A National Recognition for Volunteers

Each year, thousands of Canadians from across the country selflessly offer their time and effort in a wide range of fields. The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers was created to celebrate these great volunteers who contribute so much to our communities. Volunteers who have made a significant, sustained and unpaid contribution to their community are eligible to receive the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

About the medal

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is part of the Canadian Honours System and its design, created by the Canadian Heraldic Authority and the Chancellery of Honours, carries great symbolism.

Ribbon: The deep red colour is associated with royalty.The blue and gold represent the viceregal office. The five gold stripes evoke the fingers of an outstretched hand, as presented in the former Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award emblem (which the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers has replaced). Medal: The maple leaf crown symbolizes Canada.The two interlaced hearts represent caring and generosity.The sunburst pattern symbolizes how volunteers give of their time and their actions.

Meet the recipients

Emily Albert – The art of giving

Over the past five years, Emily Albert has made a difference in her community through fundraising and volunteering initiatives that have helped foster opportunity and equality. She has been engaged in helping veterans, working with local food banks and food drives, assisting with holiday and Remembrance Day events, and advocating for inclusivity and greater multiculturalism as a student ambassador at Mount Saint Vincent University.


A big part of volunteering is not expecting anything in return.


Dr. Martin Spencer – Seeing the world with a different eye

For over 30 years, Dr. Martin Spencer has helped restore sight to many of the world’s poor as a long-time volunteer with Seva Canada. He has made dozens of trips at his own expense to developing countries to conduct eye surgeries, train local eye specialists and make regular vision care available to thousands.


We’re all family. It’s just a matter of how far your heart will stretch to make the word family extend.


 Anne Du Sault – The gift of hope

Since 1990, Anne Du Sault has dedicated herself to HOPE Worldwide, an international charity geared at helping the poor and needy. As the director of HOPE’s Montréal chapter, she established partnerships with local soup kitchens and schools, and distributes food baskets and classroom supplies to underprivileged families.


If you are able to have a positive impact on one person’s life, then it’s working.


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!