Annual Volunteer Awards:

Bill Bowes Volunteer Organization of the Year Award – recognizes volunteer organizations or foundations in Grande Prairie that have provided outstanding contributions to the community through commendable service, voluntary contributions and exemplary community development having a direct, positive effect on residents of the City of Grande Prairie. Nomination forms can be found at https://cityofgp.com/BillBowes.

George Repka Outstanding Achievement Award – recognizes individuals who have made a major contribution in the areas of recreation, culture or social services to the community. Nomination forms can be found at https://cityofgp.com/GeorgeRepka.

International Volunteer Day
Nominations are now open for the 2022 Leaders of Tomorrow Awards!

If you know a youth who is: Dedicated to Helping the Community; Has a Fearless Approach; Strives for Inclusion; Continuously Volunteers; Has Endless Patience; Thinks Creatively; Is Eager to Take the Initiative; Is Driven by Passion; Works Well with Others and Inspires & Encourages Volunteerism nominate them for this year’s awards!

The Leaders of Tomorrow Awards is presented by ATCO and co-sponsored by International Paper.

Complete and email nomination forms to cdcoordinator@volunteergrandeprairie.com.

Nominations are due October 7th, 2022. If you have questions? Please call 780-538-2727 or email cdcoordinator@volunteergrandeprairie.com

2022 LOT Nomination Form
Nominations are now open for the 2022 Volunteer of the Year Awards!

The 2022 Volunteer of the Year Awards recognizes one Individual and one Corporation living/operating in the Grande Prairie region for outstanding contributions to the community through their support and acts of volunteerism and the significant impact their efforts have had on a not-for-profit organization(s) in the last twelve months.

Nominations may be made by not-for-profit and voluntary organizations, community groups, education institutions, levels of government or individuals in order to acknowledge a company or individual who deserves recognition for their efforts.

Award winners will be notified by the Association prior to presentation.

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. 

Individual Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form
Corporate Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form

Complete and email nomination forms to cdcoordinator@volunteergrandeprairie.com.

Nominations are due October 7th, 2022. 

If you have questions? Please call 780-538-2727 or email cdcoordinator@volunteergrandeprairie.com

The Awards will be presented at the Grande Prairie Regional Association of Volunteer Organizations and City of Grande Prairie’s 2022 Awards Ceremony celebrating International Volunteer Day on December 5th, 2022.