MAVA Excellence in Volunteerism Awards
Each year MAVA recognizes outstanding individuals for significant contributions to their community and the field of volunteerism. MAVA welcomes nominations from its members as well as from anyone knowledgeable about volunteerism and its leadership.Click here to download the nomination form.
Nominations are due October 8, 2012. Awards winners will be announced at the MAVA Annual Meeting on November 8.
MAVA Award for Excellence in Volunteer Program Development
This award recognizes an individual who has made a superior contribution to furthering the culture and climate for professional volunteerism in Minnesota by developing an outstanding volunteer program and incorporating the essential elements of leading volunteers. Outstanding programs ensure that volunteers support the organization’s mission and expand impact and outreach. The recipient, through his or her personal model, exemplifies the ideals of selfless contribution to community that professional volunteer administration nurtures.
The MAVA Mary Wiser Award for Leadership in the Field of Volunteer Resources
This award was established to honor Mary Wiser, past director of volunteer services at Courage Center. As author, consultant and trainer Sue Vineyard says, “Mary left a legacy that can be an inspiration to us all as she blazed the trail toward a higher level of professionalism.” Mary was recognized for her outstanding contribution in teaching and inspiring others in the field.
The award is recognition of excellence by the recipient’s peers. It honors a professional in the field of volunteer administration who demonstrates the vision, diligence, and commitment to service that are the hallmarks of professionalism in the field. The award recognizes contributions to the overall profession within and outside the recipient’s organization, including contributions over a period of time.
The MAVA Awards for Excellence in Volunteerism
These awards recognize Minnesota volunteers who have distinguished accomplishments and have shown extraordinary interest in the area of volunteerism. These volunteers, through their personal examples, demonstrate the impact volunteers can have on the improvement of their community through an outstanding commitment to volunteerism.
Age 14 – 18 Outstanding High School Volunteer
Age 18 – 24 Outstanding Young Adult Volunteer
Age 25+ Outstanding Adult Volunteer
The MAVA Award for Excellence in Executive Leadership
This award has been established to reinforce the importance of strong executive leader and volunteer program relationships. The award honors an Executive Leader who demonstrates a cooperative, supportive, enthusiastic and well-defined relationship with the volunteer program. Please use specific examples to demonstrate how your Executive Leader represents outstanding service and support to your volunteer program.
2011 Award Winners
Mary Wiser Award for Excellence in Volunteer Administration- Polly Roach
MAVA Award for Excellence in Volunteer Program Development- Kelsey Ohme
MAVA Award for Excellence in Volunteerism, Outstanding High School Volunteer- Stephanie Eswine
MAVA Award for Excellence in Volunteerism, Outstanding Young Adult Volunteer- Einas Alkhatib
MAVA Award for Excellence in Volunteerism, Outstanding Adult Volunteer- Joan Higinbotham
2010 Award Winners
Mary Wiser Award for Excellence in Volunteer Administration- Sandy Bergeron, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of MN
MAVA Award for Excellence in Volunteer Leadership- Jay Haapala, Minnesota Children's Museum
MAVA Award for Excellence in Youth Volunteerism- Quin Simmons and Jennifer Honmyhr
2009 Award Winners:
Janene Riedeman and Kristy Okada
2008 Award Winners:
Nicole Noblet, Elizabeth Ellis, Heather Cox, Terry Straub
2007 Award Winners:
Judith Russell, Nicholas Truso, Anne Marquardt Brooker, Carol Thompson
2006 Award Winners:
Megan McGovern, Zeeda Magnuson, John Pribyl
2005 Award Winners:
Laura Bloch, Mathew Menard, Kristine Poelzer, Diane Beach, Paula Beugen
2004 Award Winners:
Lois Norby, Jeanne Nordstrom, Kris Gansen, Maya Babu