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Recognizing Volunteers

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The VOscars is a highlight of the year for the city’s volunteers and non-profits. The event celebrates Ottawa’s vibrant volunteer community and gives special recognition to those individuals, organizations and businesses that have made a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

The 2018 VOscars was held on April 19 at Ottawa City Hall. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient was James McCracken. The VOscars was hosted by well-known Ottawa media personality Dylan Black.

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

James and kittsThe 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to James McCracken for his dedication to volunteerism and the non-profit organizations who serve our community. 

James McCracken is a dedicated volunteer and community builder. His exceptional contributions to community service, education and health care in the region embodies the principles of volunteerism and the spirit of giving back to the community.

Mayor's Award for Volunteer Spirit

This Award is given to an individual or group of individuals that best exemplifies the spirit of volunteering in Ottawa. The 2018 Mayor's Award for Volunteer Spirit was presented to Dr. Mohd Jamal Alsharif

Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award

Nominees in this category are young people in the community who have made a significant contribution through their volunteer efforts. The 2018 Youth Volunteer Award was presented to Aditi Sivakumar

Outstanding Senior Volunteer Award

This Award is given to a senior citizen who has made a meaningful impact in the community through their volunteer efforts. The 2018 Senior Volunteer Award was presented to Tom Abernethy

Leadership in Corporate Volunteerism

Nominees in this category are corporations and businesses that demonstrate social responsibility practices by supporting volunteering among its employees. The 2018 Leadership in Corporate Volunteerism Award was presented to Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP

Outstanding Volunteer Program Award

This Award is given to a non-profit organization in the Ottawa region that has built a successful, thriving volunteer program based on effective volunteer management principles and practices. The 2018 Outstanding Volunteer Program Award was presented to the Ottawa Community Housing

Canada 150 for 150 Challenge Award

In 2017 VO launched the Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. The goal of this nationwide campaign was to have Canadians give 150 hours of volunteer time and give back to their community and country by making a difference in people's lives. Throughout the year Canadians from 225 cities coast to coast gave back by volunteering a total of 288,183 hours. Over 40% of participants volunteered 150 hours or more. Ottawa won the Challenge accumulating a total of 41,761 hours.

VO was most pleased to recognize at the VOscars the individual in Ottawa who accumulated the most hours volunteering in the city. Rosalind Bell was presented with the Canada 150 for 150 Challenge Award for having volunteered a total of 1,972 hours.