Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

December 05, 2006 11:56 ET

Minister Finley Encourages Nominations for the 2007 Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 5, 2006) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today marked International Volunteer Day by praising the contributions of Canadian volunteers.

According to the June 2006 Canada Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 12 million Canadians or 45 per cent of the population volunteers their time to charitable and non-profit organizations. Over a year, volunteer contributions totalled almost two billion hours or the equivalent of 1 million full-time jobs.

"Canada's new government has recognized the contribution of volunteers in a number of ways. For example, in Budget 2006, we supported volunteers and public charities by exempting donations of publicly listed securities from capital gains tax," said Minister Finley. "The dedication and perseverance of volunteers help us to build stronger and healthier communities. To celebrate International Volunteer Day, I encourage Canadians to nominate an outstanding volunteer for the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award."

The award is presented annually to two Canadians, one man and one woman. It highlights the importance of volunteerism in Canadian society and honours the memory of Therese Casgrain. Therese Casgrain was appointed to the Senate in 1970 and became a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1974. Throughout her life she chose to defend the cause of disadvantaged members of society, to denounce social injustice and to lend a voice to those who had none.

December 5th is International Volunteer Day. This date is officially set by the United Nations as a day to recognize the contributions of volunteers around the world and to encourage others to volunteer.

To find out more about the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award and to download a nomination form, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca , enter search terms "volunteer award" or call 1-866-468-4377. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2007.

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Backgrounder

2007 Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award

About the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award

Therese Casgrain, 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.

The Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award is presented annually to two Canadians, one man and one woman. It recognizes the voluntary contributions of individuals from communities across Canada whose pioneering spirit, social commitment and persistent endeavours have contributed significantly to the advancement of a social cause and the well-being of their fellow citizens.

Any Canadian citizen can 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 Social Development Canada. Nominees may be sponsored by an organization or 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 Canadian voluntary organization designated by the recipient.

To find out more about the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca and enter search terms "volunteer award," or call 1-866-468-4377 or 1-800-788-8282 on a touch-tone phone or a teletypewriter (TTY). The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2007.

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