Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 20, 2013 16:00 ET

MP Greg Kerr Congratulates Caisse populaire de Clare for Receiving a Prime Minister's Volunteer Award

CLARE, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2013) - Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, today participated in an event held in honour of Caisse populaire de Clare, which was among the first recipients of the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards. Mr. Kerr also announced that the Canadian Cancer Society has been selected by Caisse Populaire de Clare for a one-time grant from the Harper Government.

"I am immensely proud to congratulate Caisse populaire de Clare for receiving a Prime Minister's Volunteer Award for Business Leader. Volunteerism is an important part of what makes Canada such a great country," said Mr. Kerr. "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."

Caisse Populaire de Clare, which serves the Municipality of Clare, has profoundly enhanced the region's well-being. Since 2005, it has been a core supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society's local Relay For Life, having collected all their donations through generous pledges, sponsorships and gifts.

Caisse Populaire de Clare's community outreach extends to other activities, such as supporting community initiatives through various loans, helping with renovation projects at local parks, and sponsoring a transportation service for people with disabilities.

As part of their recognition package, each regional PMVA award recipient identified an eligible not-for-profit organization to receive a one-time grant of $5,000. Caisse Populaire de Clare selected the Canadian Cancer Society to receive the grant. The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers, whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.

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 of the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards 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 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 that they had received support to do so from their employer.

Please visit www.pm.gc.ca/awards or www.facebook.com/PrixduPMAwards for more information about the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards, including past award recipients and the current call for nominations.

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BACKGROUNDER

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 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 (PMVA) consist of 17 awards in total.

Fifteen regional awards - three awards for each of 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 inaugural 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 www.pm.gc.ca/awards.

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559