The Volunteer of the Year Awards acknowledge the outstanding contributions of Airdrie’s volunteers.
Nominations close on February 11, 2016.
You can view the categories and criteria here.
The following guidelines will help you with completing a nomination:
The nominee for the Leader of Tomorrow award must attend within Airdrie school attendance boundaries: http://www.rockyview.ab.ca/registration/attendance-areas/city-of-airdrie/2015-2016. For all other categories, a nominee must be an individual or an organization - such as a business entity, not-for-profit organization, a volunteer-comprised grassroots committee or a community group - that resides (individual) or operates (organization) within Airdrie and annexation boundaries. https://airdrie.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/?appid=0edee862a3394c6eb4f2132f4c01f6cd
Nominations will be evaluated based on the individual/group’s volunteering efforts within Airdrie and annexation boundaries. (See above link.)
Self-nominations will not be accepted for groups and individuals. (Note: A nomination by staff of not-for-profit groups for their volunteers is acceptable.)
A nominator can only submit one nomination per category.
An individual or group that has previously received a Volunteer of the Year award for a specific category can no longer be nominated for the same category.
Only completed online nominations will be accepted (no paper nominations). To complete the nomination, the nominator must:
- have the nominee’s consent
- provide complete and accurate nominee information: name of individual/business/group, mailing address, telephone and email address
- submit a high resolution photo of the nominee within a week from submission of the online nomination (note: cellphone photos do not meet this requirement; use a DSLR camera). Photo standards:
1. Photo must be in portrait form (chest and head shot) on a plain background.
2. JPEG format
3. Photo resolution must be 300 DPI or better
4. The photo must be 4”x6” or larger
- provide a short biography and a narrative on why they are nominating this individual/group. Use the third-person point of view when writing about the person/group being nominated.
Use pronouns like he, she, it, or they, for example: “He recruited 50 volunteers to help organize the event.” “They have been invaluable in welcoming newcomers to the community through their referral services.”
Avoid using I, me, my, you, yours: “I learned that he recruited 50 volunteers to help organize the event”, “He helped me organize my event”, “I want to let you know that he helped our event become successful.”
The Volunteer of the Year Awards (VotYA) Administration reserves the right to determine eligibility and assign nominees to the appropriate categories as necessary. By submitting a nomination, each nominator assumes responsibility for: completing the nomination package, ensuring the veracity and accuracy of the information they provide, and securing the consent of the nominee to participate in the nomination process and to allow the City of Airdrie, its agents and others working under its authority, full and free use of video and/or photographs from the VotYA awards program for promotional, news, research and/or educational purposes.