The Provincial government is looking to recognize those who have made a positive difference in their community due to their volunteering efforts.

Nominations for the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards are currently open, and this award recognizes the extraordinary Albertans whose volunteer work has contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members.

There are multiple categories that volunteers can be nominated for, including the Breaking Barriers category which recognizes volunteers who have worked to create an inclusive and diverse community.

Under that category, they will award volunteers who have helped to address racism or reduce barriers for racialized communities, helped to advocate for 2SLGBTQQIA+ inclusion, and fought gender discrimination.

Those nominated must be a resident of Alberta and have formal volunteerism in sectors like charitable or non-profit organizations, causes, and community development activities.

There will be up to nine awards given out annually during a provincial; ceremony that will be hosted either on or near the International Volunteer Day on December 5.

The winners will get an engraved award, a framed certificate from the Government of Alberta, a profile on the Stars of Alberta Awards recipients website for a year, and acknowledgment on the Government of Alberta's social media pages.

Nominations for this award opened up on April 15 and will remain open until June 30.

To learn more about the award and how to nominate people, head over to the Stars of Alberta webpage.