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Do you know a caring Canadian?

Do you know a caring Canadian?
Each year, Canadians volunteer their time for the opportunity to make a positive impact in their communities. In 2013, 12.7 million people aged 15 years and older participated in some form of volunteer work. That’s 2 out of every 5 Canadians!  

Food banks are particularly reliant on volunteers. In fact, over 36% of food banks have no paid staff. In rural communities, this number rises to 53%.

“Volunteers are the heart of any food bank.  Without their support we could not be as effective in our communities.”  Weston Area Emergency Support food bank 

Yet, many volunteers go above and beyond in their service to their community!

In 1995, former Governor General Roméo LeBlanc wanted to recognize these dedicated members of our communities and created the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. Since then, hundreds of volunteers have been presented with this special honour to acknowledge the significant, sustainedunpaid contribution to their community. 

“The Caring Canadian Award celebrates the efforts of great volunteers who contribute to our society and selflessly offer their help and empathy. One of the wonderful things about this award is that it is truly a grassroots honour. It’s from the community, for the community.” Office of the Secretary to the Governor General  

In an effort to ensure that more caring Canadians receive this award, the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (OSGG) has selected Food Banks Canada as one of its trusted partners as a means to recognize volunteers in the food banking sector. 

We’re proud to partner with the OSGG and have created a simplified application form for nominators who can skip the reference requirement

Take a few minutes of your time today and nominate a food bank volunteer here.
English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CaringCanadianfoodbanks
French: fr.surveymonkey.com/r/FRCaringCanadianfoodbanks

Nominations for other deserving volunteers can be made online at caring.gg.ca. The website also features more information about the program as well as inspiring recipient stories and videos. 

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