The Heart of Our Communities

Every day, our lives are enriched by the many people who give of their time and effort to improve their communities, from people helping in hospitals to youth building life-long relationships based on caring to special teachers whose learning extends beyond the classroom. Show them you care as much as they do by recognizing them through your nomination. Any volunteer who has made a significant, sustained and unpaid contribution to their community is eligible to receive the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

Here are just a few inspiring examples!

Luc Racine – Caring with compassion

Luc joined the PalliAmi Foundation in 1992. In addition to his weekly volunteering, he set up a video library for patients and their loved ones. He also looks after cataloguing, loans and returns of material from the Foundation’s specialized library. Further, he has served as the secretary for meetings of the PalliAmi Foundation board.

Volunteers often say they give less than they receive.

LUC RACINE, VOLUNTEER WITH THE PALLIAMI FOUNDATION

Falyn McLaughlin – Never too young to make a difference

Falyn was recognized for her work on leadership development with persons with an intellectual and developmental disability through Best Buddies Canada, for organizing talks on mental health issues, and for her fundraising efforts to provide access to clean water in Haiti and Africa.

Volunteering has really opened my eyes to see all of the amazing people that this world is made of.

FALYN MCLAUGHLIN, VOLUNTEER WITH BEST BUDDIES CANADA

Lee Kennedy – Teaching by example

Lee is known for her selflessness and her civic engagement. She gives her time as the force behind many of the programs that create a sense of community at Percy Pegler School: as a hot lunch coordinator, planning the winter carnival, organizing the Scholastic book orders and participating on the school council. She is also active in the wider community, with Canadian Parents for French, the Alberta Dance Academy and helping those affected by the 2013 floods.

My goal is to help people and to just make a difference in my community.

LEE KENNEDY, COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL VOLUNTEER

Nominate a caring volunteer

Do you know a friend, a co-worker or a member of your community who inspired you and deserves to be recognized? Submit an online nomination in a few simple steps!