What kind of nominee are you looking for?
Broadly speaking, the Flare Volunteer Awards judging panel is looking for women volunteers whose volunteer contributions have made a significant difference to the lives of people in their communities. Their impact may have touched a vast number of people in their community, province or throughout Canada (for example, she may have founded a national charity organization) or just a few (for example, she may tutor neighbourhood children to read and write). The most important aspect is that she saw a need in her community and responded. Flare Volunteer Award recipients show examples of volunteer leadership and initiative. To read about last year’s award recipients, please click here.
How can I increase my nominee’s chances of winning?
Please be clear, precise, and detailed in your nomination. List specific examples of her volunteer contributions and achievements and how she has made a significant difference in the lives of people in her community. Outline any evidence and examples that you may have. Instead of writing “She helped an elderly neighbour with household chores” use concrete examples, such as: “When she noticed that her 75 year old neighbour was having difficulty, she would help her out on a weekly basis with cooking their meals, helping with their laundry, and taking her to her weekly doctor appointments in the adjacent town”.
Are there any restrictions to consider a nomination valid?
Yes. The nominee must be female, have been 18 years of age or older in 2008 and be a resident of Canada. Her volunteer activities, whether in Canada or abroad, must have been in association with Canadian-based organizations.
How do I submit my completed nomination?
Nomination forms for The 2009 FLARE Volunteer Awards coming soon…
Can I include other materials in the nomination?
Yes. If you have recent news clippings or other documents that talks about your nominee, you can send them with your nomination. All nominations however are restricted to a maximum of 10 pages including supporting material if any. Do not submit videos or CDs. Submitted nominations should not be in a presentation folder.
What is the deadline for nominations?
Check back soon…
Do I have to tell my nominee I am submitting her name?
Yes. All nominees need to consent to the conditions of the award and show their consent with their signature at the bottom of the nomination form. Official Rules & Regulations are listed on the nomination forms.
How does my nominee sign the official nomination form if I am submitting the nomination online?
If you are submitting your nomination online then you may type the nominee’s name on the signature line. This will indicate that the nominee is fully aware of the nomination and its full contents.
If my nominee wins, what happens then?
The 2009 Flare Volunteer Award recipients will be contacted via phone by Flare Magazine in late March, 2009. Once recipients have confirmed their acceptance of the award, each winner will be invited to an awards ceremony to be held in early May 2009 in Toronto. Each recipient will be flown to and from Toronto to their home city and be our guest at a luxury hotel in the city. Dates or any additional dates required are subject to change.