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Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers CESO Nomination 2018

We have wonderful news to share. CESO has been invited by the Governor General of Canada to submit nominees for the prestigious Sovereign Medal for Volunteers. The Medal honours the significant dedication and commitment of volunteers and recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country. We are grateful for the opportunity to nominate and see our volunteers receive the honour.

View the 2017-18 recipients of the Medal.

Please read the nomination guidelines for more information about the requirements and the selection process.

Nomination Guidelines and Requirements

Nominated candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Have made a significant contribution to Canada’s development efforts – at home and/or globally
  • Have had sustained engagement* with CESO and its activities

*Sustained engagement means nominated candidates have completed 5 or more assignments, and/or have been an active VA for 5 consecutive years.

In addition to the minimum requirement, the nominator must provide:
  • A written description (maximum 500 words) of the nominees’ accomplishments and contributions toward sustainable and inclusive development.
  • Consider highlighting specific examples that showcase innovation, direct and indirect impacts, women’s empowerment
  • (Optional: in addition to the written description, supplementary information may be provided to support candidacies. This may include letters of recommendation, news article, etc.)

Nomination and Selection Process
  • The call for nomination ends on September 28th, 2018
  • Nominees will be reviewed by a Selection Committee at CESO to validate that each nominee has met the minimum requirements and has demonstrated sustained and significant contributions to sustainable and inclusive development.
  • The shortlisted nominees will be submitted to the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers Committee – an appointed council by the Governor General, for approval.**
  • Successful awardees will be contacted directly by the Office of the Governor General.***


Submit your nominations here 


Please contact Kim Jose for additional information at

**The Chancellery of Honours, part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, administers the program and receives all nominations. Each one is carefully researched and then reviewed by an advisory committee, which makes recommendations to the Governor General. The selection process is non-partisan and merit-based. Presentation ceremonies are held throughout the year, in communities across Canada.

***Events related to receiving the Medal will be determined by the Office of the Governor General 1-800-268-9052
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