Alberta Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award Launches for 2013

Program to award $10,000 to volunteerism across Alberta 
CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Direct Energy and the Alberta Weekly 
Newspapers Association (AWNA) invite Albertans to help recognize our 
Province's tremendous volunteer spirit with the ninth annual Volunteer Citizen 
of the Year Award.  Nominations are now being accepted and will close on 
Sunday, March 31, 2013. 
First introduced in Alberta in 2005, the Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award 
program is designed to recognize the significant efforts of individuals whose 
contributions make their communities a better place to live.  As an extension 
of an existing Direct Energy program that encourages employees to volunteer 
their time and energy to causes or organizations in their local communities, 
the Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award honors those individuals outside of 
the company who do just that. 
"Direct Energy is proud to support the 2013 Volunteer Citizen of the Year 
Award program and continue our partnership with the Alberta Weekly Newspapers 
Association," said Tanis Kozak, vice-president and general manager, Direct 
Energy.  "Year after year we are just amazed at some of the great nominations 
we receive from Albertans and this program is our way of recognizing the 
outstanding volunteer work that nominees do in their communities." 
The award consists of: 

    --  $1,000 cash prize to the winner;
    --  $5,000 cash grant to the winner's organization/cause of choice
        in their community;
    --  Recognition of the winner's achievement through a commemorative
        award, article and photo to be published in AWNA newspapers
        across Alberta;
    --  $1,000 cash grant to the four semi-finalists'
        organization/cause of choice in their communities;
    --  Recognition of the four semi-finalists through a commemorative
        award, article and photo to be published in their respective
        AWNA community papers.

"We're looking forward to once again recognizing individuals who work hard to 
make our communities great places to live," said AWNA president Murray 
Elliott. "The selfless actions of past winners like Penny Steffen of Grimshaw, 
Alberta often go unrewarded. This program is designed to showcase appreciation 
for their efforts.  I invite AWNA member newspaper publishers, editors, and 
community leaders to nominate their outstanding volunteers for the Volunteer 
Citizen of the Year Award."

The Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award is open to all residents of 
communities in the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association area. Individuals can 
either nominate themselves or be nominated by another individual or group. 
Nominations should be no longer than 750 words and must detail the specific 
contributions the individual or group has made to improve the community 
through volunteer service. The nomination must also profile the designated 
organization and how it would use the $5,000 donation from Direct Energy.

Nominations must be submitted to the AWNA by March 31, 2013. A selection 
committee, formed of two representatives from the AWNA and two appointed by 
Direct Energy, will review award applications and select the finalists and 
winning individual or group.

Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award rules and details can be found online at or, or can be picked up at AWNA 
member newspaper offices.

About Direct Energy

Direct Energy is North America's largest provider of heating & cooling, 
plumbing and electrical services and a leading energy and energy-related 
services provider with over six million residential and commercial customer 
relationships. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in 
managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and 
services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE: CNA), one of the world's leading 
integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 46 U.S. states plus the 
District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada. To learn more about Direct 
Energy, please visit

About the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association

Alberta's community newspapers reflect the images, thoughts and everyday 
happenings of the communities they serve. While these communities may vary in 
size; from tiny, isolated locations to bustling suburban centres, they share 
one important feature - a strong weekly newspaper. Today there are 118 member 
newspapers throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories. They boast a 
combined circulation of 900,460. The smallest newspaper circulates 443 copies 
each week; the largest - 127,593. We are part of a Canada-wide network of 
community newspapers through the Canadian Community Newspapers Association 
(CCNA). Together with six other provincial associations, we represent nearly 
650 newspapers.

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