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YMCA of Okanagan Volunteer Award Nominations

Our charity is responding to COVID-19 including temporarily closing all YMCA recreation facilities during this time. Child care, virtual early years community services and career development services will continue to run. The most recent information can be found at ymcaokanagan.ca/COVID19

As a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundation of communities, the YMCA of Okanagan relies on the time and dedication given by volunteers to achieve its mission. The YMCA of Okanagan is committed to the recognition of outstanding performance and commitment by volunteers through the following awards: The Jill Siebert Volunteer Award of Excellence, Young Volunteer of the Year Award and Significant Contribution (Gift of Time) Award.

Staff, volunteers, and members will nominate volunteers and winners will be presented with a plaque at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 27, 2020. The nomination deadline is March 28, 2020.

Awards and Criteria

The Jill Siebert Volunteer Award of Excellence

The Jill Siebert Volunteer Award of Excellence is awarded to an adult volunteer in recognition of their outstanding voluntary contributions to the YMCA of Okanagan. A volunteer nominated for this award exemplifies excellence by meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  • Goes above and beyond their volunteer duties
  • Challenges, inspires, and supports staff, volunteers, and members to do their best
  • Uses effective teaching methods and techniques
  • Acts as a role model for the YMCA of Okanagan
  • Acts as a valuable resource for staff, volunteers, and members
  • Models competencies that are key to the success of the Association
  • Adds significant value to YMCA programs and services
  • Made specific contributions to YMCA programs and services

Young Volunteer of the Year Award

The Young Volunteer of the Year Award is awarded to a young individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the YMCA of Okanagan. A volunteer nominated for this award exemplifies excellence by meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  • Under 18 years of age
  • Had special accomplishments related to association programs and services
  • Challenges, inspires, and supports staff, volunteers, and members to do their best
  • Acts as a role model for the YMCA of Okanagan
  • Acts as a valuable resource for staff, volunteers, and members
  • Models competencies that are key to the success of the Association
  • Adds significant value to YMCA programs and services
  • Made specific contributions to YMCA programs and services

Significant Contribution (Gift of Time) Award

The Volunteer Significant Contribution (Gift of Time) Award is awarded to a volunteer who shares a substantial amount of their time to assist the Association in fulfilling its mission. A volunteer nominated for this award meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Has provided a large number of volunteer hours in the previous year
  • Provides services and/or programs in a diversity of roles within our Association
  • Provides their time on a consistent basis to enhance programs and services to our members

Eligibility and Guidelines:

  • All current volunteers are eligible for nomination; however, a volunteer is not eligible to win the award over consecutive years
  • A nomination can be made by any staff, volunteer, or YMCA of Okanagan
  • An individual may be nominated for multiple awards
  • The nomination form must be completely filled in order for the volunteer nomination to be valid
  • Only one recipient will be chosen for each award

Selection:

  • The Staff and Volunteer Engagement Specialist will form a selection committee of 3 to 5 employees, outside of managerial roles, from across the Association. The composition of the committee will reflect Association divisions and include representatives from Health, Fitness, and Aquatics, Child Care, and Employment
  • The Selection committee will use a ranking form to judge the suitability of each nominated volunteer
  • The Staff and Volunteer Engagement Specialist will notify all nominees and award recipients of their selection
  • Awards will be presented at the Annual General Meeting
  • Each volunteer award winner will receive a plaque