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




We hope you have a pair of sunglasses at the ready, because this year's list of Volunteers Are Stars nominees might blind you by its sheer awesomeness. In 2014, 37 of our community's best and brightest change makers were nominated for awards, and though not all of them could win, they all deserved to. We're lucky these individuals, groups, and organizations call Richmond home. Their passion, dedication, and enthusiasm are a huge reason why our community shines so brightly.  


Individuals

Ben Branscombe  Barbara Goodwin  Brian Passer 
Jean Bruys   Jim Lamond  Paige Robertson 
Sandra Buenano  Vivian Lee  Jennifer Scott 
Chris Buller  Wei Liu  Gail Terry 
Steven Chen  Vi Mar  James Vierneza 
Hans Choi  Patti Martin  Linda Wong 
Marilyn Churchill  Gent Ng  Hans Yang 
Agnes Gaba  Gail Nichols  Lisa Yasui

Groups & Organizations

Community Action Ambassadors 

Richmond Better at Home Volunteer Team 

Country Meadows Sr. Men's Golf Tournament 

Richmond Restorative Justice Program 

Home Depot (Richmond, BC, Canada) 

Rosewood Manor Gardening Committee 

Lansdowne Centre 

Vancouver Metropolitan Lions Club 

Nite of Hope Committee  

White Spot - Richmond Centre 

RichCity Idol 

Young Investor Program Canada 

Richmond Auto Mall Association 

 



 

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then surely, the simple act of volunteering is worth many, many more. That's Because Volunteer Work Speaks Volumes. It's the theme this year for both the Volunteers Are Stars Awards, happening April 16, and National Volunteer Week, taking place April 6 - 12. 


When somebody decides to donate their time for a cause they believe in, it says everything you need to know about them. You can tell at once that they're dedicated and passionate and selfless. You know that their heart's in the right place, and that their actions will help their community become a better place. 


And a community that's full of volunteers, like Richmond? That speaks volumes, too. It also speaks with volume. The fact that our community has so many incredible volunteers is a statement - a loud one. It means that people don't just live in Richmond, but contribute to it in countless ways, all so our community will remain strong, healthy, and vibrant. 


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 turn up the volume on volunteerism. 

 

 

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. 


Nominations for the 2014 Volunteers Are Stars Awards are now closed. If you missed the deadline, don't worry - there's always next year. Speaking of which, nominations for the 2015 Volunteers Are Stars Awards will open in February. We're sure you already have someone in mind!


 

If you're here to purchase tickets for the 2014 Volunteers Are Stars Awards, unfortunately, you're a tad late. On the other hand, if you want tickets for the 2015 Awards, you're incredibly early! They'll be on sale beginning March 2015, so please, check back then!

 

 

 


Pauline Rafferty

Pauline Rafferty is the former chief executive officer of the Royal British Columbia Museum (RBCM), a position that she held from 2001 to 2012. Trained as an archaeologist, Pauline’s work first centred on archaeology, then on heritage interpretation, and later on meeting the marketing and financial needs at provincial sites such as Fort Steele and Barkerville. Throughout her career, Pauline held various high-level positions in government, and was appointed assistant deputy minister at the Ministry of Women’s Equality in 1990. After retiring from the RBCM in March 2012, she has continued to be active on the boards of both national and provincial organizations. She serves on the board of the British Columbia Government House Foundation, and The National capital commission Program and marketing committee. She is a former board member of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Victoria, Advisory Committee for the University of Victoria Cultural Resource Management Program and the Board of Variance, as well as former president of the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada. Pauline has also been honoured for her work at the RBCM, with Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal, and awards from the Canadian Museum Association, Tourism BC and other organizations.

 

 


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 2014 Volunteers Are Stars Awards, call 604-279-7020 or e-mail info@volunteerrichmond.ca



 

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.

 

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