Volunteer Awards

Our volunteers’ dedication and commitment are integral to the work we do to help improve the lives of children and adults affected by Crohn’s or colitis. It is their tireless contributions that propel us toward finding a cure for these chronic diseases. Help us recognize and celebrate our volunteers by submitting nominations for our Unsung Hero, Team Excellence or Gutsiest Walk awards.

With these award nominations, our goal is to identify those who have influenced & inspired others to come together, share gifts of time and talents, to support our mission! 

2023 Volunteer Award nominations are now open! Please submit your nomination below by selecting the nomination form specific to the award. A BIG advanced thanks to anyone who takes the time to help recognize our amazing volunteers. 

Deliberation will happen throughout the summer and award recipients will be announced in the fall. If you have any questions or require further info, please contact us at: volunteer@crohnsandcolitis.ca

2023 Volunteer Award nominations close on July 31, 2023.

The Unsung Hero Award

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The Unsung Hero award is intended to highlight the achievements of individual Crohn’s and Colitis Canada volunteers and their contribution to the fulfillment of our mission. The award recognizes a volunteer who has made a substantial contribution to the work of the organization over time and may or may not have held any particular office or been previously recognized for their efforts. 


Unsung Hero Award

Past recipients:

  • AB - Karen Gay
  • BC - Hailey Kolenda
  • MB - Caitlynn Danchuk
  • NL - Beverly Swackhamer
  • NB - Louise Levesque-Burley
  • ON - Sarah Bouchard*
  • QC - Edden Gitelman
  • SK - Ryan Heistad
  • AB - Kate Latos
  • BC - Matthew Sebastiani*
  • MB - Michelle Johnson
  • NL - Marion Ryan
  • NS - Kim Rowley
  • ON - Laura Shaver
  • QC - Jennifer Loschiavo
  • SK - Alesha Oborowsky
* Recipient of National Unsung Hero Award

Volunteer Team Excellence Award

Make It Stop. For Life 2017 Award Winners

The Volunteer Team Excellence Award is intended to recognize a group of volunteers (Chapters, Affiliates, committees or other Crohn’s and Colitis Canada volunteer groups) who demonstrate collaboration and innovation while reaching outstanding achievements in advancing our mission with particular emphasis on the impact made on improving the lives of children and adults affected by Crohn’s or colitis. The impact could be made in any area including, but not limited to, awareness, outreach, patient support, volunteer engagement and/or fundraising. 


Team Excellence Award Recipients

Past recipients:

  • AB - Lethbridge Gusty Walk Committee*
  • MB - Canada Life Gut Busters
  • NB - New Brunswick Gutsy Walk Committee*
  • ON - Peel Chapter
  • QC - Quebec City Chapter
* Recipient of National Team Excellence Award

Gutsiest Walk - Team Award

Gutsiest Walk Award 2017 Winners

The Gutsiest Walk Award seeks to highlight a special combination of hard work, achievement and spirit by a Gutsy Walk committee. It is a mixture of achieving strong fundraising outcomes, along with a great team attitude, creativity in bringing the event to life and strong engagement of the local community through volunteerism, participation and donations. 


Regional Gutsiest Walk Team Award Recipients

Past recipients:

  • ON - Hamilton Gutsy Walk Committee*
  • BC -  Victoria Gutsy Walk Committee* 

* Recipient of National Gutsiest Walk Award

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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