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April 25, 2006
City accepting nominations for Volunteer Awards
  
Do you know a Torontonian who volunteers in a community to make a difference? Someone who has shown up to volunteer every day, week or month consistently? Someone who has volunteered their time to implement a program or project that has impacted a community in a positive way?

Mayor David Miller has declared April 23-29 as Volunteer Week, and the City of Toronto wants to hear your volunteer story. Fill out a nomination form and tell us about the special volunteer you know. The stories may be about continuous years of service, outstanding performance, exceptional volunteer work or a group of volunteers who in the past year worked on a project that benefited the community. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, June 30.

Each year, through the Community Service Volunteer Awards, the City of Toronto celebrates people who invest in their communities, inspire others through their volunteer work and by contributing to the improvement of communities, prove that they are an invaluable resource in supporting the vibrancy and strength of Toronto.

“Volunteers are a vital part of any community. They help food banks, run programs for youths and seniors, provide support for individuals; they help build communities. It is my privilege to declare it Volunteer Week in Toronto and I encourage agencies and organizations in the city to honour their volunteers - not only during Volunteer Week, but every day,” said Mayor David Miller.

Distress Centres of Toronto’s Executive Director Karen Letofsky agrees with Mayor Miller. “An organization’s volunteers should be honoured every day and it doesn’t necessarily have to involve a recognition event. Our volunteers have told us that they preferred to be recognized and honoured by receiving continuous feedback on the service they provide. This helps them do their job better.”

Nomination forms, information about eligibility and criteria for the 2006 Community Service Volunteer Awards are available on the City’s website at http://www.toronto.ca/volunteer_awards. Nomination forms will be available at libraries and civic and community centres throughout the city in limited quantities in early May.


Media contact:

Sutha Balasingham
Program Support Analyst
416-392-9271


 

 

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