International Volunteer Day 2020

The United Nations General Assembly created International Volunteer Day (IVD) in 1985 as an annual celebration of voluntary action for volunteers, volunteer organizations and governments. The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the designated international focal point for IVD, and supports and encourages its worldwide celebration on December 5th each year. The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau (GPVSB) is partnering with the City of Grande Prairie to celebrate International Volunteer Day virtually on December 8th! During the celebration we will be recognizing amazing individuals and organizations with our collective annual volunteer awards. 

The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau (GPVSB) will be presenting the following Awards:

The GPVSB Volunteer of the Year Awards, which recognizes one individual and one company/corporation in the Grande Prairie region for outstanding contributions to the community through their support & acts of volunteerism in the non-profit sector and/or community within the last twelve months. The 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, recognize individual youths, living in Grande Prairie and surrounding area, who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through volunteerism.This year the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards will recognize individuals in two age groups 13-15 and 16-18 in 4 categories; LEADERSHIP, VOLUNTEERING, ADVOCACY & PRESVEREANCE. The perfect nominees are: Dedicated to Helping the Community; Have A Fearless Approach; Strive for Inclusion; Continuously Volunteer; Have Endless Patience; Think Creatively; Are Eager to Take the Initiative; Are Driven by Passion; Work Well with Others; and Inspire & Encourage Volunteerism. 

The City of Grande Prairie will be presenting the following Awards:

The George Repka Outstanding Achievement Award, which recognizes 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, that recognizes 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.

Thanks to this year's sponsors:

Volunteer of the Year Awards Sponsors:

Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award
prairie mall
Volunteer of the Year Award 
servus credit union


Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor
ATCO
Contributing Sponsor 
international paper

 

Award Sponsors
county of grande prairie fcss town of sexsmith fcss
Wembley FCSS Town of Beaverlodge FCSS

Event Sponsors:

Event Sponsor
Richmond Reception Centre
Contributing Event Sponsors
Lions Clubswan city rotary

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2019 International Volunteer Day Celebration Breakfast

International Volunteer Day Celebration BreakfastBreakfastDecember 5th, 2019 is marked as International Volunteer Day by the United Nations, in recognition of this day the Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau (GPVSB) hosted the Annual International Volunteer Day Celebration Breakfast! The free breakfast, held at the Richmond Reception Centre, shows appreciation to volunteers in our community and around the world. During the annual breakfast the GPVSB presented the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Awards. The awards inculde; the Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by the Prairie Mall) that honours an extraordinary resident of the Grande Prairie region whose volunteer contributions in the most recent twelve month period made a considerable impact within the community; the Corporate Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Servus Credit Union) that recognizes a company or business that, through its staff and policies support volunteerism and made an impact on a not-for-profit organization in the last twelve months; and the Outstanding Volunteers of the Community that pays tribute to individuals, groups and businesses who have improved quality of life in the community through volunteer work. CLICK HERE FOR THIS YEAR'S AWARD WINNERS.

Read more: 2019 International Volunteer Day Celebration Breakfast

About International Volunteer Day (IVD)

The United Nations General Assembly created International Volunteer Day (IVD) in 1985 as an annual celebration of voluntary action for volunteers, volunteer organizations and governments. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

Apart from mobilizing thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program contributes to peace and development by advocating for the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming.

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