The top prize for a new volunteer recognition program is bound to generate interest in a celebration of volunteerism that honours Canada’s second prime minister.
Nominations for the Mackenzie Volunteer Prize, which features a $2,000 cash prize for an organization of the prize winner’s choice, are open now, says organizer J.D. Booth, publisher/editor of Lambton Shield.
The nomination form, which is to be filled out online, is at www.lambtonshield.com/mvp.
The idea for the prize—the MVP—came to Booth when he considered how vitally important volunteers are to the Sarnia-Lambton community.
Alexander Mackenzie, who came to the community in 1852 and who is buried here, founded the publication—Lambton Shield—with the help of another famous Canadian, George Brown.
Booth resurrected the name Lambton Shield for his online local news site in November 2010. There are more than 10,000 posts still online and the site receives some 40,000 page views a month.
The Mackenzie Volunteer Prize will culminate in an April 15 event to be held at Victoria Playhouse Petrolia.
Leading to that event, nominations are being received until March 31 and following that, Booth and a small team will review nominations to determine, in part, the semi-finalists for the MVP.
There will also be a significant social media component to determine who the semi-finalists will be for the overall MVP.
Five categories of volunteer service are part of the Mackenzie Volunteer Prize and each of the five finalists to be awarded at the April 15 event will receive a $200 cash prize.
One of those finalists will also receive the $2,000 cash prize which will go the organization to which they volunteer. The top MVP winner is free to choose to divide the prize among more than one organization if they happen to volunteer for more than one.
The Mackenzie Volunteer Prize, which is presented by Lambton Shield, is sponsored by Bluewater Power, NOVA Chemicals, Blackburn Radio and Storyboard Solutions.
Other sponsorship opportunities are still available and those interested are invited to contact Booth by e-mail ([email protected]) or phone–(519) 466-2811.