If you know an outstanding volunteer or someone who exemplifies exceptional community involvement, then please take the time between now and October 18 to nominate that individual for the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal.
“Our province is well known for our impressive volunteers,” Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield said. “I encourage everyone to consider nominating a deserving individual to receive the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal, so that we can celebrate their tremendous contributions to our province.”
Any Canadian citizen who is a current or former long-term resident of Saskatchewan is eligible for nomination. Nominations are not accepted for sitting members of Parliament, the Legislature or judiciary. Groups or organizations cannot be nominated and posthumous nominations are not accepted.
The Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal is silver, circular in form and suspended by a V-shaped clasp from a ribbon of green and gold, the provincial colours. It bears the Saskatchewan shield of arms with the Crown and the motto Nos ipsos dedimus (We Gave of Ourselves). Recipients also receive a circular silver lapel pin displaying the Saskatchewan shield of arms superimposed on a "V," a certificate and are entitled to use the post-nominal letters S.V.M.
Recipient names are also inscribed on a board adjacent to the Athabasca Gallery on the main floor of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina.
The medal is presented by the Lieutenant Governor during an annual ceremony.
Since its inception in 1995, 156 people have received the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal. Additional information, nomination forms and a list of previous recipients can be found online at www.ops.gov.sk.ca/svm or call toll-free 1-877-427-5505.