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Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers

The Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers (French: Médaille du souverain pour les bénévoles) is a Canadian decoration intended to honour volunteers who have made a significant and continual contribution to their community, either in Canada or abroad. The medal was initially conceived by Governor General Roméo LeBlanc as the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award and created in November 1995, to award volunteers. It was replaced on 15 July 2015 by the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers.

Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers
Sovereign's Medal for Volunteer and Pin
Awarded by the
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StatusCurrently awarded
EstablishedGovernor General's Caring Canadian Award: November 1995
Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers: 15 July 2015
First awardedGovernor General's Caring Canadian Award: 1995
Next (higher)Polar Medal[1]
Next (lower)Canadian Centennial Medal
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Ribbon of the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers
A series of Canadian miniature medals including the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers (centre), court mounted. The other insignias are those of a Serving Member of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem (left), and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (right).

Eligibility and selectionEdit

The medal is intended for an individual whose unpaid, voluntary contributions, behind-the-scenes, provide extraordinary help or care to individuals or groups in the community.[2] Nominees must be living Canadian citizens or permanent residents, but may belong to any age group; recipients typically have not previously been recognized by a national or provincial honour. Small groups may also be nominated; all members may receive the medal if they have contributed equally.

An independent advisory committee meets to review submissions. Once a nomination for a candidate is received, research is undertaken to confirm facts and a summary of information about each candidate is presented to the advisory committee for review. The committee submits recommendations to the governor general.

The certificate and lapel pin are presented to recipients by a dignitary, such as a lieutenant governor, territorial commissioner, or mayor. On occasion, the governor general presents the medal during regional visits.

All previous honouree of the Caring Canadian Award will receive the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers.[3] As of November 30, 2017, the award has been presented to over 3300 Canadians across the country.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Office of the Governor General of Canada. "Order of Precedence". Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  2. ^ The Caring Canadian Award
  3. ^ Creation of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers
  4. ^ Find Recipients