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Recognizing Volunteers

Voscars17The VOscars

April 19, 2018 at 6:30 PM

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 will be held on the evening of April 19th at Ottawa City Hall and will be hosted by well-known Ottawa media personality Dylan Black.

To Purchase Tickets

Tickets to the VOscars are available at a cost of $90.00. Tables of 8 are available for purchase at a discounted cost of $630. Click here to purchase tickets


6:30 – 7:30 Cocktails & Hors D'oeuvres
  Silent Auction
7:30 – 8:15 Welcome remarks
  Performance by OrKidstra
  Presentation of Awards
8:15 – 8:30  Break
8:30 – 9:15 Presentation of Awards
  Presentation Lifetime Achievement Award


2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Every year VO presents a Lifetime Achievement Award to an outstanding Ottawa citizen who has devoted her/his life to giving back to the community. Previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include:

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

VO is pleased to be presenting this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award to James McCracken, 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.

VOscars Raffle & Silent Auction

A raffle and silent auction are coming to the 2018 VOscars.  Both will begin taking ticket purchases/bids in advance of the event and will end at the event at 9:00 pm. Raffle tickets begin now. The on-line auction will begin April 9th.

Raffle item:

“River View”

Painting – Acrylic on Canvas – 24”X 36”

Donated by: Award winning artist Peter Colbert

Peter Colbert is an artist who is collected world-wide. Capturing the spirit and essence of a subject, reducing something complex to its simplest form, is what he pursues and finds to be most interesting. He is determined to pursue colour and composition before subject matter and detail, and he has become known for his powerful, sweeping style.

Colbert has exhibited in more than 25 solo, group shows and exhibitions and has won numerous awards for his efforts.

Painting - Peter Colbert - 2018








Click here to purchase tickets ($5 ticket/$10 3 tickets)
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All raffle and auction bid revenue will go directly to support the promotion of volunteerism in the Ottawa Valley through Volunteer Ottawa's programs and services.

Sponsorship Opportunities

By sponsoring the VOscars corporations and businesses will be both supporting the cause of volunteerism and contributing to the causes of hundreds of non-profits and charities in the Ottawa region who rely on volunteers to achieve their missions – whether it is helping children in need, the disadvantaged, the homeless, people with disabilities or any number of causes that are represented in the city.

For information on sponsorship levels and benefits, click here.

If you would like more information on Sponsorship, contact Suzanne Seebach at sseebach@volunteerottawa.ca.

Award Categories and Criteria

This year’s VOscars Awards include:

  • Mayor's Award for Volunteer Spirit - and the nominees are... Dr. Mohd Jamal Alsharif, Nasim Amiry, and Sukantulsee Uthayablan
  • Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award - and the nominees are... Ally Freedman, Mason Li and Aditi Sivakumar
  • Outstanding Senior volunteer Award - and the nominees are... Tom Abernathy, Bert Elder and Mel Jones
  • Leadership in Corporate Volunteerism - and the nominees are... Egg Farmers of Canada, IBM  and Nelligan O’Brien Payne
  • Outstanding Volunteer Program Award - and the nominees are... Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, Ottawa Community Housing, Ottawa 2017 and The Door Youth Centre

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.

Candidate requirements:

  • Dedicates significant time volunteering on a regular basis
  • Has made a meaningful impact in the community through volunteering
  • Promotes volunteering in the community

Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award

Nominees in this category are young people in the community who have made a significant contribution through their volunteer efforts.

Candidate requirements:

  • Be between 15 and 24 years old
  • Engages in, supports and encourages volunteerism in the community

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.

Candidate requirements:

  • Be over the age of 60 years old
  • Dedicates significant time volunteering on a regular basis
  • Has made a meaningful impact in the community through volunteering

Leadership in Corporate Volunteerism

Nominees in this category are corporations and businesses that demonstrate social responsibility practices by supporting volunteering among its employees.

Candidate requirements:

  • A business or corporation located in the Ottawa region
  • Encourages employees to volunteer and give back to the community
  • Has a comprehensive, successful employee engagement program to support employee volunteerism

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.

Candidate requirements:

  • An Ottawa non-profit or charity that recruits, engages and manages over 50 volunteers annually

The nominations are now closed.  

For information on the 2017 VOscars Awards, click here.