Nominate student volunteers for ministry’s Volunteer Service Awards


Once again, the Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership (CSEL) is looking for outstanding student volunteers to nominate for the 2016 Ontario Volunteer Service Award. (Note: Please forward this message to your teams.)

Niagara College can nominate up to nine students for the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration’s Volunteer Service Award under the youth volunteer category. The award recognizes individuals for continuous years of commitment and dedicated service to an organization. Nominations are being compiled by the CSEL and employees are invited to recommend a qualifying student or recent graduate as a candidate for this award.



Students that are in their second year of volunteering at Niagara College are eligible for this award. To qualify for the award, a student must meet the following criteria:

• Is under 24 years of age at the time of nomination;

• Has been actively involved in the on-campus and/or in the community as a Niagara College student for a continuous period of two years or more including active volunteering in 2016;

• Has been active beyond simple membership, i.e.: nominees should exemplify personal initiative, leadership, and dedication to the on-campus and/or off-campus community; and

• Has not received payment for their volunteering or completed their volunteering as part of their regular responsibilities as a student.


Nominate a student

To nominate a student, please submit to the following information to Dana Brown, Community Engagement and Volunteer Co-ordinator ( by Friday, January 20:

• Student’s name;

• Confirmation that the student is under 24 years of age;

•  Academic program; and

• The student’s Co-Curricular Record (draft is acceptable) or a brief outline of the student’s volunteer experience, highlighting how the student has contributed to the college or community as a Niagara College student. Experiences must meet the criteria listed above.



As in the past few years, the CSEL hopes to submit nominees who represent a broad range of academic program areas and who have participated in various types of volunteer experiences. In the event there are more applicants than allowable submissions, special consideration will be given to nominees who have actively submitted their experiences to their Co-Curricular Record.

The awards will be presented later in 2017 at special ceremonies held across Ontario where recipients are presented with a personalized certificate and a stylized trillium service pin acknowledging their years of service.

Full details about the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards are available here.
Thank you in advance for nominating our deserving students. If you have any questions about this process or require assistances to complete your nomination please contact Dana Brown, Community Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator

-Submitted by The Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership

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