Nominations are open for revamped Volunteers Are Stars Awards

Nominations are open for the Volunteers Are Stars Awards, which take place April 22 at the River Rock Show Theatre.

The Volunteers are Stars Awards are a celebration of Richmond’s enduring volunteer spirit. They recognize the individuals, groups, non-profit organizations, and caring companies whose voluntary efforts positively impact our community.

Since they began in 2001, the Volunteers Are Stars Awards have been held in December, to commemorate the International Day of the Volunteer. The move to April means they now coincide with National Volunteer Week.

“It was time for a change,” says Elizabeth Specht, Executive Director of Volunteer Richmond Information Services. “In fact, our theme this year is ‘A Change of Season.’ We felt it would be fitting for the Volunteers Are Stars Awards to kick off National Volunteer Week. Hopefully, the timing of the event will help us shine an even brighter spotlight on the nominees and award recipients.”

It’s not only the date that’s changed, however; there’s also a new venue. The River Rock Casino Resort will host the event for the first time, in addition to acting as presenting sponsor with Volunteer Richmond Information Services.

And then there’s this year’s Keynote Speaker: the Man in Motion himself, Rick Hansen.

“It’s shaping up to be an amazing event,” says Specht. “To make it even more amazing, we need the public to nominate the change makers in our community. They do such remarkable work, but too often go unrecognized. The Volunteers Are Stars Awards are the perfect opportunity to thank them for all that they do.”

Anyone can nominate an individual, community group, non-profit organization, or caring company for a Volunteers Are Stars award by completing a nomination form at before the March 22 deadline. As part of a special early bird promotion, nominations submitted by March 8 will be entered in a draw for two free tickets to the awards ceremony.

The 2011 Volunteers Are Stars award recipients were: Star of Richmond – Kim Jones; Constellation Award: Individual – George Agnew and Louise Young; Constellation Award: Group – the Richmond Youth Foundation and Hand Up to Hope; Shooting Star Award (youth under 25) – Som Ghosh and Teddy Shih; Nova Star Award – Team ALS of BC and Yukon; Shining Star Award – Innovation Networks.

Volunteer Richmond Information Services is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of Richmond residents by bringing people and services together through community information and volunteerism. For more information call 604-279-7020 or see

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