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Ottawa seeks nominations for volunteer awards

July 21, 2011, Ottawa – Ottawa is celebrating local businesses, not-for-profit organizations and thousands of individuals who volunteer their time, energy and skills to improve the well being of families and communities across the country with the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards.

July 21, 2011
By Ministry of Human Resources and Skills Development

July 21, 2011, Ottawa – Communities rely on strong support from a number of sources, including volunteers, businesses and not-for-profit organizations. That support could include activities like raising funds for community projects, giving employees time to volunteer or creating a new after-school program for at-risk youth, to list only a few examples.

The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards is a new program that has been created to celebrate these Canadians who make a difference. A total of 17 awards will be given at both the regional and national level. Recipients will be eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a grant for $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award).

Those chosen for the awards must be nominated. The first call for nominations opened on July 12 and will close on September 9, 2011. Award recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony to be held in early 2012.

To learn more about the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards, please visit www.pm.gc.ca/awards or call 1-877-825-0434.

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