GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL – The list of Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame inductees is impressive.
From groups and associations, communities and individuals, those on the list since its inception in 2012 have given so much of themselves to serve others.
In reviewing the list, however, inductees from the Exploits Valley are hard to find.
This could be because there were no nominations from the area, or someone else was selected over them, explained Trudy Carlisle, executive director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Newfoundland and Labrador.
“I’m not on the selection committee but I’ve been told they get some really amazing nominations and sometimes it’s very difficult decision,” Carlisle explained.
This isn’t surprising as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are known for their giving spirits, and everyone must know someone they can nominate for the Volunteer Hall of Fame, launched by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Newfoundland and Labrador as a platform to honour the great volunteers in the province in a long-lasting and meaningful way.
Nominations are now open and Carlisle is encouraging nominations from across the province.
“The Volunteer Hall of Fame embraces one of the core values and key components of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – compassion and service to others,” Carlisle said. “One of (our) aims is to teach young people the importance of giving back to others through volunteer service. VHOF inductees are a shining example of adults who have made a difference in their communities and are wonderful role models to Duke of Edinburgh … participants who are just beginning to give back to their communities.”
Showing the youth of this province the value and impact of community service is one of the purposes of the Volunteer Hall of Fame. The other is to recognize the outstanding efforts of life-long volunteers who have a made significant impact in their communities and in the lives of others
Nominees do not need to be volunteers with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award; however, there are standards they need to meet.
Nominees can be individuals or organizations known in their communities for giving selflessly of their time for the benefit of others without reward or compensation. Nominees must have a long-standing history of volunteering and making a significant impact in their communities and a difference in lives others.
There will be a maximum of eight inductees per year. Two per year can be posthumous
Anyone can nominate a person or organization as long as they submit the Volunteer Hall of Fame nomination form and at least one letter of support from someone in the community who is aware of the nominee’s service.
The deadline for nominations is May 7.
The selection committee will review nominations and 2018 inductees will be announced in September 2018. They will be honored at the Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame Awards Gala in the late fall in St. John’s.
For more information and to download the nomination form, visit volunteerhalloffame.ca or call The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Office at 753-0423.