AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Volunteer Markham’s Community CHAMPIONS Award

All heroes don’t wear capes!  Take time now to click on the link below to thank someone that has made it part of their day to make yours better.  Come back anytime to nominate those that make our community a better place to live.    Open to everyone!

Meet Our Award Winning Volunteer Champions

The Spotlight in January is on: 

George Sheen supporting The Foundation Fighting Blindness and Thornhill Seniors Camera Club

Manha and Laiba Yusuf supporting Mental Health, 360 Kids, Yellow Brick House, Inn From the Cold, Ontario Humane Society, Rose of Sharon

Shanta Sunderson leading and supporting community based initiatives helping thousands during Covid-19 through We-Care York Region

Tauseef Raza Syed supporting Volunteer Markham

Leeya Wilson supporting the Toronto Wildlife Centre (Wildlife Care Volunteer)

Jennifer Law supporting the Toronto Wildlife Centre

Rehana Doobay supporting the Yellow Brick House

Anne Nicholson supporting Markham Inter-Church Committee For Affordable Housing (MICAH)

Emily Strike supporting SickKids Hospital, Centre For Dreams, Em’s Entourage, Community Basketball

The Spotlight in February is on: 

David Smith supporting Markham Inter-Church Committee For Affordable Housing (MICAH)

Ilon Bergshoeff supporting Markham Inter-Church Committee For Affordable Housing (MICAH)

Suku Navaratnam supporting Markham Inter-Church Committee For Affordable Housing (MICAH)

Iain Marshall supporting Markham Inter-Church Committee For Affordable Housing (MICAH)

Paul Scotland supporting Markham Inter-Church Committee For Affordable Housing (MICAH)

Sydney Yang supporting 10,000 Trees for the Rouge

Robert Roszell supporting 10,000 Trees for the Rouge

Kenneth Lee supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters York

Joseph Ventura supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters York

Evan Colarossi supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters York

Francesco Giardulli supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters York

Pat Little supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters York

Linda Caruso supporting Yellow Brick House

Lakysha Moonemalle supporting the “Change the World Markham” Youth Leadership Team at Volunteer Markham (CTW Markham)

The Spotlight in March is on:

Yvonne Hoogeveen supporting Markham Inter-Church Committee For Affordable Housing (MICAH)

Carolyn Stephenson supporting Markham Inter-Church Committee For Affordable Housing (MICAH)

Candice Miller supporting WSMHA (Whitchurch Stouffville Minor Hockey Association)

Barbara Ribble supporting Markham Inter-Church Committee For Affordable Housing (MICAH)

Louise Greco Conforti supporting Markham Inter-Church Committee For Affordable Housing (MICAH)

Lily Ing supporting Markham/Unionville Terry Fox Run, 351 Silver Star Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, Markham Regional Ringette Association

Ehsha Vig supporting Markham Ringette Association -Bear Cubs

Jocelyn Inward supporting Markham Ringette Association -Bear Cubs

Olivia Fasan supporting The Food Bank of York Region, Vaughan Cortellucci Hospital and York Region Learning Disability Association

Ruth Showman supporting Mackenzie Health

Aida Meras supporting The Food Bank of York Region

Loretta Pisano supporting The Food Bank of York Region

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Name

Award Category

Volunteering Experience

Emily Strike

Youth + Students Social Service

SickKids Hospital Ambassador, CF Dream Team Member, Community Basketball (previous)

Lakysha Moonemalle

Youth + Students Social Service

Youth Programs Team (Volunteer Markham)

Manha Yusuf

Youth + Students Social Service

Mental health, 360 kids, yellow brick house, in from the cold, Ontario humane society, Rose of Sharon

Tauseef Raaz

Newcomer Community

Volunteer Markham

George Sheen

Patron Community

Fighting Blindness Canada; Thornhill Seniors Camera Club

Stephanie Pollard

Community

WSMHA (Whitchurch Stouffville Minor Hockey Association)

Rehana Doobay

Social Service

Yellow Brick House

Kenneth Li

Social Service

Big Brothers Big Sisters of York

Sue Drummond

Community

WSMHA (Whitchurch Stouffville Minor Hockey Association)

Lily Ing

Community

Markham/Unionville Terry Fox Run, 351 Silver Star Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, Markham Regional Ringette

Shanta Sunderason

Social Service

In addition to running a youth social group, Shaunta started a community volunteer group of over 200 members for distributing PPE items and essential goods to people and kids in need. When vaccinations were available, Shanta quickly founded PinkCars.ca to ensure all seniors received their vaccinations.

Team Award: MICAH (Markham Inter-Church Committee for Affordable Housing)  

The Spotlight in April is on: 

Stephanie Pollard supporting WSMHA (Whitchurch Stouffville Minor Hockey Association)

Stephanie Lee supporting Markham Ringette Association – Bear Cubs

Emma Cai supporting Markham Ringette Association- Bear Cubs

Stephanie Zahn supporting Markham Ringette Association – Bear Cubs

Bethan Thomas supporting Markham Ringette Association – Bear Cubs

Victoria Zhou supporting Volunteer Markham

Briana Zhong supporting Junior Markham Youth Council (JMYC) at the Cornell Community Centre; Gifts That Smile ; 360°kids Youth Ambassador Leader; Go Wild Nature Kits with World Wildlife Fund Canada

Abirah Rajeswaran supporting Change the World Markham and Volunteer Markham

At Volunteer Markham, we know that VOLUNTEERS are a precious resource in our community.  By generously giving their time and talent they strengthen our social fabric, improve our health and wellness, and protect our environment. Their contributions make life richer and better for all, and make our community  a better place.

Volunteer Markham is launching a recognition program to acknowledge outstanding volunteers in three categories:

Social Services Support, Community Spirit, Global Spirit

Nominees must be received by the 17th of each for that month’s review.  All nominees will be considered for the quarterly CHAMPIONS AWARD.  Every nominee will receive recognition from Volunteer Markham.

Watch here how the passion of volunteering has made a difference at MICAH (Markham Inter-Church Committee for Affordable Housing). 

To nominate an outstanding volunteer follow this link

Stay tuned right here for our SPOTLIGHT on nominees monthly!

 

Volunteer Markham’s Stanley Cup Award

Volunteer Markham has been providing services for over 40 years largely through the efforts of volunteers.  The Stanley Cup Award was created over 20 years ago as a legacy and recognition to the impact that one volunteer can and did make.  The Stanley Cup Award is presented annually, during Volunteer Appreciation Week, to a Volunteer Markham distinguished volunteer who continues on giving and serving as an inspiration to us all.

Seen here is Volunteer Markham’s own team of Champions celebrating the VM Stanley Cup Award with City of Markham Mayor, Councillors and staff.

Additional Ways To Have Volunteers Recognized

Achieve Ontario is an official, standardized volunteer experience record that allows organizations and community members to acknowledge the immense contributions made by volunteers. It recognizes the skills, tasks, time and talent that goes into each volunteer opportunity and elevates outstanding individuals.

Ontario Volunteer Awards:  Learn how to nominate someone for a Provincial Award including:

  1. Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers

  2. Ontario Volunteer Service Awards

  3. June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Volunteerism

  4. Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award for Students

Other Provincial honours and awards can be found here.

National Volunteer Week  April 18-24, 2021

The National Volunteer Week theme for 2021, The Value of One, The Power of Many, reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals AND the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose.  

Get inspired:  Volunteer Markham and “organizations from coast to coast to coast joined in celebrating Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers virtually in April by sharing photos, videos and kind words on social media.  Check out their volunteer recognition posts on  Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.”