Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 21, 2009 12:00 ET

Minister Finley Announces the 2009 Call for Nominations for the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 21, 2009) - The Government of Canada is encouraging Canadians across the country to nominate volunteers who have made a difference in the lives of individuals and their communities.

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced the 2009 call for nominations for the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award. The call for nominations opens on April 21, 2009 and closes on June 19, 2009.

"Canada's volunteers of all ages coach and guide our children, serve the less fortunate, help protect the environment, and support the not-for-profit sector," said Minister Finley. "I encourage Canadians to nominate outstanding volunteers who have contributed significantly to the well-being of their fellow Canadians."

The Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award helps to recognize the valuable achievements of Canada's many volunteers who have demonstrated leadership, creativity, cooperation and hard work in support of their communities.

The award will be presented to two exceptional volunteers - one for Youth Participation (from the age of 18 to 30) and, one for Lifelong Commitment (from the age of 31 and over) - in December, to coincide with International Volunteer Day.

According to the 2004 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 12 million Canadians volunteer over 2 billion hours of their time annually to charities or other not-for-profit organizations.

The Government of Canada recognizes the enormous contribution that volunteers of all ages make to the lives of Canadians, their communities and the economy. They donate their time and energy to make Canada a better place to live.

For more information on the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award, please visit the Human Resources and Skills Development Web site at: http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/community_partnerships/therese_casgrain/index.shtml



BACKGROUNDER

About the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award

Therese Casgrain (1896-1981), a native of Montreal, was the force behind various social reforms promoting justice and equality. She was involved in provincial, national and international organizations, and was one of the pioneers of the women's rights movement in Canada. She was an eminent Canadian whose actions continue to serve as an example to all.

A Government of Canada initiative, the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award was originally established in 1982, and re-launched in 2001, the International Year of Volunteers. This award commemorates the work of Therese Casgrain and honours those who have demonstrated a strong commitment to volunteering.

The award is presented annually to two exceptional volunteers. It recognizes volunteers from communities across Canada. Award recipients are individuals whose social commitment and persistent efforts have contributed significantly to the well-being of their fellow citizens.

Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act may be nominated for the award, with the exception of members of the Therese F. Casgrain Foundation, elected officials while serving in office, past recipients of the award and employees of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Nominees may be sponsored by an organization or by three individuals.

The award consists of:

- a bronze medallion bearing the likeness of Therese Casgrain;

- a lapel pin and a certificate of recognition; and

- $5,000 to be awarded to a registered Canadian charity designated by the recipient.

In 2004, the Government of Canada honoured Therese Casgrain and the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award by depicting the award medallion on the Canadian $50 bank note.

To find out more about the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award, visit http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/community_partnerships/therese_casgrain/index.shtml or call 1-866-468-4377 . The deadline for nominations is June 19, 2009.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559