Commitment, passion, energy, flexibility, creativity and, above all, reliability — these are just some of the qualities that make up a truly great volunteer.
To that end, Lifetime magazine, produced by the Vancouver Courier, is launching its second annual Senior Volunteer of the Year Award, presented by Opal by Element Lifestyle Retirement Community. The award was created to recognize seniors who exemplify those qualities and use them to help others, whether that’s teaching a class, working a till at a thrift store, cooking, knitting, helping out at a community centre, well, you name it. Lifetime is dedicated to baby boomers and seniors living in Vancouver.
In 2016, the winner was Lorna Gibbs, founding member and president of the Southeast Vancouver Seniors' Centre Society. Through her work on a variety of seniors' programs, services and issues, Gibbs has changed the lives of many seniors and inspired even more to contribute to their community. In 2014, Gibbs was rewarded for her efforts to bring all three levels of government together when funding was secured to build a much-needed seniors centre in South Vancouver.
To that end, you don’t have to build a seniors centre to win:
Lifetime is looking for someone who regularly volunteers, is 55 years old or older, and lives and volunteers in the City of Vancouver. Anyone nominated who does not live and volunteer in Vancouver will not qualify to be included. The winner will be chosen by a diverse panel made up from of volunteers and paid employees from across the city.
Like last year, the 2017 Lifetime Volunteer of the Year will receive a multi-day tour/vacation, valued at more than $5,000, courtesy of Ageless Adventures. Stong’s Markets is also contributing grocery gift certificates to be given as prizes at the third annual Lifetime Seniors Talks and Tables event Sept. 20. This free event will once again include fun and instructional demonstrations, booths offering information on supports, services and seniors-related topics, and timely talks.
So, if you know a special person who willingly gives of themself to enrich the lives of others, fill in the nomination form and submit it alongside a supporting letter with details about why the person you're nominating deserves to win by email to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or mail to Lifetime, 303 West 5th Ave., Vancouver B.C., V5Y 1J6.
Entries must be received by Aug. 31, 2017.