Outstanding Volunteer Awards

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The 2019-2020 Call for Nominations is live!

Applications for the 2020 NWT Outstanding Volunteer Award Ceremony have been extended to May 28th, 2020. The ceremony for the 2019-2020 award winners will take place in the fall. The date for the ceremony will be anounced aftert the nomination period is over.

What is it?

Every February, the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs issues an annual notice of the nomination deadline for the NWT Outstanding Volunteer Awards Program  in order to recognize the voluntary achievements and contributions made by volunteers in Northwest Territories  communities.

Who is a volunteer?

You probably already know a volunteer, a friend or neighbour, who is always there ready to help someone. For example, someone who:

  • raises money for school activities;
  • helps in the school;
  • provides food for the needy;
  • preserves and teaches their culture;
  • helps those who are less able to take care of themselves; or
  • cuts wood, shovels walkways, helps with reading.

How do we say thank you?

Volunteers improve our quality of life and strive to make our communities better places to live. We want to thank them for their work. The NWT Outstanding Volunteer Awards is a great way to say thank you to the selfless individuals who give their time to our communities.

Territorial recipients receive $1000.00 to give to a volunteer organization of their choice as well as an award recognizing them for their efforts in building our communities through volunteering.

How does the awards program work?

Anybody can nominate an individual or a group whose voluntary work strengthens and enriches northern life.

There are four categories:

  • Youth (under 25)
  • Individual (25-54)
  • Elder (55+)
  • Group  

You can nominate someone by downloading a nomination form and emailing it to youth_and_volunteer@gov.nt.ca

How to Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer

The nomination form requires details about the volunteer’s type of achievement, type of involvement and level of impact on the community.

Type of achievement: Describe the significant contributions or participation made by the volunteer or group designed to improve the quality of life.
Type of involvement: Describe the volunteer’s participation, or if nominating a group, the work performed by the group.
Level of impact on the community: Describe the ways the community has benefited from the volunteer or group’s work.

Please include any other information you believe is relevant.

Only Northwest Territories residents are eligible for an award.

The nomination form can filled out online, or printed and mailed, or faxed back to your MACA Regional office or to the Sport, Recreation, and Youth Division office in Yellowknife.

Judging Criteria

The evaluation guideline includes, but is not limited to:

  • The duration (minimum of 100 hours) and impact of the volunteerism;
  • The number of years, months, and approximate number of volunteer hours the nominee committed to the activity;
  • The uniqueness and inclusiveness (involving others) of the nominee’s contributions and commitments;
  • Their leadership role in the community or organization; and
  • The challenges and/or barriers the nominee had to overcome in order to achieve their goal.

For more information please contact: Youth_And_Volunteer@gov.nt.ca