Provincial Volunteer Awards

Nova Scotians appreciate the valuable time and contributions of volunteers.

Nominations have now closed.

The next Provincial Volunteer Award ceremony will take place on September 26th, 2022, in Halifax and will be streamed online. Applications for specialty awards are now open.

Please note: If not applying online, please email completed applications to or fax to 902-424-0710 *attention: Provincial Volunteer Awards

Representative (individual) Volunteer Award

Every municipality and First Nations community in Nova Scotia selects one or more representative volunteer to receive the provincial award. Contact your municipality or First Nations community for details on applications and nominations.

Speciality Awards

Nominations are now open for the 48th Annual Provincial Volunteer Specialty Awards. The deadline to submit a nomination for the Youth, Family and Nova Scotia Strong Awards is 11:59pm June 15th, 2022.

A citizens' selection committee will consider all specialty award nominations received.

Youth Volunteer Award

Nominees for the Provincial Youth Volunteer Award must:

  • be a volunteer aged 13 to 24
  • have made a significant contribution to a range of causes, for at least 2 years
  • be willing to be nominated
  • have not previously received this award

Family Volunteer Award

Nominees for the Family Volunteer Award must:  

  • have demonstrated volunteer leadership and consistent caring for their community for at least 5 years
  • be a family of 2 or more people (not a couple), living in the same community
  • be willing to be nominated
  • have not previously received this award

Nova Scotia Strong Award

The Nova Scotia Strong Award recognizes an individual or group who come together to demonstrate resiliency in community during a time or event when people faced tragedy and struggle. Recipients will show that strength comes from community and the deep level of caring Nova Scotians have for one another.

Nominees for the Nova Scotia Strong Award can be individuals, groups or organizations. They must be residents of Nova Scotia, and willing to be nominated.

Applicants can nominate themselves, or someone else can nominate them.

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Did you know?

More than 410,000 Nova Scotians volunteer, contributing an average of 192 hours per year. That’s almost 79 million hour of volunteering!