Planning is currently in the works to celebrate International Volunteer Day 2021. The Grande Prairie Regional Association of Volunteer Organizations (The Association) is partnering with the City of Grande Prairie to recognize amazing individuals and organizations with our collective annual volunteer awards. We ask the citizens, community groups, educational institutions, local businesses and voluntary organizations of Grande Prairie and surrounding areas to submit their nominations and help us celebrate those who make our community a better place to live.

The Grande Prairie Regional Association of Volunteer Organizations is seeking nominations for:

The Grande Prairie Regional Association of Volunteer Organizations 2021 Volunteer of the Year Awards, which recognizes one individual and one company/corporation in the Grande Prairie region for outstanding contributions to the community through their support & acts of volunteerism in the non-profit sector and/or community within the last twelve months. If you have a volunteer or a company that has made a significant impact and/or continuous long-term dedication to an organization, we want your nominations! This year corporations can nominate themselves! The Volunteer of the Year Award is sponsored by Servus Credit Union and the Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award is sponsored by the Prairie Mall.

The 2021 Leaders of Tomorrow Awards presented by ATCO, recognize individual youths, living in Grande Prairie and surrounding area, who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through volunteerism. Individuals, community groups, educational institutions, and voluntary organizations are all encouraged to nominate an outstanding youth volunteer. This year the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards will recognize individuals in two age groups 13-15 and 16-18 in 4 categories; LEADERSHIP, VOLUNTEERING, ADVOCACY & PERSEVERANCE. The perfect nominees are: Dedicated to Helping the Community; Have A Fearless Approach; Strive for Inclusion; Continuously Volunteer; Have Endless Patience; Think Creatively; Are Eager to Take the Initiative; Are Driven by Passion; Work Well with Others; and Inspire & Encourage Volunteerism.

The City of Grande Prairie is seeking nominations for:

The George Repka Outstanding Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals who have made a major contribution in the areas of recreation, culture, or social services to the community. Nomination forms can be downloaded at cityofgp.com/GeorgeRepka.

The Bill Bowes Volunteer Organization of the Year Award, which recognizes volunteer organizations or foundations in Grande Prairie that have provided outstanding contributions to the community through meritorious service, voluntary contributions and exemplary community development having a direct, positive effect on residents of the City of Grande Prairie. Nomination forms can be downloaded at cityofgp.com/BillBowes.

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021.

For more information on the awards and nomination forms visit volunteergp.com or contact the Grande Prairie Regional Association of Volunteer Organizations at 780-538-2727 to request a nomination form by email, fax or mail. The Awards will be presented on December 6th, 2021 at the annual International Volunteer Day (IVD) Celebration. More details on the IVD Celebration coming soon.