Volunteer Awards

Recognizing that our organization was built upon a foundation of dedicated volunteers, healthcare professionals, and community and corporate partners, we celebrate those who help us to achieve what we couldn’t possibly do alone. 

In honour of all the generous hearts who are active in their chapters, walk door to door, work water stations along our walk course, stuff envelopes, compile data, deliver presentations, open doors, inspire others, care or stand up for those living with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis – it is not only our duty to recognize and celebrate their contributions, it is our privilege. Award recipients will be recognized at our GUTS conference in the Fall.

2020 Nominations will open in September!​

To nominate someone you know for a Volunteer Award, click HERE.

This year's volunteer awards include:

The Unsung Hero Award

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This 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 inconspicuously 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. This award is presented at our annual GUTS conference.

Past recipients include:

2019      NL - Marion Organ
2019      NB - Julie Cyr Dubé
2019      SK - Nathan and April Stang
2019      MB - Donna Doman
2019      ON - Sharon Fennell
2019      QC - Shannon Epstein*
2019      BC - Peter Dobranowski
2019      AB - Catharine Smart

2018      BC - Daniel He
2018      AB - Jody Ginther
2018      MB - Carmen Roy
2018      SK - Dr. Noelle Rohatinsky*
2018      ON - Brenda O'Connor
2018      QC - Julie Drouin
2018      NS - David Harrison

2017      BC - Debra Dolton
2017      SK - Keri-Lynn Schikowski
2017      AB - Lee Deren
2017      NB - Leona LeBlanc Small
2017      ON - Perry Cornell*
2017      NF - Sonia Glover 

* Recipient of National Unsung Hero Award


Make It Stop. For Life. Team Award

Make It Stop. For Life 2017 Award Winners

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is pleased to invite nominations for The Make It Stop. For Life. Team Award 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.

Past recipients include:

2019      AB - Red Deer Affiliate
2019      NL - Eastern Avalon
2019      MB - "It Takes Guts" Barrel Race - Erin Cathcart & Family
2019      ON - Martini Madness Committee*
2019      QC - Montreal Gala Committee

2018      BC - Whistler Friends Community Health and Welfare Society
2018      AB - Calgary Guts N Glory Flag Football Team
2018      MB - Winnipeg Gala Committee
2018      ON - Employee Benefits Golf Tournament Team*

2017      ON - Toronto Gala Committee*
2017      QC - Section Quebec
2017      AB - Calgary Fun Casino Night Committee
2017      BC - Kelowna Chapter

2016      ON - Windsor Chapter
2016      AB - Edmonton Chapter
2016      BC - Kamloops Chapter
2016      AB - Edmonton Chapter
2016      QC - Generation C
2016      SK - Music for the Gut

* Recipient of National Make it stop. For Life. Team Award


Gutsiest Walk - Team Award

Gutsiest Walk Award 2017 Winners

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is pleased to invite nominations for The Gutsiest Walk Award 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.

Past recipients include:

2019      NS - Halifax, Atlantic Canada
2019      SK - Swift Current, Central Canada
2019      ON - Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario
2019      QC - Monteregie, Quebec
2019      BC - Nanaimo, Canada*

2018      ON - The Strathroy Gutsy Walk team

2017      MB - Thompson GW Committee

2016      NB - Fredericton GW Committee

A BIG advanced thanks to anyone who takes the time to help recognize our amazing volunteers. 

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

  • 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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