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Recognizing Volunteers

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The VOscars is a highlight of the year for the city’s volunteers and not-for-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 2019 VOscars was held on the evening of April 17th, 2019 at Ottawa City Hall. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient was Dennis Jackson. The event was emceed by Sam Laprade, creator and radio host of “An Hour to Give” on 1310 News.  

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

2019_VoscarsThe 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dennis Jackson a dedicated volunteer and community builder. For over 30 years, Dennis has demonstrated his commitment to giving back to the community through his leadership and involvement with a wide range of non-profits, charities, health, educational and cultural institutions and fundraising organizations. 

Previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include:

2018 - James McCracken
2017 – Dave Smith
2016 – Coralie Lalonde
2015 – Jim Durrell
2014 – Barbara McInnes
2013 – Grete Hale
2012 – Lawrence Greenspon
2011 – Max Keeping

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 2019 Mayor's Award for Volunteer Spirit was presented to Ann Thompson

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 2019 Youth Volunteer Award was presented to Tulsy Uthay

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 2019 Senior Volunteer Award was presented to Chandra Hapuarachchi

Leadership in Corporate Volunteerism

Nominees in this category are corporations and businesses that demonstrate social responsibility practices by supporting volunteering among its employees. The 2019 Leadership in Corporate Volunteerism Award was presented to KPMG LLP and Lumentum

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 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Program Award was presented to the Ottawa Food Bank

Leadership in Volunteer Diversity

This award is given to an organization that has demonstrated leadership in creating and promoting an environment of diversity and inclusion in volunteering. The 2019 Leadership in Volunteer Diversity Award was presented to Connected Canadians

To view pictures of the event, click here.