Nominations sought for volunteer awards

The Volunteer Centre of Guelph-Wellington is taking nominations for the 5th an­nual Wellington County Vol­unteer Appreciation awards. The deadline for submis­sions is March 31.


Christine Oldfield came to county council on Feb. 25 to ask for support in finding nomi­nees. “We encourage you to sup­port it as widely as you can,” she said.

Councillor Lou Maieron has been the county liaison for the awards with the centre since they began and he noted al­most every year, each muni­cipality in the county has had nominees. He said those nomi­nated can be individuals or entire service groups or clubs. He added the nomina­tion does not have to come from a local council. “Even just a neighbour can make a nomi­nation,” he said. “Anyone in the community you believe has done good work.”

The nominations have to be made by March 31. The winners will be saluted at county coun­cil in April, which is Volunteer Month. The awards program, in partnership with the county, recognizes and honours signi­ficant contributions of indivi­duals who devote volunteer time and effort to the conti­nuous development of local non-­profit and charitable orga­ni­zations in Wellington County. It is those volunteers whose generosity of time and spirit provide outstanding service to the community and inspire others to contribute to making Wellington County a better place in which to live, work and play.

There will be one recipient named from each municipality in Wellington County. Every­one is encouraged to consider nomi­nating a volunteer from those areas. Nomination packages are available by contacting the Volunteer Centre of Guelph-Wellington at 1-866-693-3318 or 519-822-0912. They can also be downloaded from volun­teer­ and from www.county.­well­ing­