Recognizing those who volunteer

Plans for National Volunteer Week — April 22 to April 29 — celebrations are well underway.
This year’s celebrations will kick off celebrating VIQ’s 50th anniversary being held at the Banquet Centre on Saturday, April 22. Each year Volunteer and Information Quinte, together with our sponsor Investors Group, recognizes the work of dedicated volunteers in Hastings and Prince Edward counties. Three awards are awarded annually to volunteers that demonstrated outstanding commitment to their community. This is a perfect opportunity to honour someone you feel has made a difference through their volunteer commitment by nominating them in one of the following award categories.
The Ruth Burrows Volunteer of the Year Award was established in 1990 to recognize Ruth Burrows, an outstanding community volunteer. The award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding and exceptional contribution to the community. The nominee for this award must be a resident of Hastings and Prince Edward counties, must have volunteered or are volunteering their time, talent and energy to benefit the community and must have been or are undertaking such activities on a voluntary basis and not for remuneration.
The Maurice Rollins Community Leadership Award for Youth was established in 2002 to recognize Maurice Rollins, a visionary leader in our community. The award is presented to a young person who has made an outstanding and exceptional contribution to the community. Nominees must be a resident of Hastings or Prince Edward counties between the ages of 16 and 21, must have volunteered or are volunteering their time, talent and energy to benefit the community and must have been or are undertaking such activities on a voluntary basis and not for remuneration.
Investors Group Volunteer Business Person Award: The business person volunteer award was established to recognize an outstanding leader in the community. This award will be presented annually to a business person who has made an outstanding and exceptional contribution to the community. The nominee for this award must be a resident of Hastings and Prince Edward counties, must have volunteered or are volunteering their time, talent and energy to benefit the community and must have been or are undertaking such activities on a voluntary basis and not for remuneration.
Nominations will be accepted until March 31, 2017. Individuals can be nominated by an individual or by the agencies the individuals volunteer with. A committee will review all nominations and make the final selection.
Volunteer opportunities to choose from this week include:
• The 436 squad at CFB desperately require some volunteers to help with their pond hockey tournament and dinner, February 3 to 5 in Batawa. Anyone interested please visit this link, for complete details. https://www.volunteersignup.org/LQE3A
• The Regent Theatre is seeking volunteers who can sell tickets using a computerized system, answer phones, provide information and to work in the concession stand selling popcorn, drinks and other goodies. Ushering and taking tickets at shows, greeting patrons and showing them to their seat.
• Quinte Conservation is seeking volunteers to assist with general office duties at their office in Belleville during our regular office hours. Volunteers are also needed to scan slides and old photos from their large archive that need to be digitized.

Volunteer & Information Quinte refers volunteers to over 260 agencies throughout Hastings & Prince Edward Counties. We are currently recruiting volunteers to fulfill the needs of our community. Please contact 613-969-8862 or visit our website at www.viq.ca for more information volunteer opportunities and “Help Us Help Others”. VIQ is a United Way Member Agency.

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