The Government of Canada announces recipients of Canada’s Volunteer Awards

News Release: August 6, 2020   |   Gatineau, Quebec   |   Employment and Social Development Canada

Canadians across the land step up to volunteer every day to help make the country a better place. These individuals and organizations are committed to their communities and make positive impacts on their neighbours’ lives. This is why the Government of Canada is proud to recognize the contributions of individuals, not-for-profit organizations, social enterprises and businesses from coast to coast to coast.

Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced the recipients of Canada’s Volunteer Awards. Comprising 20 regional awards and one national award, Canada’s Volunteer Awards is an opportunity to recognize these community leaders and their commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. The Awards celebrate individuals and organizations who continue to demonstrate leadership and nourish their communities as they work to bring our multi-faceted Canada together through volunteering.

“I’m honoured to announce this year’s Canada’s Volunteer Award recipients and to extend a well-earned congratulations. Volunteers are a vital part of our communities and play a key role in maintaining the social fabric of our society. Congratulations again to this year’s recipients and huge thank you to all volunteers across Canada.”
– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Selected from hundreds of nominations, this year’s recipients include those who have dedicated themselves to helping children in need by providing them with school supplies, extracurricular activities and sports leagues. Nominees have also have fought to prevent social isolation among seniors; have helped new immigrants; have promoted multiculturalism and diversity; and have helped those dealing with chronic illnesses feel less isolated. This is only a fraction of what volunteers across Canada are doing every day.

The Awards have multiple categories. The national award is the Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award, presented to one individual who has demonstrated a dedication to volunteering for at least 20 years and has inspired other volunteers, led volunteer groups or made other exceptional achievements through volunteering. There are 20 regional awards, presented to five regional recipients in each of the following four categories: Emerging Leader, Business Leader, Community Leader and Social Innovator.

In addition to receiving the awards, recipients are also asked to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a grant. Regional award recipients can recommend organizations to receive a $5,000 grant and the national award recipient can identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $10,000 grant. For the first time, the names of the organizations will be disclosed.

We are pleased to share this year’s Canada’s Volunteer Awards recipients below:

National award

Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement: Roberta (Bobby) Farr

Regional Awards

Emerging Leader: Emma Moore – Atlantic, Adamo Donovan – Quebec, Katie Heggtveit – Ontario, Mehul Gupta – Prairies, Vivian Tsang – British Columbia and the North

Business Leader: Comeau’s Sea Foods – Atlantic, Resolute Forest Products – Quebec, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Canada – Ontario, Cenovus Energy – Prairies, SAP Canada – British Columbia and the North

Community Leader: Dr. Lloydetta Quaicoe – Atlantic, Caroline Lavallée – Quebec, 55 Plus Centre Volunteers – Ontario, Shadia Rahman – Prairies, Kalwinder Dosanjh – British Columbia and the North

Social Innovator: Autism Nova Scotia Society – Atlantic, GRIS-Montréal – Quebec, Chai Lifeline Canada – Ontario, Goodwill Industries of Alberta – Prairies, Yellowknife Breastfeeding Support Group – British Columbia and the North