Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 22, 2013 10:30 ET

Minister Jason Kenney Congratulates Randy Fowler for Receiving a Prime Minister's Volunteer Award

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2013) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada, and Member of Parliament for Calgary Southeast, today participated in an event held in honour of Randy Fowler, who is among the first recipients of the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards (PMVA). Minister Kenney also announced that the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured (ARBI) was selected by Mr. Fowler for a one-time grant from the Harper Government.

"I am immensely proud to congratulate Randy Fowler for receiving the Prime Minister's Volunteer Award for Lifelong Achievement. Volunteerism is an important part of what makes Canada such a great country," said Minister Kenney. "If you know of another individual, a business or a not-for-profit organization that deserves a Prime Minister's Volunteer Award, there is still time to nominate them. The current call for nominations is open until April 15, 2013."

Over 30 years ago, Mr. Fowler suffered a traumatic brain injury in a violent car crash that killed his best friend. After years of intensive rehabilitation, he recovered and has become a prolific motivational speaker on the prevention of brain injury. Over the past 25 years, he has spoken to over 30 000 students throughout Canada and the United States.

As part of their recognition package, each regional recipient identified an eligible not-for-profit organization to receive a one-time grant of $5,000. Mr. Fowler selected ARBI to receive the grant. ARBI is a community-based, non-profit organization that strives to improve the lives of individuals with severe brain injury, including stroke. The organization unites professionals, volunteers and caregivers throughout Alberta to provide personalized rehabilitation and community integration.

The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards recognize the exceptional contributions of volunteers-including individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organizations-whose outstanding leadership has strengthened the well-being of their communities. The first recipients were recognized at an award ceremony held on December 14, 2012, in Ottawa.

Award recipients were selected through a three-step process, which consists of eligibility screening, a regional review and a recommendation by a National Advisory Committee.

Almost half of all Canadians (47 percent) volunteer their time, energy and skills to benefit their communities, with the replacement value of their work estimated to be around $14 billion, or the equivalent of nearly 1.1 million full-time jobs. Volunteers are crucial to Canada's not-for-profit sector, which includes 161 000 registered charities and not-for-profit organizations. Businesses contribute to their communities in many ways as well. For example, in 2010, over half of employees who volunteered said they had received support to do so from their employer.

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Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards

The Government of Canada is committed to recognizing the enormous contribution volunteers make to Canada. The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards (PMVA) were created as a way to annually recognize those who make exceptional voluntary contributions, including individuals, not-for-profit organizations and businesses.

The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards consist of 17 awards in total.

Fifteen regional awards-three awards for each of the five regions across Canada (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies, British Columbia and the North):

  • Community Leader recognizes individual volunteers or groups of volunteers who have taken a lead role in developing solutions to local challenges.
  • Business Leader recognizes businesses that demonstrate social responsibility in their business practices.
  • Social Innovator recognizes not-for-profit organizations that demonstrate innovation in addressing social challenges.

Two national awards:

  • Emerging Leader recognizes new volunteers who help build stronger communities through leadership and have made a positive difference in their community in a short period of time. This award is for those who have volunteered for no more than three years.
  • Lifelong Achievement recognizes individuals who have dedicated their life to volunteering and have inspired other volunteers, led volunteer groups or made other exceptional achievements through volunteering. This award is for those who have volunteered for a period of at least 20 years.

The first recipients of the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards are:

Regional award recipients:

  • Community Leader-Ashid Bahl (Prairies), Alfreda Bérubé (Atlantic), Richard Busque (Quebec), Rich Goulet (British Columbia and the North) and Dr. Rick Irvin (Ontario).
  • Business Leader-Caisse populaire de Clare (Atlantic), Canadian Pacific Holiday Train (Prairies), Savoie & Savoie, Avocats (Quebec), TELUS (British Columbia and the North) and Ziebarth Electrical Contractors Ltd. (Ontario).
  • Social Innovator-Child Development Institute: SNAP (Stop Now And Plan) Model (Ontario), Exploits Valley Community Coalition (Atlantic), Go le Grand Défi Inc. (Quebec), Ilisaqsivik Society (British Columbia and the North) and the Lo-Se-Ca Foundation (Prairies).

National award recipients:

  • Lifelong Achievement-Randy Fowler (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Emerging Leader-Timea E. Nagy (Hamilton, Ontario)

Information about the first award recipients, announced on December 14, 2012, as well as the call for nominations can be found at or

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada