Nominations being sought for second annual Bill Winegard volunteer awards

The University of Guelph in partnership with the United Way of Guelph and Wellington and the Volunteer Centre of Guelph-Wellington are calling for nominations for the second annual Dr. William Winegard exemplary volunteer involvement awards.
The awards, held in honour of former University of Guelph president Dr. William Wine­gard, annually recognize the signi­ficant community involve­ment of a University of Guelph student, staff, and faculty mem­ber.
"Reaching out has provided me with immense fulfillment over the years, and I’m delight­ed that, through these awards, students, faculty and staff will be formally acknowledged for their volunteer efforts in the community," said Dr. Wine­gard, who came to the Univer­sity of Guelph three years after its founding in 1964 and served as president until 1975.
Dr. Winegard remains ac­tive in the Guelph community through his involvement with many organizations including Hospice Wellington, College Heights Secondary School literacy programs, and as a member of the Guelph Rotary.
The Dr. William Winegard awards were created in 2007 in an effort to highlight the volunteerism of those in the University community who significantly contribute to Guelph and Wellington County.  “The general spirit of gen­erosity at the U of G is well known, but the invaluable contributions of individuals are sometimes overlooked,” said Cathy Taylor, Executive director of the Volunteer Centre of Guelph-Wellington. “These awards give us the opportunity to recognize the students, staff and faculty members whose volunteerism significantly con­tri­butes to the wellbeing of our community.”
Award organizers are call­ing for nominations of current university staff, faculty, or students who have devoted signi­ficant time and effort through volunteer involvement with community organizations including municipal boards, com­munity fundraising, com­munity social health and service agencies, and other non-profit organizations.
Nomination packages are available online at www.­vol­ and should be submitted by March 20. The awards will be pre­sented on April 3 in preparation for the annual National Volunteer Week, which is being held April 27 to May 3  celebrating this year’s theme From Compassion to Action.