Geoffrey Carnell, managing director of Carnell's Funeral Home Ltd. and Carnell's Management Inc., says volunteering has not only been a real inspiration to him, it has defined who he is today.
Carnell was one of the first volunteers inducted last year into the Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame.
He said at an event to announce the opening of nominations today, it’s great to be able to volunteer, but also nice to be recognized.
Carnell said he began his volunteer work shortly after he graduated from school. “It's been over 35 years and I'm sure there's other people who can tell the same story I tell,” he said.
Describing the hall of fame award as very special, Carnell said he’d like to encourage people to nominate someone making a contribution to their community.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame is accepting nominations from now to March 31 for its second annual volunteer recognition awards.
“The Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame allows exceptional people to stand as an inspiration to our community and particularly to our youth,” said Toby Barnes, president of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Newfoundland and Labrador and co-founder of the Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame.
“The success of our inaugural year was tremendous," Barnes said. "The Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame Award is the gold standard in volunteering and giving.”
Mount Pearl North MHA Steve Kent, was on hand for the announcement, representing the provincial government.
“It's great to be joined this morning by two important partners of the office of public engagement. Of course, we have The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards program which has created the Volunteer Hall of Fame and that's an organization that we have been proud to support for many years,” Kent said.
The MHA said the Community Sector Council is an organization that has been recognized through the Volunteer Hall of Fame and “has truly been a leader in this province for decades in terms of building capacity and strengthening and growing the community sector throughout our province.”
Kent said the provincial government recognizes that community organizations are important contributors to the economic and social development of communities and regions throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. “They make communities stronger. They instill a greater sense of pride. They bring people together with a common cause," he said.
Penny Rowe, CEO of the Community Sector Council, said the CSC was honoured to be inducted last year. “Like many organizations, people may recognize some of what we do, but they don't necessarily recognize a lot of the hidden work that organizations do and the importance of that hidden work,” Rowe said.
She said the Volunteer Hall of Fame Awards are provincial in scope. She praised the organizers for committing to continue this awards process in a sustainable way.
A maximum of eight awards (not more than two posthumously) per year will be awarded with recipients nominated from two categories — individuals and organizations and non-profit groups.
A Selection Committee will review the nominations and present a list of outstanding inductees at the Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame event.
Nomination forms are available at the Volunteer Hall of Fame’s website: www.volunteerhalloffame.ca
The 2012 Inductees were: Geoffrey Carnell, the Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador, The East Coast Trail Association, the late Brother Jim McSheffery and Vera Perlin, Margot Reid, Noel Rideout, and Malcom “Max” Winters.
The selection committee again this year consists of former lieutenant-governor and politician Ed Roberts, chairman, Telegram publisher Charles Stacey and community activist Susan Green.
Sponsors include The Telegram, Transcontinental Media, Steele Communications, Penny Group, Spark, Team Burton and the Crosbie Group Ltd.