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Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for Port Coquitlam’s Volunteer Recognition Awards?

Past Port Coquitlam Volunteer Recognition Award recipients are not eligible for all categories except Lifetime Volunteer, but past nominees are eligible for any category. Nominations must be for an individual (couples or group nominations are not eligible).

Nominees do not have to be a resident of Port Coquitlam, but should meet at least one of the following criteria:  

What are the nomination categories?

Arts, Heritage and Cultural Awareness – Preserves and celebrates Port Coquitlam’s past and shares our community heritage with others; promotes the arts and cultural development of our community.

Caring and Safety – Enhances and promotes the community through caring actions and outstanding acts of humanitarianism; contributes towards making Port Coquitlam a safer place for residents of all ages.

Environmental Protection and Enhancement  - Demonstrates an outstanding commitment to the promotion and preservation of Port Coquitlam’s natural environment for present and future generations.

Sports and Recreation – Enhances the quality of physical activity in Port Coquitlam; contributes to the management and/or operations of a sports or recreation activity; demonstrates outstanding dedication to Port Coquitlam’s sports and recreation community.

Youth Programs – An individual who supports Port Coquitlam’s youth through the development, provision and/or participation in youth programs and activities (excluding amateur athletics; see Sports and Recreation above).

U21 – Reserved for the recognition of Port Coquitlam youth, under the age of 21, who demonstrates a commitment to our community and makes extraordinary volunteer contributions in any of the categories above.

Lifetime Volunteer – Reserved for the recognition of an individual who has dedicated many years to improving the community through their volunteer service in any area.

What is the difference between the ‘Youth Programs’ and ‘U21’ categories? Do you have to be a youth to be considered in the youth programs category?

You do not have to be a youth to be eligible for the Youth Programs Award; this category recognizes volunteers of all ages who support our community’s youth programs, excluding amateur athletics. The U21 category recognizes volunteers under the age of 21 who have demonstrated a commitment and made extraordinary contributions in any of the other five categories.

How many awards are presented in each category?

Awards will be presented to one person in each of the seven nomination categories.

Do nominees have to live in Port Coquitlam?

Yes, as long as the volunteer activities being considered for this award have either taken place in and/or had a direct and lasting benefit to the citizens of Port Coquitlam.

Can couples or groups be nominated for an award?

Port Coquitlam's Volunteer Recognition Awards are for individual recognition and couples and groups are not eligible. However, City Council is appreciative of all volunteer groups who make a positive difference in our community. You are encouraged to notify the Mayor’s Office of any volunteer group(s) you feel worthy of recognition. Please provide the name of the group, the volunteer activity(ies) and a complete mailing address. During National Volunteer Week, Mayor Moore will send a personal letter to the group along with a Certificate of Appreciation.

Who can submit a nomination?

There are no restrictions. Award nominations are gratefully accepted from all individuals, groups and organizations.
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How do I nominate someone?

To nominate a volunteer for the City’s Volunteer Recognition Awards, you'll need to complete a nomination form and compile supporting information. When nominations are open, our main page will have links to the nomination checklist and online nomination form.

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Can I nominate a volunteer in more than one category?

Select only one nomination category. If your nominee is involved in several different areas, select the category that best describes the majority of the individual's volunteer activities.
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Can a volunteer be nominated more than once?

Yes, but not by the same person. Because the awards nominations are submitted in confidence, occasionally several groups/individuals may nominate the same volunteer for a Volunteer Recognition Award.
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Are past nominees eligible for this year's Volunteer Recognition Awards?

Yes. As long as the volunteer has not previously received a Volunteer Recognition Award from the City of Port Coquitlam, he or she is eligible. If you are not certain, review the list of previous award recipients or contact the Mayor's Office at 604.927.5410 or admin@portcoquitlam.ca for confirmation.
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When is the nomination deadline?

The nomination deadline is in March of each year. Please check our main page for this year's deadlines.
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Do you accept nominations after the deadline?

To be fair to all nominees and to allow the Awards Selection Committee sufficient time to consider all the nominations, late nominations will not be considered for the awards.
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What is the selection criteria for the awards?

Port Coquitlam's Volunteer Recognition Awards recognize individuals:

The Selection Committee Reviews the nominations received using the following criteria to evaluate the nominee's volunteer activities:

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How is the Awards Selection Committee chosen?

The Awards Selection Committee includes the recipients of the previous year’s Volunteer Recognition Awards, Mayor Greg Moore and a City staff member whom also participates on the Committee as a non-voting member. The Lifetime Volunteer Award recipient is selected by City Council.
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How are award nominees recognized?

All eligible nominees for the Volunteer Recognition Awards are, along with a guest, invited to attend an Awards and Tribute Gala held in April during Volunteer Appreciation Week. All nominees receive a Certificate of Appreciation and a civic lapel pin commemorating Port Coquitlam’s volunteers. The seven Volunteer Recognition Award recipients will also receive a personalized etched glass award.

Award recipients will also have their names added to Honour Rolls hung in the foyer at City Hall.
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Are award recipients and/or their sponsors notified beforehand if their nomination has been selected for an award?

Volunteer Recognition Award recipients are announced at a special Awards Tribute held each year during Volunteer Appreciation Week in April. All nominees and a guest are invited to attend the event.

The names of the award recipients are not shared with anyone prior to that event. It ruins the surprise!

Following the Tribute, a press release is sent to the local newspapers and the names of the selected award recipients are usually published in the newspapers as well as appearing on the City's website.
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How do I submit an online submission?

A link for an online nomination form is posted on our main page when nominations are open.

For more information

Tel  604.927.5335
Fax 604.927.5331
Email  communications@portcoquitlam.ca

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Last Updated:3/2/2016 2:09:56 PM