Citizens have until October 18 to nominate outstanding individuals for the next round of Saskatchewan Volunteer Medals, which will be presented in 2015 when this provincial honour celebrates its 20th anniversary.
“As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal, it is remarkable to look back at all who have received our highest volunteer honour and to consider their collective contributions to our province – it is nothing short of staggering,” Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield said. “I encourage everyone to consider nominating a deserving individual this year, to enable us to thank them publicly for their outstanding commitment to the greater good, and to add their name to the list of our most impressive volunteers.”
The medal was established in 1995 and will be presented by the Lieutenant Governor to the recipients this spring in Regina. To date, 165 people have received it.
Any current or former long-term resident of Saskatchewan who is a Canadian citizen is eligible for nomination. Nominations are not accepted posthumously; for sitting members of Parliament, the Legislature and judiciary; or for groups and organizations.
The 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.
Photos of the medal recipients are also displayed near the Athabasca Gallery on the main floor of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina.
Additional information, nomination forms and a list of previous recipients can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/honoursawards by clicking the link to Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal.