Recognition Programs

Nominations for Volunteer Awards Are Open until March 31st!

The Kidney Foundation of Canada has a comprehensive Recognition Program in place to honor volunteers, staff, individuals, researchers, groups and organizations across the country for their exceptional work on behalf of the Foundation.

The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Atlantic Branch, endeavours to recognize and celebrate its volunteers’ achievements both formally and informally throughout the year.

On an annual basis, the Atlantic Branch will present branch awards, in a broad spectrum of categories recognizing the outstanding achievement, dedication, or professional accomplishments of volunteers and our partners. These awards will be presented yearly, at the annual general meeting in May.

Volunteers and supporters throughout the Atlantic Branch are also eligible to be nominated to our national awards which are also presented on an annual basis.

Branch Awards

We are pleased to announce that the nomination process for our Atlantic Branch Awards, as well as the Foundation’s National Recognition Program including the Bresinger Award of Excellence are now open.

The deadline to submit nominations is March 31, 2017. The recipients will be announced in May at our Annual General Meeting. The committee will be meeting the first week of April to decide on this year's recipients. Please see below for award details and the nomination process.

Compassionate Caregiver Award
The award recognizes those who embody characteristics of compassionate care, including: Communicating sensitively with patients and loved ones; Listening carefully, showing empathy and instilling hope; Respecting patients’ values, culture, choices and decisions; Understanding the significance of patients’ families and communities.

Nominees must work in a health-related organization or practice, such as a long-term care facility, community health centre, outpatient clinic, hospice, visiting nurse association or hospital. Any paid or unpaid caregiver or team of caregivers with direct patient contact in the Atlantic Provinces is eligible.

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Award of Distinction
The Award of Distinction recognizes a team effort between the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Atlantic Branch, and volunteers, in contribution to the goals and mission of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

The award recognizes a group of individuals working as a team who have initiated or championed a local event or cause in an innovative or unique way, such that the results contribute significantly to the goals and mission of the Kidney Foundation.

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Unsung Hero Award
The Unsung Hero Award is given to a person who makes a substantive yet unrecognized contribution to the Kidney Foundation in the Atlantic Branch, and whose contribution is unknown or unacknowledged.  To be considered for this award, the individual must be or have been, active in the Atlantic Branch over at least a two year period. The recipient must be perceived as someone who has received little in the way of recognition for their accomplishments and contribution to the cause. Nominees may be submitted by Atlantic Branch staff or board members.

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Community Champion Award
The Community Champion Award is given to corporations/organizations at the branch level, to recognize a significant contribution (either financially or by other means of support, such as time or resources) to the mission of the Kidney Foundation of Canada over a minimum of two years.

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Honorary Patron Award
The Honorary Patron Award recognizes volunteers whose contributions have been extensive, have covered a lengthy period of time (at least five years) and have had a demonstrable impact on the Branch.

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Special Recognition Award
The Special Recognition Award is given to a member of the general public, an organization or group which is not affiliated with the Kidney Foundation of Canada in a volunteer capacity, but has made a significant contribution to the branch.

 Examples of appropriate people/organizations for this award are:

  • A local newspaper that has donated advertising space to the foundation on a regular basis.
  • An organization that has organized a fundraising event to support the Kidney Foundation.
  • An employee group that contributes regularly to the Kidney Foundation.
  • An organization that has donated time and/or supplies to support a Kidney Foundation event or program.

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Nomination Process

  1. A nomination can be made by a volunteer or a staff member. We encourage re-submission of unsuccessful nominations from previous competitions.
  2. Complete the nomination form and submit to your local development coordinator via email or by fax prior to Friday, March 31, 2017
  3. It is important to illustrate through the nomination form, the impact the nominee has had in their community to support the nomination.
  4. There is no limit to the number of nominations for these awards. However, only one award in each category will be presented each year.
  5. Should you require assistance in compiling the information necessary to support the nomination, please contact the development coordinator in your province.

New Brunswick: Tanya Kelley | Newfoundland & Labrador: Jackie Dolomont | Nova Scotia: Keri MacIvor | Prince Edward Island: Heather McGrath

 Award Selection Process

  • All nominees will be presented to the Atlantic Board Award Committee for final selection.
  • Successful nominees will be announced at the Branch AGM in May.


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