Nominations sought for 2009 Winegard volunteer awards

The University of Guelph, the United Way of Guelph and Wellington and the Volunteer Centre of Guelph and Wellington are calling for nominations for the third an­nual Dr. William Winegard exem­plary volunteer involve­ment awards.

The awards annually recog­nize significant community involvement of a University of Guelph student, staff, and faculty member.

“The generosity of staff, students, and faculty at the Uni­versity of Guelph is invaluable to our community,” said Ken Dardano, executive director of the United Way.

“The Wine­gard awards give us the opportunity to recognize individuals of the university community who truly are mak­ing a difference.”

The awards honour of past University of Guelph Presi­dent, Dr. William Winegard.  He came to the school three years after its founding in 1964 and served as president until 1975. After retiring from aca­demia and U of G, he served as a Member of Parliament for Guelph from 1984 to 1993 and was named Officer of the Order of Canada in 1998.

Organizers want nomina­tions of current University of Guelph staff, faculty, or stud­ents who have devoted signi­ficant time and effort through volunteer involvement with community organizations in­clud­ing municipal boards, com­munity fundraising, com­munity health and service agen­cies, and other non-profit organizations.

Nomination pack­ages are available at www.vol­unteer­ and should be sub­mitted by March 25. The awards will be pre­sented in a ceremony in early April in preparation for Nation­al Volunteer Week April 19 to 25.