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Nominations open for Canadian volunteer award
07 December 2004

Ottawa: In recognition of International Volunteer Day, 5 December, Social Development Canada is accepting nominations for the Thérèse Casgrain Volunteer Award.

Each year, the award is presented to two individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement of a social cause and to the well-being of their fellow citizens.

The Honourable Ken Dryden, Minister of Social Development, invites Canadians to put forward names: "In the spirit of International Volunteer Day, encourage Canadians to nominate volunteers who have shown a lifelong commitment to making a difference. The Thérèse Casgrain Volunteer Award helps us to recognize the extraordinary achievements of Canadian volunteers."

The award was established to commemorate the work of Thérèse Casgrain, the force behind various social reforms promoting justice and equality. She was involved in provincial, national and international organizations. As founder and President of the Quebec League of Women's Rights, Thérèse Casgrain helped Quebec women gain the right to vote in 1940 and was instrumental in

making women the beneficiaries of family allowance cheques.

The Thérèse Casgrain Volunteer Award consists of a bronze medallion, a lapel pin, a certificate of appreciation and a CAN$5,000 donation to the registered voluntary organization designated by each recipient.

Deadline for nominations is 1 February 2005.

Find out more about the Thérèse Casgrain Volunteer Award

From: Canada News Wire