Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers
GG02-2016-0001-002 January 12, 2016 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognize the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country and celebrate a wide range of voluntary contributions. Credit: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, OSGG

I would like to take a moment to remind residents that the City of Ottawa is partnering with the Office of the Governor General of Canada to honour 150 outstanding volunteers from our city. These outstanding volunteers will be recognized in 2017 with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the remarkable volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The Medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers.

I, along with my Councillor colleagues, have been given the privilege of selecting six outstanding patrons within our community to be nominated for this special awarding. I am sure you will agree that there is no better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary than by recognizing the outstanding volunteers who are the backbone of our great city.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, October 14, 2016. If you, or someone you know, would like to see a deserving individual nominated, please ensure to contact me with their story at

An awards ceremony is currently being planned for National Volunteer Week which will take place from April 23 to 29, 2017, at which time the successful recipients will be honoured. To learn more about the Governor General Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, you can click here.