Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

December 05, 2007 11:11 ET

Minister Monte Solberg encourages nominations for the 2008 Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 5, 2007) - The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today marked International Volunteer Day by encouraging Canadians to nominate lifelong exceptional volunteers for the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award.

International Volunteer Day was set by the United Nations as a day to recognize the contributions of volunteers around the world and to inspire others to volunteer.

The Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award is one way the Government of Canada acknowledges the valuable efforts of Canadian volunteers. The award was originally established in 1982, and re-launched in 2001, International Year of Volunteers. The Government of Canada has also honoured Therese Casgrain and the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award by depicting the award medallion on the Canadian $50 note.

"Each year, two outstanding volunteers receive the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award," said Minister Solberg. "These Canadian volunteers are helping to create a stronger Canada by fully participating in community life."

The 2004 Canada Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating indicates that 12 million Canadians, or 45 percent of the population, volunteer their time to charitable and non-profit organizations. With contributions totalling almost 2 billion hours, they work for the benefit of all, providing an equivalent value in unpaid work of an estimated $26 billion to the Canadian economy and society.

"Canadians helping Canadians in their communities is at the heart of what makes Canada a caring society," said Minister Solberg.

Therese Casgrain (1896 - 1981) was the force behind important 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. She was appointed to the Senate in 1970.

To find out more about the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award and past award recipients, 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.

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

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