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Nominate a star volunteer in your community

A shot of the Alberta legislature building in Edmonton. (CREDIT: iStock)

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) — Nominations are now open for The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards, which recognizes those making a lasting impact in their communities.

Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, Leela Aheer SAID “Volunteers are the driving force behind the recreational, social and cultural programs that make our communities great. During these challenging times, it is more important than ever to recognize volunteers helping Albertans stay connected and feel supported.”

The Stars of Alberta awards highlight and pay tribute to volunteers who give their time, energy and skills to make a difference in the lives of Albertans with two awards in each of the following categories:

Youth (up to 24 years of age)

In addition, the Breaking Barriers category recognizes exceptional volunteers who are working to create communities that are diverse and inclusive. Three awards are presented in this category to individuals who are addressing racism, advocating for LGBTQ2S+ inclusion and fighting gender discrimination in their communities.

The awards are part of the government’s commitment to recognize the contributions of Alberta’s volunteers and is celebrated annually on or around International Volunteer Day on Dec. 5. Since the inception of the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards in 2000, 136 volunteers from across the province have been honoured.

Albertans are encouraged to submit nominations online before the deadline of Sept. 15.

Alberta has more than 26,400 non-profit organizations and, each year, more than 1.6 million Albertans provide more than 262 million volunteer hours to support the non-profit and voluntary sector at a value of $5.6 billion.