ALS Volunteer Awards are open to the general public.
Esmond Butler Award
Esmond Butler was the private secretary to five Canadian Governor Generals. He provided stability by staying in a position that he could easily have used to move him on to a more powerful role. But, he believed in the institution he served and chose to remain in his position to provide consistency and to encourage change to this institution by endorsing sensible reforms. He died in 1989 after his battle with ALS. The nominee for this award must have demonstrated attributes which reflect those of Esmond Butler: leadership; constancy, loyalty, and a positive stable impact on the ALS community through an extended time of volunteer service for the Society.
Excellence In Fundraising Award
This award recognizes an individual or group in the community who has demonstrated excellence in fundraising. Excellence is defined as the development of innovative ideas and the attainment or betterment of personal and fundraising goals which further the aims of ALS Canada at all levels. The individual or group receiving this award demonstrates innovation and creativity in raising funds for ALS Canada.
Excellence In Public Awareness Award
The nominee for this award should demonstrate excellence in raising public awareness about ALS and ALS Canada. Public awareness activities may include liaisons with the media, speaking to the public or other organizations about the Society, and coordinating public awareness displays. This individual or group has, in some way, contributed to spreading the word about ALS and ALS Canada.
Excellence In Support Services Award
This award exemplifies the development and provision of Support Services by an individual or group within the community. Support services may include friendly visiting, referrals to community and provincial services, information days, education of health care providers, facilitating access to information, services and assistance available to people with ALS and their families
Jack Muirhead Award
Jack Muirhead, himself a person with ALS of twenty years, was a "builder", a man "in the trenches". In 1988, Jack was instrumental, along with others, in bringing together a number of smaller ALS chapters to establish the ALS Society of Ontario. He then went on to serve as the Society's first President where he encouraged staff and volunteers in their chosen roles and validated the importance of what each person did. The recipient of this award should demonstrate the
innovation, creativity, perseverance, thoroughness, and visionary abilities of this man who showed, as well, great concern and care for people with ALS and their families, to all of whom he devoted a great deal of time.
Rising Star Award (Volunteer Youth Award)
The Youth Award recognizes people who are 26 or under who have been actively volunteering with us either on their own, or as part of a group to help improve the lives of people with ALS. This award will recognize volunteer work including awareness, fundraising, advocacy, or going above and beyond to care for an individual living with ALS by providing assistance, companionship and support.
Walk 'N Roll Award (Volunteer Walk Award)
The Volunteer Walk Award is to recognize volunteers with outstanding achievements in developing a new walk, growing a walk, raising community awareness for a walk and the cause of ALS, and surpassing fundraising targets. This is a separate award than the current Excellence in Fundraising Award.