Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

November 21, 2007 13:02 ET

Minister Monte Solberg Announces the 2008 Call for Nominations for the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2007) - The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced the 2008 Call for Nominations for the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award. Organizations and Canadians are encouraged to recognize individuals who have made a significant commitment to volunteering.

"The Government of Canada values the contribution that volunteers make to create a stronger Canada," said Minister Solberg. "They deserve to be recognized for giving their time to support their communities."

The latest Canada Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating indicated that almost 12 million Canadians volunteer their time to charitable and non-profit organizations. Collectively, with contributions totalling almost 2 billion hours, they work for the benefit of all, contributing an estimated $26 billion to the Canadian economy and society in replacement cost value.

"Volunteering is at the heart of Canadian values of caring and giving. Volunteers are selfless and generous in their concern for others, and untiring in their willingness to help. They make Canada a better place to live," added Minister Solberg.

The Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award recognizes the significant achievements of lifelong, exceptional volunteers. The Government of Canada encourages Canadians to nominate volunteers who have contributed significantly to the well-being of their fellow Canadians.

Therese Casgrain (1896 - 1981) was from Montreal. She was the force behind numerous 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. As the founder and President of the Quebec League of Women's Rights, she helped Quebec women gain the right to vote in 1940. Therese Casgrain was appointed to the Senate in 1970. The Government of Canada honoured Therese Casgrain and the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award by depicting the award medallion on the Canadian $50 note.

To find out more about the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award and stories on past recipients, visit http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/en/community_partnerships/therese_casgrain or call 1-866-468-4377. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2008.

This news release and backgrounder are available in alternative formats upon request. Call 1-800-788-8282 on a touch-tone phone or a teletypewriter (TTY).

BACKGROUNDER

2008 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 http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/en/community_partnerships/therese_casgrain 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, 2008.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Solberg
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations
    819-994-5559