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Please be advised that 2020 Legacy Award nominations are now closed.

Earlier this year, Volunteer Toronto received nearly 100 nominations from non-profits and community leaders. However, due to COVID-19, the announcement of our 2020 recipients was postponed. Volunteer Toronto is now pleased to invite members of the public, nominators, and all nominees to join us virtually for the announcement of our 2020 Legacy Awards recipients at 1PM on Friday, December 4th.  Learn more about the virtual announcement here.




Do you know someone who has done amazing volunteer work for a good cause?

Thank them with a Legacy Award!


Volunteer Toronto’s 2020 Legacy Awards will formally celebrate the passion, commitment, and creativity of our city's most exceptional volunteers. Whether your nominee has made a big impact in a short period of time, has given back for over 20 years, or has overcome personal challenges, we want to hear their story!

Our judging committee will be looking for nominees who meet the criteria outlined below and whose volunteer work falls into one or more of the following categories:


Being What's Needed: Demonstrated commitment to filling a critical need or important gap in service.


Inclusivity: Contributions that benefit members of the community facing barriers.


Positive Change: Evidence of challenging stigmas and advocating for positive change.


Growth and Learning: Proof of exceptional personal or professional growth through volunteering.


Connection: Development of meaningful relationships with service-users, clients, and other volunteers.


Lifetime Achievement: A lifetime commitment to volunteering.


Want to make your nomination as strong as possible? Read our 5 Tips for Nominating a Volunteer for a Legacy Award  to learn how to craft a captivating application.

You can also read about the 2019 Legacy Award recipients here .


  • Nominees must have volunteered for or started a non-profit organization or grassroots project. 
  • Your nominee must currently be volunteering or have volunteered sometime between January and December 2019. 
  • Your nominee's volunteer work must have taken place within the City of Toronto. However, you're free to nominate individuals who live outside the city (i.e. in the GTA) but commute to volunteer roles based in Toronto.
  • You can't nominate yourself, someone you're related to, or someone you're living with. 
  • We don't accept posthumous nominations.
  • Each non-profit can nominate up to two individuals. You can nominate more than two people if they volunteer for different organizations. 
  • We cannot accept nominations of groups, couples, or siblings. Please submit a separate nomination form for each individual, outlining their unique contributions.
  • No payment can have been made for the nominee's volunteer contribution. 
  • The nominee's volunteering activities may include lobbying or advocacy work, but cannot have been partisan in nature, such as volunteering for a mayoral candidate.



Please contact Cara Eaton, Director of Strategic Communications
416-961-6888 ext 231

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