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Nominations sought for Volunteer Citizen of the Year award

Direct Energy and the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association (AWNA) invite Albertans to help recognize and reward the province’s tremendous volunteer spirit with the 11th annual Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award.
The nomination period is now open and nominations will be accepted until Friday, April 17.
The Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award program seeks to acknowledge dedicated individuals whose contributions make their communities a better place to live.
“Direct Energy is thrilled to once again partner with the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association and highlight the work of outstanding volunteers across communities in Alberta,” said Tanis Kozak, vice-president and general manager of Direct Energy. “Each year there are hundreds of nominations for this award because Alberta is home to a vibrant sense of volunteer spirit which is worthy of spotlighting and rewarding.”
The award consists of a $5,000 cash grant to the winner’s organization or cause of choice in their community.
“We’re looking forward to once again recognizing individuals who work hard to make our communities great places to live,” AWNA president Fred Gorman said. “This program is designed to showcase appreciation for their efforts.”
The Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award is open to all residents of communities in the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association area.
Individuals can either nominate themselves or be nominated by another individual or group.
Nominations should not exceed 750 words and must detail the specific contributions the individual or group has made to improve the community through volunteer service.
The nomination must also profile the designated organization and how it would use the $5,000 donation from Direct Energy.
A selection committee, formed of two representatives from the AWNA and two appointed by Direct Energy, will review award applications, select the finalists and award the winning individual or group.
For Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award rules and details visit The Macleod Gazette, http://awna.com/volunteer-citizen-of-the-year or www.directenergy.com/vcoy.

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