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
-- $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
www.awna.com or www.directenergy.com/vcoy-alberta, 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 www.directenergy.com.
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
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