MP puts out call for outstanding volunteers

The federal government is looking for nominations for the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards.

Do you know an outstanding volunteer in the community?

The federal government is looking for nominations for the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards, and MP David Wilks is looking for residents in the East Kootenay worthy of the honour.

“There are many deserving award recipients in this region, but someone must nominate them,” Wilks said in a recent release.

Nominations are accepted until March 1 and are accepted for the regional and national components. Regionally, non-profit groups, individual volunteers and businesses are honoured. The national component recognizes new volunteers and lifelong achievements.

“The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards recognize the contributions of volunteers, businesses and not-for-profit organizations that help make communities stronger,” Wilks said.

The recipients will receive a grant for $5,000 for the regional component and $10,000 for the national component to go to a non-profit of their choice. There will be an awards reception.

Nominators can be anyone with knowledge of the nominee’s contributions to the community.

The awards were handed out for the first time on Dec. 14, 2012 in Ottawa. For more information contact Wilks’ office at (613) 995-7246 or email him at