To our members - VO will continue to serve our members during this difficult time to ensure you receive the resources, support and volunteers you need. We are monitoring the situation and will advise members of any developments affecting their operations and volunteer management. Please see our Members COVID-19 Update for resources and additional information which will be updated as the situation unfolds.
To volunteers – Thank you for your care and support for our community. At this time priority should be to take all precautions to stay safe. If you are 65 and over, it is advised that you stay home. Others for whom it is safe to volunteer, continue to check VO's website for opportunities. Please see our COVID-19 Volunteer Update for resources and additional information.
Please note that the 10th Annual VOscars Gala originally scheduled for April 23, 2020, has been postponed as a precautionary measure in response to the evolving public health situation with COVID-19 in the city. Volunteer Ottawa has made this decision in response to provincial and city recommendations to safeguard the health of those attending. A new date for the event will be announced in the coming weeks.
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 difference in the community.
The 10th Annual VOscars Gala will be held on the evening of April 23rd, 2020 at Ottawa City Hall.
Tickets to the 10th Annual VOscars Gala are available at a cost of $100. Click here to purchase tickets and/or tables of 8.
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.
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
2018 - James McCracken
2019 - Dennis Jackson
VO is pleased to be presenting this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Jacquelin Holzman, dedicated volunteer and community builder. Jacquelin has demonstrated her commitment to giving back to the community through her leadership and involvement with a wide range of social service agencies, charities and health institutions over her lifetime.
Do you know someone who exemplifies the spirit of volunteering? Do you know a young person or senior who has made a significant contribution to our community through their volunteering efforts? Do you know a corporation, business or organization that supports volunteering among its employees or that has built a successful volunteer program or promotes our community's diverse populations in volunteering?
It’s time to recognize those volunteers and supporters of volunteerism that make a difference in our community. See the Award categories and criteria below. Nominations must be submitted by February 12, 2020.
This year’s VOscars Awards include:
This Award is given to an individual or group of individuals that best exemplifies the spirit of volunteering in Ottawa.
Nominees in this category are young people in the community who have made a significant contribution through their volunteer efforts.
This Award is given to a senior citizen who has made a meaningful impact in the community through their volunteer efforts.
Nominees in this category are corporations and businesses that demonstrate social responsibility practices by supporting volunteering among its employees.
Nominees in this category have dedicated their professional skills in providing leadership, supporting volunteerism and giving back to the community.
This Award is given to a not-for-profit organization in the Ottawa region that has built a successful, thriving volunteer program based on effective volunteer management principles and practices.
For information on the 2019 VOscars Awards, click here.