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United Way extends call for community's top volunteers

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Mar 18, 2014 - 11:28 AM |
GenNext Volunteer Awards honour and celebrate a number of volunteers, aged 20 to 39, for their exceptional work in the Greater Sudbury community. Supplied

GenNext Volunteer Awards honour and celebrate a number of volunteers, aged 20 to 39, for their exceptional work in the Greater Sudbury community. Supplied

United Way Sudbury and Nipissing Districts and its GenNext Program are seeking nominations for the GenNext Volunteer Awards.

The due date for nominations has been extended until April 4, 2014.

The awards aim to honour and celebrate a number of volunteers, aged 20 to 39, for their exceptional work in the Greater Sudbury community. Once again, GenNext is eager to raise awareness of the importance of young peoples’ contributions within the community.



GenNext is a program that encourages people in their 20s and 30s to become involved with United Way through giving and volunteering. As leaders in the community themselves, GenNexters understand the importance of the contributions of young people in the community.

Miranda Rocca-Circelli, GenNext cabinet chair, invites the community to honour volunteers.

“Young volunteers are our community’s future. By recognizing young volunteers’ involvement now, we can secure a strong, vibrant place to live later.”

This year volunteers can be nominated in seven separate categories: Volunteer of the Year, Active Living, Arts and Culture, Mentorship, Social Justice, Leadership and Environmental Advocacy.

Andrew Olivier, last year’s Social Justice Award recipient, understands the value of recognizing young volunteers who are making a difference.

“Recognizing volunteers is very important because these individuals are integral to the success of the people and agencies they are helping,” said Olivier. “The United Way GenNext Volunteer Awards puts volunteers in the spotlight and because of their selfless nature, these awards just amplify that gratitude that is felt by volunteers.”

Olivier is an active volunteer in the community; he is the board chair of ICAN-Independence Centre and Network, is a member of the city’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, and is a leader in advocating for people with disabilities.

Winners will be celebrated at United Way’s Annual General Meeting on May 14, 2014. 


For more information or for a nomination form, contact Sarah Dost at [email protected] or 705-560-3330 ext. 216.

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