Honouring heroes

The Alberta Northern Lights Volunteer Recognition Program honours the everyday heroes who are helping to make life better in communities across the province.

Albertans demonstrate incredible generosity with their time and talents in a variety of ways, whether they’re:

  • volunteering formally with a club or organization
  • instinctively stepping up to lend a hand whenever or wherever needed

Examples of the meaningful contributions that Albertans make include:

  • assisting seniors or neighbours with health issues by going to the grocery store or doing other errands
  • helping newcomers navigate the surroundings of their new hometown
  • gathering and sorting food at food banks
  • serving meals in the community or at local homeless shelters
  • supporting education and awareness efforts to end discrimination and racism
  • volunteering as a director on the board of a community organization
  • helping a friend or a neighbour with childcare
  • fundraising/contributing to community giving campaigns
  • walking dogs and cleaning kennels at the local humane society

Nominate an amazing individual or group for the Alberta Northern Lights Volunteer Recognition Program by using the online form.


Individuals or groups across the province can be nominated for the Alberta Northern Lights Volunteer Recognition Program if they:

  • contribute unpaid service to the community through formal or informal volunteering
  • demonstrate community spirit
  • serve as a role model for others in their community

Group nominees may include:

  • 2 or more individuals – family, friends, team – who volunteer together to support either:
    • a single organization, community event or cause
    • members of their community
  • businesses that support volunteerism through staff 'days of giving' or an ongoing volunteer program

Ineligible nominations

A nomination will be deemed ineligible in these situations:

  • someone nominates themselves
  • a nomination from a family member – if the story doesn’t clearly demonstrate a benefit to the community
  • a nomination where an individual or business profited from their work
  • the description of the nominee’s volunteer service is unclear
    • it didn’t include a description of the actions the nominee took to help their community and the impact they had
  • a nomination is incomplete or missing key information

Multiple nominations

If more than one nomination is received for the same individual or group, multiple nominations will be considered – all together – as a single nomination. Where possible, nominators are encouraged to collaborate and submit a single nomination for an individual or group.

Screening criteria

Nominations will be assessed, as they are received, on the basis of how they:

  • impact the volunteer effort
  • improve the quality of life for Albertans
  • address community needs or concerns

Fill out the form

All fields are required unless otherwise indicated.

Who is being nominated?
Complete if ’Individual’ was selected
Complete if ’Group’ was selected

Collection notice

The personal information that is provided in the nomination submission about the nominator and the nominee is collected under the authority of section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and is protected by the privacy provisions of that act. The information will be used for the purpose of administering the Alberta Northern Lights Volunteer Recognition Program and to select and publicize the achievements of the honourees.

After you apply

You will receive a confirmation email that indicates the Alberta Northern Lights Volunteer Recognition Program has received your nomination.

Due to the high volume of nominations we’re receiving:

  • there may be a delay in processing them
  • selected nominees may be profiled at a later date


Eligible nominees will be contacted by program staff to obtain consent to their nominations.

Nominees must respond via email to provide:

  • consent to the use of their information – if their story is selected
  • a clear photograph that can be used on the Alberta.ca website

Selected volunteers

Volunteers who are selected through the program will:

  • be contacted by program staff to let them know when their story will be profiled on the Alberta.ca website
  • receive recognition from the Minister of Culture and Status of Women

Select program guidelines

  • nominations become the property of the Alberta government
  • submitting a nomination does not guarantee that the nominee will be profiled
  • selection decisions are final
  • nominees must advise the program if they do not want to be profiled – when they are contacted by program staff

Alberta Northern Lights Volunteer Recognition Program

Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-638-4699
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

How to volunteer

For contact information, visit Volunteering during COVID-19.

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