V-Oscars

The V-Oscars

Recognizing outstanding volunteers and the people who lead them with an unforgettable experience.

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The 3rd Annual V-Oscars

The premiere volunteer recognition event in Peel returns on Thursday, April 19, 2018! We believe volunteer recognition is a pillar of good volunteer engagement, which adds value to a volunteer experience and inspires others. While volunteer recognition takes many forms, the V-Oscars presents a unique opportunity for Volunteer MBC member organizations to show how much they appreciate their outstanding volunteers and give them an experience unlike any other.

The Awards

John Huether Award for Volunteering Excellence

The John Huether Award for Volunteering Excellence was created in 2010 to honour the late, Mr. John Huether. Mr. Huether’s 2007 report, Review of Volunteerism, laid the groundwork for the creation of Volunteer MBC. The inaugural presentation of this award took place at Volunteer MBC’s 2011 Annual General Meeting and Inaugural Volunteer Recognition Awards Event held in April 2011.

Award Criteria:

  • Supports and mentors others with challenges or issues that they may be experiencing
  • Devotes an abundance of their time and resources, and is passionate about helping others
  • Continually demonstrates exceptional leadership through example and is a significant contributor to the team and the community
Bonnie Yagar Award for Community Engagement Leadership

The Bonnie Yagar Award for Community Engagement Leadership was launched in 2014 to honour Ms. Bonnie Yagar, founding and past President of Volunteer MBC’s Board of Directors. Over the years Ms. Yagar has been instrumental in providing leadership and guidance to Volunteer MBC, having joined the Centre’s original Steering Committee. Her dedication and expertise has been a tremendous asset to Volunteer MBC’s growth, and her commitment and dedication to her community through her many volunteer contributions, in particular via her Board of Director leadership roles, has been a shining example of how just one person can make such a profound difference in the capacity building of community service organizations. This award is to recognize her exemplary efforts.

The inaugural presentation of this award took place at Volunteer MBC’s 2014 Annual General Meeting and 4th Annual Volunteer Recognition Awards Event which was held in April 2014.

Award criteria:

  • Has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the voluntary sector through sharing their expertise, skill set and knowledge in a leadership capacity;
  • Supports and mentors others with challenges or issues that they may be experiencing
  • Devotes an abundance of their time and resources, and is passionate about helping others
  • Is able to drive and mobilize community service organizations via his/her exceptional board leadership approach
  • Has been voted in as Chair or President with at least two community service organizations in Peel (past and/or present) and has made a significant contribution to the success within those two Boards
Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award

The Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award was created in 2009 to honour the lifetime voluntary contributions of an individual, with Anne Walton being the first recipient. The inaugural presentation of this award took place at Volunteer MBC’s 2012 Annual General Meeting and 2nd Annual Volunteer Recognition Awards Event held in April 2012.

Award criteria:

  • Has demonstrated an exemplary long-term commitment to the voluntary sector through sharing their expertise, skill set and knowledge
  • Has accumulated over 25 years of volunteer experience with one, two or three community service organizations
  • Is a true role model for other volunteers in their organization or in the community
  • Has left a legacy through volunteer efforts of which the positive effects on the community continue to be visible
  • Sets the example for how just one individual can make such an enormous impact in their community by helping others so unselfishly.
Newcomer Gem Award

Newcomers account for close to half of Peel’s population, so this award is open to individuals who have lived in the community for less than 3 years, and who have realized the many benefits of volunteering. The inaugural presentation of this award took place at Volunteer MBC’s 2012 Annual General Meeting and 2nd Annual Volunteer Recognition Awards Event held in April 2012.

Award criteria:

  • Moved to Canada less than 3 years ago
  • Has demonstrated how they have provided an admirable contribution to their new community as a volunteer
  • Has shown an exemplary commitment to share their expertise, skill set and knowledge as a volunteer
  • Devotes an abundance of their time and is passionate about helping others
  • Sets a positive example for how newcomers can use their volunteering contributions to help define the path for a new life in the community
Leader of Tomorrow Award

Volunteer MBC strongly believes that youth are the leaders of our tomorrow. We also believe that it is our role to help nurture youth, to provide them with the correct paths to follow, to lead them by example, and to provide recognition for their efforts of helping out their community. The Leader of Tomorrow Award covers youth of all ages who are attending school in Peel (elementary, secondary school, university or college).

The inaugural presentation of the Leader of Tomorrow Award took place at Volunteer MBC’s 2014 Annual General Meeting and 4th Annual Volunteer Recogntion Awards Event held in April 2014.

Award criteria:

  • Has demonstrated a dedicated, on-going commitment to the voluntary sector through sharing their expertise, skill set and knowledge
  • Has been an active elementary or secondary school student within the past year
  • Devotes an abundance of their time and resources, and consistently demonstrates a passion for helping others
  • Shows leadership through example and is a significant contributor to the team/community
  • Helps to mentor their peers by supporting and advocating for the voluntary sector either through their volunteer engagement or another activity (i.e. presentations at their school, involvement on student group or club, etc.)
Helping Hands Award

The Helping Hands Award recognizes individuals who contribute many hours and may not necessarily fall under any of the other award categories, but deserve recognition for their voluntary efforts in our community. The inaugural presentation of this award took place at Volunteer MBC’s 2012 Annual General Meeting and 2nd Annual Volunteer Recognition Awards Event held in April 2012. Generally, three Helping Hands Awards are given, one for each municipality.

Award criteria:

  • Has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the voluntary sector through sharing their expertise, skill set and knowledge
  • Devoted more than 170 hours of their time annually
  • Demonstrates commitment and passion for helping others
Youth LEaD Award

New in 2018, the Youth LEaD Award recognizes youth groups (under 19) in Peel that have contributed to the cause of a non-profit organization by developing and delivering a project that addresses a community need. Volunteer MBC provides Youth LEaD (Leadership Education and Development) training to youth looking to build their skills in project management, volunteer coordination, leadership and community development.