The City of St. Catharines is seeking nominations for their annual volunteer awards.
Nominations open Wednesday, January 21, for the City’s annual Volunteer and MyHoodSTC Awards. The awards, returning this year under the theme ‘Not all Superheros Wear Capes,’ will recognize volunteers and “good neighbours” from across the city with an evening of acknowledgement and entertainment. This year, the gala will take place on Tuesday, April 21, coinciding with Canada’s National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 19 to 25.
“Superhero stories unfold around us every day, and not on the big screen at the local theatre,” said Brianne Wilson, community and events supervisor for the City. “The real heroes are the volunteers and good neighbours that keep our community moving forward, they are the individuals organizing neighbourhood programs, they are the people helping out at the grassroots level.”
Volunteer awards are divided into three categories, the Volunteer Recognition Award; Mayor’s Adult Volunteer of the Year and the Margaret and Robin MacLennan Youth Volunteer of the Year Award.
The Volunteer Recognition Award will be given to all nominees. All nominees will be acknowledged at Volunteer Recognition Night and will receive a certificate of appreciation from the City. The Mayor’s Volunteer of the Year Award will be given to one nominee who will be recognized as the Volunteer of the Year. The Margaret and Robin MacLennan Youth Volunteer of the Year Award will also be given to one recipient under the age of 19 who will be recognized as the youth volunteer of the year.
“Young and old alike, our community is filled with dedicated and compassionate volunteers, we’re looking to residents to nominate these individuals and help us share their real-life, super-hero stories,” said Wilson.
After a successful introduction last year, the MyHoodSTC Awards will also return, recognizing two residents — one Youth Award and one Connection Award — from each of the city’s six wards. The MyHoodSTC Awards recognize those who have made a difference in the neighbourhood they call home.
The MyHoodSTC Youth Award applies to individuals under 25 years of age who have taken on leadership roles in their neighbourhoods, while the Connection Award salutes those who have initiated efforts and activities improving the quality of life, culture and/or inclusivity in their neighbourhoods.
Individuals who desire to share the stories of their nominees are encouraged to use the City’s relatively new EngageSTC website. St. Catharines residents can sign up for the EngageSTC service anonymously on www.engagestc.ca and voice their opinions on city projects and initiatives. The service also enables residents to take part in city surveys from the comfort of their own homes.
A full list of awards and nomination forms, can be found at www.engagestc.ca/VolunteerAwards. Nominations will close on March 6.