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  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
The Governor General's Caring Canadian Award
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Caring Canadian Award

The Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award

During a visit to Calgary in March 2013, the Governor General teamed up with Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta to help construct a duplex in Evanston.
The Governor General presented the Caring Canadian Award to Faduma Wais (Orléans, Ontario) during the National We Day event, on April 9, 2014, in Ottawa. On December 19, 2014, Christmas Exchange Program volunteers helped pack food hampers for Ottawa families in need.

Created in 1995, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award recognizes individuals who volunteer their time to help others and to build a smarter and more caring nation. The award also highlights the fine example set by these volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are so much a part of our Canadian character. It allows us to thank them for their contributions and for the positive impact they have had on the lives of others.

If you know a friend, neighbour or member of your community who deserves this unique award, please share their stories with us by nominating them today!

Caring Canadian Award Pin

Description of the award

When the Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc became Governor General of Canada, he was determined to thank the thousands of caring people who give so much to their fellow citizens, the unsung heroes who volunteer their time, their efforts and a great deal of their lives to helping others, and who ask for nothing in return. In 1995, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award was created.

The Caring Canadian Award consists of a letter, certificate and a lapel pin presented to recipients by the governor general or by lieutenant-governors, territorial commissioners, mayors, members of the Order of Canada or partner organizations.

The award’s emblem represents Canadians who selflessly give of their time and energy to others. The maple leaf symbolizes the people of Canada and their spirit; the heart depicts the open-heartedness of volunteers; and the outstretched hand portrays boundless generosity. The helping hand and heart support the maple leaf. The blue and gold colours, which appear on the viceregal flag, indicate the award’s connection with the governor general.

Questions concerning the Caring Canadian Award program can be sent to or by calling 613-993-3529 or 1-800-465-6890 (toll-free).

Date modified: January 29, 2016