Call for Nominations – 2020 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award
The Government of Alberta promotes volunteerism and recognizes volunteer efforts of Albertans through the annual Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards and the Alberta Northern Lights Volunteer recognition Program. The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards highlight the value of volunteerism and publicly recognize the ongoing essential work and contributions of volunteers in supporting strong, vibrant, and diverse communities. Since the first awards were presented in 2000, 127 Albertans of all ages from communities across the province have been honoured. Six awards are presented annually, two in each category of youth, adult, and senior, at the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards ceremony.
This year we have added a new category to the Stars of Alberta Awards called the Breaking Barriers category. This category recognizes outstanding volunteers who have contributed through their volunteering activities, advocacy and/or leadership to promote equality or to reduce barriers for marginalized groups. Three additional awards will be given to individuals or groups who are opening doors in their communities to address racism, advocate for LGBTQ2S+ inclusion and fighting gender discrimination. This is an opportunity to celebrate those outstanding individuals who work tirelessly to ensure that our communities are more inclusive and better each day.
Nominations for the 2020 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards are now open and I encourage you to submit the names of those remarkable volunteers in your organization, school, and community. As with previous years the Stars of Alberta Awards will be presented at a special ceremony at Government House in Edmonton on December 4, 2020. This celebration is scheduled to coincide with International Volunteer Day, which falls on Saturday, December 5, 2020.
Detailed information on the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards program can be found online at www.alberta.ca/stars-awards. The deadline for nominations is September 15, 2020.
Share your volunteer story and let it inspire others!
Leela Sharon Aheer
Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women