Diane Hermary Volunteer Spirit Award

An award in memory of our dearly missed Board Member, Diane Hermary, who served the Red Deer Arts Council as Secretary for nearly 20 years. We have created this award to honour her dedication to arts, culture, creativity, and community. This award will launch in late 2022 to be awarded inaugurally in 2023.

You can read more about Diane and her creative aspirations and inspirations here:

Award Guidelines

Introduction: This award recognizes and honours an outstanding individual who is volunteering their time and talent in the arts community and is a member privately or through an organization that is a member of the Red Deer Arts Council. This individual is making a significant contribution to the Arts community through commitment, service, creativity, cooperation and leadership in their volunteer role(s).

For the purposes of this award, volunteering is defined as:

  • volunteering significant unpaid hours to a community organization,
  • contributing talents, energy and skills to help non-profit organizations in the community,
  • being of benefit to the organization and to the Volunteer Award Criteria,
  • demonstrating exceptional commitment, service, creativity, cooperation, or leadership.
  • impact
  • reach
  • engagement
  • challenges
  • inspiration

The following areas will be assessed:

Additional Material: Provide a letter of reference from the local charity or non-profit that benefitted from the contributions of the nominated individual.

The Award: The recipient will receive a certificate and their name will be added to the larger award displayed at the Red Arts Council offices. The award will be presented at the volunteer appreciation and/or scholarship awards evening.

Judging: The Volunteer Award Committee of the Red Deer Arts Council will select the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award. Selection will be based on only the information contained in the Nomination Form. The committee may verify the information but will not seek out additional information. The successful nominee will be informed of the judging results no later than April 15.

Responsibilities: Additional information may be asked for by the committee to the nominator once the vetting process is complete and the volunteer or a designate must be able to attend the volunteer appreciation and scholarship awards evening. The Volunteer of the Year Award Nomination Form and Letter of Support must be submitted online no later than March 1st.

Nomination Form can be reviewed here: WORD

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