2017 Volunteer Awards

Volunteers are the heart of the GPO. Our success as a party is due to the energy, hard-work and dedication of a team of volunteers across the province.

Each year at our Convention Gala, we recognize three volunteers who have gone above and beyond in moving the values of the Green Party forward.

Nominations are open until Friday April 21, 2017 so read on to find out more about the awards and how to nominate a great volunteer that you know!

The Awards

The Frank de Jong Legacy Award recognizes volunteers who have demonstrated exceptional service and commitment building the Green Party of Ontario (GPO). Frank de Jong served as the Leader of the Green Party of Ontario from 1993 - 2009 and oversaw a growth in voter support for the GPO in every election during his time as Leader.

The Community Involvement Award recognizes volunteers with a proven track record of engaging citizens in the promotion of Green values such as building strong communities, fostering local economies and promoting health & well-being in Ontario.

The Rising Star Award will recognize a new comer (3 years or less) to the GPO who has shown enthusiasm and ability in volunteering for their Constituency Association (CA), a campus group, or the GPO office and have demonstrated a positive, motivating spirit.

Past recipients:

  • Frank de Jong Legacy Award: Caren Crawford (2016), Jaymini Bhikha (2015), Kathy Acheson (2014), Chris Frere (2013) Kevin O'Donnell (2012), Rich Tyssen (2011), Julie Barker (2010), 
  • Community Involvement Award: Linda Fraser (2016), Pat Rogerson (2015), Suzanne Crellin (2014), Jenn and Ekk Pfenning (2013), Kailey Richter (2012) Bettilyn Berglund (2011), Darcy Higgins (2010)
  • Rising Star Award: Steve Cox (2016), Peggy Moulder (2015), The Danckert Family (2014), Temara Brown (2013) Yiwen Sim, Christina Zha, Joe Ward (2012), Stephen Ahad (2011)


Send your submissions by to awards@gpo.ca
Nominations must include background information (approximately 200 words) including the reasons for the nomination, how the nominee has been involved with the GPO and how the nominee reflects the characteristics of the award. The awards committee may contact you if they require more information.


The winner of the awards will be announced at the 2017 Muskoka Convention Gala Dinner - May 27, 2017.