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Nominations sought for volunteer award

Nominations are now being accepted for an award that will recognize the province’s volunteer spirit.
Nominations for the eighth annual Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award will close Friday, March 16.
“It is no secret that Albertans take great pride in their remarkable volunteerism, and the volunteers we’ve met and recognized over the years through this program are a true inspiration,” said Tanis Kozak, vice-president and general manager for Direct Energy, one of the award sponsors. “We all know someone whose work makes their community a better place to live, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize some of those amazing contributions.”
According to Volunteer Canada, there are 12.5-million volunteers making a difference in others’ lives across the country. In Alberta alone, one in three people volunteer.
The Alberta Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award program is designed to recognize some of the most outstanding work of those individuals whose contributions make their communities a better place to live.
“We’re looking forward to once again recognizing individuals who work hard to make our communities great places to live,” Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association president Ossie Sheddy said. “The selfless actions of past winners . . . often go unrewarded. This program is designed to showcase appreciation for their efforts.”
The Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award consists of a $1,000 cash prize to the winner and a $5,000 cash grant to the winner’s organization/cause of choice in their respective community.
A $1,000 cash grant is awarded to each of four semi-finalists’ organization or cause of choice in their communities.
The Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award is open to residents who reside within a community served by an AWNA member newspaper.
Applicants can either self-nominate or be nominated by another individual or group.
Nominations should be no longer than 750 words in length and detail the specific contribution the individual or group has made to the local community through improving the quality of life for fellow citizens.
The nominations also need to profile the designated organization and how that organization would use the $5,000 donation.
Nominations must be submitted to the AWNA by March 16.
Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award rules and details can be found at www.awna.com or www.directenergy.com/vcoy.

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