The fact that our community has so many incredible volunteers shows that we take Pride in Our Community. It's the theme this year for the Volunteers Are Stars Awards, happening April 14. We'll also be celebrating National Volunteer Week (April 12 - 18) at the same time. 


When somebody decides to donate their time for a cause they believe in, it shows the sense of stewardship that they have for their community. You know they're proud of where they live and that they care about making Richmond a better place. We should all be proud that our community is full of these outstanding volunteers. 


It's that spirit of giving back that the Volunteers Are Stars Awards and National Volunteer Week celebrate. We hope you'll join us this April as we show our community pride. 

 

 


NOMINATE A STAR VOLUNTEER TODAY!


Who can be nominated?

Any individual, organization, association, or corporation whose voluntary, unpaid efforts have positively impacted the Richmond community. This includes:


  • non-profit organizations, groups, or service clubs
  • educational institutions, hospitals, government departments, unions, professional and trade associations
  • media organizations, public or private corporations
  • individuals or groups of individuals

 

Who can submit a nomination?

Anyone! Both individuals and organizations are encouraged to submit nominations for consideration. All nominees will receive a certificate of nomination. 


How are the winners chosen?

The Volunteers Are Stars Awards Committee reviews all nominations. Committee members are representative of the Richmond community, with extensive knowledge, experience, and involvement in the voluntary sector. Awards recipients are selected on the basis of the information submitted and the criteria outlined for each particular category. Length of service is not necessarily a determining factor. The awards are designed to represent a variety of volunteer and community involvement in Richmond and recipients will reflect this diversity. 


Award Categories

Constellation Award

Honours volunteers and volunteer groups for their service and contributions to the community. Four awards are given: two individuals and two groups.


Shooting Star Award

Young people are leading the growth in volunteerism today. The Shooting Star Award honours youth volunteers under 25 years of age. 


Nova Star Award

Honours organizations that have carried out their objectives with creativity and innovation, all while responding to the needs of the community. 


Shining Star Award

Honours businesses for their contribution to strengthen the community either through volunteer time/programs, expertise, or funding to non-profit groups. 


Milan Ilich Award for Leadership (Formerly Star of Richmond)

Named after the late philanthropist Milan Ilich, one of Richmond's most inspirational figures, this award honours an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the non-profit sector. 





To purchase tickets for the Volunteers Are Stars Awards Gala on April 14, please click here. For more information, please call 604-279-7020 or email info@rcrg.org


 

 


Dan Pallotta

With over 3.4 million views, Dan Pallotta’s TED Talk is one of the most watched of all time. What makes his message so compelling? 

For one, Dan is a builder of movements. He invented the multi-day charitable event industry with the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Days. These events raised in excess of half a billion dollars in nine years, and altered the landscape of options for ordinary individuals seeking to make an extraordinary difference. 

Dan is also one of the charitable sector’s most passionate advocates. He is the author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, a best-selling title that contributed to a new conversation about economic freedom for the humanitarian sector. His newest book is Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World. It’s been described by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. as “an Apollo program for American philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.” 

Dan is the founder and Chief Humanity Officer of Advertising for Humanity, a full-service brand and inspiration agency for the humanitarian sector. He is also founder and President of the Charity Defense Council, a national leadership movement dedicated to transforming the way the donating public thinks about charity and change. 

Above all, though, Dan’s message resonates because of the messenger. A gifted communicator, Dan has an incredible ability to connect with audiences of all types, from non-profits to businesses, from fundraisers to executives. 

He is a William J. Clinton Distinguished Lecturer, and has spoken at Stanford, Wharton, Harvard Business School, Harvard's Hauser Center for Nonprofits, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Tufts University, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Council on Foundations, the Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and the Milken Institute, among others.Dan is also a featured weekly contributor to the Harvard Business Review online.

 

 


We're able to host an amazing community event because of our equally amazing sponsors. To each of them, all we can say, over and over, is thanks. 

 


Sponsorship opportunities are still available! To learn how you can be part of the 2015 Volunteers Are Stars Awards, call 604-279-7020 or e-mail info@volunteerrichmond.ca



 

For the 2014 Volunteers Are Stars Awards, we wanted to turn up the volume on volunteerism. On April 16, at the River Rock Show Theatre, we did just that. The evening didn't lack for inspirational moments. There was a moving tribute to long time Richmond volunteer Ted Lorenz, who sadly passed away earlier in the year. Keynote speaker Pauline Rafferty, meanwhile, eloquently linked volunteerism to the fight for social justice, in a speech that highlighted her work as a Trustee at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. And then there were the stars of the show: the volunteers, the community groups, the innovative organizations, and the caring companies. In total, 37 of them were nominated for awards, and nine won. We're not sure how you measure community spirit, but on this night, in that room, it was off the charts. You could feel it: together, we had raised the volume on volunteerism. 

 

Milan Ilich Award for Leadership

Honours an individual who has demonstrated exeptional leadership in the non-profit sector.

 

Barbara Goodwin

 

Constellation Award - Individual

Honours individual volunteers for their service and contribution to the community.

 

Jim Lamond

 

Linda Wong

 

Constellation Award - Group

Honours volunteer groups for their service and contribution to the community.

 

Richmond Restorative Justice Program

 

Nite of Hope Committee

 

Shooting Star Award

Honours youth volunteers under 25 years of age.

 

Steven Chen

 

Hans Choi

 

Nova Star Award

Honours organizations that have carried out their objectives with creativity and innovation, responding to the needs of the community.

 

RichCity Idol

 

Shining Star Award

Honours businesses for their contribution to strengthen the community either through volunteer time/programs, expertise, or funding to non-profit groups.

 

Lansdowne Centre



 

It was the first time we've held the Volunteers Are Stars Awards during National Volunteer Week. It was also the first time that River Rock Casino played host. And it was definitely the first time that Rick Hansen has given a keynote presentation at the event. (Needless to say, his speech was pitch perfect for the occasion, and inspired everybody in the room.) As we said all along leading up to the Awards - sometimes with complete confidence, sometimes a bit nervously - "change is good." That turned out to be true, thanks to amazing support from our sponsors, equally amazing support from the community, and a group of nominees whose dedication, passion, enthusiasm, and creativity speak to the enduring strength of Richmond's volunteer spirit. Among the 52 nominees there were 10 winners, whom you can read more about below. And of course there were no losers on the evening, just 52 stars shining brightly, making our entire community shine with them. 

 

Milan Ilich Award for Leadership

Honours an individual who has demonstrated exeptional leadership in the non-profit sector.

 

Brian Williams

 

Constellation Award - Individual

Honours individual volunteers for their service and contribution to the community.

 

George Atkinson

 

Gaby Merner

 

Constellation Award - Group

Honours volunteer groups for their service and contribution to the community.

 

Richmond RCMP Auxiliary Constables

 

Richmond Hospital Healthcare Auxiliary

 

Shooting Star Award

Honours youth volunteers under 25 years of age.

 

Amy Wang

 

Catherine McDonald

 

Nova Star Award

Honours organizations that have carried out their objectives with creativity and innovation, responding to the needs of the community.

 

Steveston Salmon Festival

Cinevolution Media Arts Society

 

Shining Star Award

Honours businesses for their contribution to strengthen the community either through volunteer time/programs, expertise, or funding to non-profit groups.

 

Ampri Group


 


Star of Richmond Award

Honours an individual who has demonstrated exeptional leadership in the non-profit sector.

 

Kim Jones

 

Constellation Award - Individual

Honours individual volunteers for their service and contribution to the community.

 

George Agnew

 

Louise Young

 

Constellation Award - Group

Honours volunteer groups for their service and contribution to the community.

 

The Richmond Youth Foundation

 

Hand Up to Hope

 

Shooting Star Award

Honours youth volunteers under 25 years of age.

 

Som Ghosh

 

Teddy Shih

 

Nova Star Award

Honours organizations that have carried out their objectives with creativity and innovation, responding to the needs of the community.

 

Team ALS of BC and Yukon

 

Shining Star Award

Honours businesses for their contribution to strengthen the community either through volunteer time/programs, expertise, or funding to non-profit groups.

 

Innovation Networks

 

 

 

Since “International Year of the Volunteer” in 2001, the Volunteers Are Stars Awards have been shining a spotlight on the tremendous work of volunteers in our community. The Awards help build a legacy of volunteerism and showcase the voluntary efforts of countless individuals and groups. As well, by recognizing specific individuals and organizations, they focus public attention on the broad spectrum of voluntary service and community participation that sustains the vibrant and caring community in which we live.