Monday 17 February, 2020

CVSS to honour stalwarts in volunteerism

Chair of the Planning Committee for the  Council of Voluntary Social Services awards banquet, Kim Mair

Chair of the Planning Committee for the Council of Voluntary Social Services awards banquet, Kim Mair

The Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) will recognize outstanding persons and organizations on October 4, who have given freely of themselves and their resources to communities, at its biennial Hall of Fame & Volunteer Awards Banquet.

The awards banquet, which is being held under the theme “Volunteerism - A Circle of Love,” will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, commencing at 7:30 p.m. The Canadian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Laurie Peters is scheduled to be the guest speaker at the event.

Chair of the Planning Committee for the awards banquet, Kim Mair said that the nominations received this year were overwhelming. “It is heartwarming to see the number of persons and organizations who through volunteerism are making a difference in our society.

Mair said that the CVSS recognizes that volunteerism has largely been referred to an individual level, but noted however that many organizations, including private companies are mobilizing volunteers in meaningful ways to create change through hands on service.

“These organizations also demonstrate a collaborative spirit through partnerships with other organizations to help strengthen communities.  To this end the Hall of Fame & Awards banquet will honour organizations and companies whose policies include volunteer management,” she informed.

One of the awards includes the CVSS Hall of Fame Inductee, where an individual who has served or contributed to Jamaica’s voluntary sector for at least 10 years and demonstrated a strong commitment to the sector, will be recognized.

In the meantime, tickets for the Hall of Fame & Volunteer Awards Banquet are available at the CVSS offices at the National Volunteer Centre on Camp Road in Kingston.

Founded in 1940, the CVSS is one of the oldest and largest umbrella NGOs in Jamaica. Its mission is to build the capacity of members and the wider community and create sustainable alliances, facilitating mutual support and joint action and to represent the concerns of the social sector including disadvantaged and vulnerable groups at national and international levels.

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