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Recognizing Volunteers

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April 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM

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 will be held on the evening of April 17th, 2019 at Ottawa City Hall beginning at 6:00 pm with a reception. The event will be emceed by Sam Laprade, creator and radio host of “An Hour to Give” on 1310 News.  

To Purchase Tickets

Tickets to the 2019 Annual VOscars are now sold out. To be added to the waitlist, click here

VOscars Silent Auction

A silent auction is taking place during the 2019 VOscars. The on-line auction is now officially open. Bids can now be placed in advance of the event and will end at the event at 9:00 pm. Click here to view the online auction.

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.

All sponsorship opportunities have been sold.

2019 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
2018 - James McCracken

VO is pleased to be presenting this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Dennis Jackson, 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

Award Categories and Criteria

This year’s VOscars Award finalists are:

  • Mayor's Award for Volunteer Spirit – and the nominees are…Dr. Rouba Fattal, David Chun Yu Lao, and Ann Thompson
  • Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award – and the nominees are… Omar Al-Dib, Lewis & Tommy Han, and Tulsy Uthay
  • Outstanding Senior Volunteer Award – and the nominees are… Gail Burgess, Barry Gray, and Chandra Hapuarachchi
  • Leadership in Corporate Volunteerism – and the nominees are… Adobe, Hydro Ottawa, KPMG LLP, and Lumentum
  • Outstanding Volunteer Program Award – and the nominees are… Board of Montfort Hospital’s Volunteer Association and Volunteer Services, Osgoode Youth Association, Ottawa Food Bank
  • Leadership in Volunteer Diversity – and the nominees are… Connected Canadians and Export Development Canada

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
  • Has volunteered for more than two organizations for over two years
  • 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

Leadership in Volunteer Diversity

Nominees in this category include organizations that have demonstrated leadership in creating and promoting an environment of diversity and inclusion in volunteering.

Candidate requirements:

  • Organization that promotes, supports and/or engages our community’s diverse populations in volunteering. These populations can include (but are not limited to): 1) Visible Minorities 2) People with Disabilities 3) New Canadians 4) Culturally and linguistically diverse populations 5) Indigenous peoples and 6) LGBTQ

Outstanding Volunteer Program Award

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.

Candidate requirements:

  • An Ottawa not-profit or charity that recruits, engages and manages over 50 volunteers annually

The nominations are now closed.

For information on the 2018 VOscars Awards, click here.