Barb Gemmell Catalyst Award for Excellence in Volunteer Management

39th Annual Virtual Volunteer Awards

39th Annual Virtual Volunteer Awards

Saturday, October 1, 2022
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Deadline for nominations is
Monday May 30, 2022


Barb Gemmell Catalyst Award for Excellence in Volunteer Management

Leaders of Volunteers are the bridge between people who want to see a change in the world and the non-profit and charitable organizations with the mandates to make change happen. They leverage the skills and the passion that a volunteer has for a cause, with an organization or cause that can help them make a difference in their chosen arena. The number one reason people want to volunteer their time is to make a difference in their community and volunteer managers are a catalyst for that action.

The Barb Gemmell Catalyst Award for Excellence in Volunteer Management recognizes that the ability to inspire and influence, whether it be volunteers, community partners, management, or other staff, is at the core of being a leader of volunteers and is critical to the success of every volunteer program - large or small - in the province of Manitoba.

This award aims to recognize a leader of volunteers in the province of Manitoba who has distinguished themselves through innovative best practices with regards to the recruitment, retention, and recognition of volunteers.

The award recipient will exhibit several of the characteristics below and selection will be based upon the degree of demonstrated excellence and the impact of their actions relative to the following award criteria:

Excellence in ...Commitment

A committed leader of volunteers demonstrates a dedication to their work, which contributes to creating a supportive environment and culture for volunteer involvement. This is shown when:

  • Successful and meaningful best practices in volunteer management are consistently utilized;
  • There is an ability to assess needs, skills and interests of a diverse population of volunteers and inspire them to develop their potential;
  • A supportive environment and culture for volunteer involvement is created throughout the organization;
  • There is demonstrated evidence of the impact of the volunteer program on the organization's ability to fulfill its mandate as well as success stories from volunteers, staff and community.

Excellence in....Innovation

An innovative leader shows creativity when confronted with challenges, issues or a need or desire for improvement. One might approach their work in the following ways:

  • Actively seek ways to strengthen volunteer engagement beyond the status quo;
  • Proactively identify new ideas, approaches or creative ways to improve upon processes or service delivery;
  • Implement change in a positive manner and strive to ensure its success.

Excellence in...Leadership

A strong leader demonstrates a unique ability to guide and inspire others, which in turn contributes to the effective and efficient engagement of volunteers throughout the organization. Evidence of strong leadership includes the following:

  • Builds strong relationships both within the organization, and in the community, that support a high level of trust and credibility;
  • Encourages personal and professional development in others;
  • Shares knowledge and expertise, inspires colleagues and/or peers;
  • Adapts readily to new situations.

Eligibility Criteria

The award recipient:

  • demonstrates exceptional leadership of volunteers
  • is currently involved in the volunteer management field
  • has at least 3 years of experience in a volunteer management role, either paid or unpaid (can include contract work, part-time, or full-time work leading volunteers)
  • has education, professional certification, and/or active membership related to profession
  • cannot be self-nominated

Nomination Forms

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