The City of Airdrie is calling on residents to nominate outstanding volunteers in the community for the 2018 Volunteer of the Year Awards. Any individual, organization, association or business in Airdrie can be nominated for one of four awards.
“All these people (being nominated), over a long period of time, have given back to the community in a number of different ways,” said Kim Harris, community developer with the City. “We’re really looking for that community-builder type that attaches themselves to several different events and volunteer opportunities throughout the city.”
The Leader of Tomorrow Award recognizes a young Airdronian between the ages of 11 to 18. The Ambassador Award recognizes a citizen or business entity in Airdrie. For non-profit organizations comprised of volunteers that have demonstrated community leadership there is the Volunteer Advocate Award. Finally, there is the Soul of Airdrie Award.
“This is given to a citizen who has an outstanding long-term contribution of at least five years to the city in a volunteer way,” Harris said. “They attach themselves to several different events and volunteer opportunities throughout the city.”
Nominations close Jan. 15, 2018 and winners will be announced at the award ceremony May 3, 2018, where they will receive a plaque recognizing their contribution.
“They get to invite friends and family to come see them at the ceremony to watch. They get music, entertainment and good food,” Harris said. “And bragging rights, for sure.”
She said she believes it’s important to recognize outstanding volunteers not only through these awards but on an ongoing basis.
“There’s no possible way we couldn’t provide this many activities and sports programs without them,” she said.
She added every volunteer is valued in Airdrie and hopes this encourages others to get out and get involved.
“No matter what level that you’re volunteering at, you are valued member of the City of Airdrie,” she said.
To nominate a volunteer, visit airdrie.ca