International Volunteer Day is December 5th! In recognition of this special day, the Grande Prairie Regional Association of Volunteer Organizations (the Association), our sponsors and the City of Grande Prairie will be filming our Annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony and posting the presentation online for all to watch in the days following the 5th.

2021 Volunteer of the Year AwardsAt this year's ceremony the Association will present the Volunteer of the Year Awards. The Awards recognizes the 2021 Individual Volunteer of the Year and Corporate Volunteer of the Year living/operating in the Grande Prairie region for outstanding contributions to the community through their support and acts of volunteerism over a twelve-month period (November 2020 through October 2021). Nominations are made by; not-for-profit/voluntary organizations, community groups, education institutions, levels of government or individuals.

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. Click here for more information on our Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Leaders of Tomorrow Awards presented by ATCOThe Association will also award the 2021 Leaders of Tomorrow Awards (LOT Awards) presented by ATCO. The LOT Awards recognize individual youths, living in Grande Prairie and surrounding area, who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through volunteerism. Individuals, community groups, educational institutions, and voluntary organizations are all encouraged to nominate an outstanding youth volunteer. This year the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards will recognize individuals in 4 categories; LEADERSHIP, VOLUNTEERING, ADVOCACY & PERSEVERANCE. 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. Click here for more information about the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards.

The City of Grande Prairie is will award:

 George Repka Outstanding Achievement Award The George Repka Outstanding Achievement Award recognizing an individual who has made a major contribution in the areas of recreation, culture, or social services to the community. For more on this award visit https://cityofgp.com/GeorgeRepka.
 Bill Bowes Volunteer Organization of the Year Award The Bill Bowes Volunteer Organization of the Year Award, recognizes a volunteer organization or foundation 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. For more on this award visit https://cityofgp.com/BillBowes.

The Awards will be presented on December 6th, 2021. A video of the presentation will be posted on our social media accounts later that week.

Leaders of Tomorrow Awards presenting sponsor:

ATCO Group
ATCO Group

Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Contributing Sponsor: 
International Paper
International Paper

Volunteer of the Year Awards sponsors:

Prairie Mall
Prairie Mall

Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award Sponsor

Servus Credit Union
Servus Credit Union

Individual Volunteer of the Year Award Sponsor

Event Location sponsor: 

RRC

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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