2020 Volunteers Are Stars
Did you know?
More than 100 young leaders have graduated from the Youth Now program.
Each year, over 100 non-profit professionals attend our training opportunities.
Over two dozen non-profit organizations have participated in the Youth Now program.
The CCRR provides nearly 400 child care referrals per year.
On average, the CCRR hosts 30 workshops and training courses each year.
Every year, over 500 child care providers and parents attend CCRR training opportunities.
Every year, RCRG completes over 3,000 grocery orders for local seniors.
Nearly 300 seniors make use of our Better at Home services.
Our volunteer drivers complete more than 1,200 trips annually.
At least 350 people per year find a volunteer position using our Volunteer Match program.
Close to 500 volunteers support RCRG’s programs and services.
Volunteers contribute nearly 23,000 hours to our organization each year.
Each holiday season, the Richmond Christmas Fund helps more than 2,200 low-income residents.
Every year, the Christmas Fund provides over 600 children with toys, books, and sports equipment.
The Richmond Christmas Fund was first started by Ethel Tibbits, in the 1930s.
The number of Neighbourhood Small Grants we’ve awarded has increased every year since 2014.
Block parties are the most popular type of Neighbourhood Small Grant project.
Every year, the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre serves over 7,300 local women.
The Richmond Women’s Resource Centre currently offers 16 programs and services.
Nearly 60 volunteers support the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre, contributing nearly 2,500 hours per year.
Richmond is home to over 350 registered charities, all of which rely on volunteer support.
There are nearly 13 million volunteers across Canada.
International Volunteer Day is celebrated throughout the world on December 5.
There are 35 volunteer centres in British Columbia.
In 2016, the Foundation awarded 10 grants to non-profit organizations, worth a combined $59,000.
The Foundation manages $4.5 million in nearly 50 Forever Funds, returning CPI plus 4%.
In 2017, the Foundation distributed $198,000 as community and Canada 150 grants, scholarships, and charitable disbursements.
Foundation activities result in the enhancement of our community and residents’ sense of belonging.
ROCA has raised over $21,000 for local charities.
ROCA has performed its Elementary School Concert Series to over 8,000 students.
ROCA provides mentoring and life changing opportunities for aspiring musicians.
The Richmond Arts Coalition was founded in November of 2005.
RAC co-produces the ArtRich exhibition every two years!
RAC highlights Richmond's arts events in a monthly email.
The Richmond Music School is the oldest not-for-profit music school in Richmond.
The Richmond Music School offers affordable music lessons through its diverse programming.
Our students performed 40 hours of music to welcome the Olympic athletes to the 2010 Olympic Games.
Volunteers Are Stars

2021 Volunteers Are Stars Awards

When the World Stopped, Volunteers Didn't

Each year, the Volunteers Are Stars Awards happen in April, during National Volunteer Week. Except last year, when they didn't.

Everything was planned, everything was ready, and then everything stopped. COVID-19 forced us to postpone the event, for what we thought would be a month or two. Time stretched on, and reality set in: the 2020 Volunteers Are Stars Awards had to be cancelled.

A year later, things are improving - there's real, discernible light at the end of the tunnel - but we're still in the middle of a global pandemic. That means, once again, the Volunteers Are Stars Awards can't happen. At least, not in person.

We can, however, celebrate Richmond's volunteers virtually. And so, with your help, that's what we're going to do.


Above, we said that, with the arrival of COVID-19, everything stopped. That's not quite true. Volunteers never stopped. They kept serving their community, sometimes in new or modified virtual roles, but often times in person, on the front lines, supporting Richmond's most vulnerable residents face-to-face.

For their contributions during this unprecedented period, they deserve individual recognition, and our collective gratitude. That's where the Volunteers Are Stars Awards come in.

How It Works

You can submit as many nominations as you'd like, whether personally, or on behalf of a local non-profit organization or community group. There are four categories, honouring individual volunteers, volunteer groups, youth volunteers, and non-profit leaders.

Three finalists will be chosen in each category, and they, along with their family, friends, and nominators, will be invited to participate in a virtual ceremony, happening the evening of Thursday, April 22

During the event, the finalists will be recognized for their impact on the Richmond community, and the winners - one in each category - will be announced with short videos, filmed safely and professionally prior to the awards ceremony. The videos will later appear on RCRG's YouTube channel.

Every nominee, meanwhile, will have a brief bio posted on this very website. We'll also highlight the nominees on our social media channels, and profile the nominating organizations, talking about their work in the community and the volunteer opportunities they have available.

Nominating a volunteer is, above all, an excellent way to say thanks. Even if they don't win, they'll be mailed a certificate of recognition and be honoured publicly online. Plus, your organization will be featured in a variety of promotional materials, which will help you recruit new volunteers, and bring greater awareness to your programs and services.

The Volunteers Are Stars Awards may look different this year, but they're happening, and remain as meaningful as ever. Help celebrate volunteers in our community by submitting a nomination by Friday, March 12.

Presenting Sponsor

Our sincere thanks to The Dupuis Langen Group for serving as Presenting Sponsor of the 2021 Volunteers Are Stars Awards. The company has a long history of supporting and celebrating local volunteerism, and we're grateful for their generosity and leadership in helping us recognize the many brilliant volunteers who contributed to our community this past year.

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Previous Winners and Nominees

A little time may have passed, but their contributions remain as meaningful as ever. Read about the many brilliant winners and nominees from previous editions of Volunteers Are Stars.

2019 Winners and Nominees

2018 Winners and Nominees