Student Volunteer Bureau

Student Volunteer Bureau (SVB) Volunteer of the Year Award

The Volunteer of the Year Award was established from a fundraising initiative by Student Life in conjunction with the Student Volunteer Bureau at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Pictured from left, Dr. Donna Hardy Cox presents Abby Pace with the Volunteer of the Year 2023 award.

Pictured from left, Dr. Donna Hardy Cox, Associate Vice-President (Academic) Students presents Abby Pace with the 2023 Volunteer of the Year Award.

Valued at $500, it will be awarded annually to a part-time or full-time undergraduate or graduate student from the St. John’s Campus who:

  • demonstrates a long-term commitment to volunteerism;
  • embodies a positive, altruistic attitude towards volunteerism;
  • has made exceptional volunteer contributions to the student community, the St. John’s/provincial community, and/or a national or global community;
  • can demonstrate personal and/or professional growth through their volunteerism.

The recipient must be registered for the current academic semester and at least two out of three terms of the academic year. The recipient must meet the minimum academic requirements for an award as defined by Memorial University of Newfoundland. A recipient cannot receive the award two years in a row. In the case of an undergraduate student, the award will be granted by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards. In the case of a graduate student, the award will be granted by the Associate Vice-President (Academic) and Dean, Graduate Studies. This award is given to the student who has been selected to receive the SVB Volunteer of the Year Award. Both will be on the recommendation of the SVB Awards Committee. A student can either self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague which can be a member of the campus community or the community at large. Nomination forms are available by contacting the Student Volunteer Bureau

About the Student Volunteer Bureau

Since 1983, the Student Volunteer Bureau (SVB) has strived to educate students about the benefits of volunteering and getting involved on campus, as well as connecting students to opportunities that allow them to do so. While the SVB primarily serves those on the St. John's campus it is a resource for all students who attend any campus of Memorial University. The SVB is a resource run by students for students.

The SVB's mission is to create a community of #MUNVolunteers, support students in their self-development, and give Memorial University students a platform to promote volunteerism. The SVB aims to become a household name within both the Memorial and the St. John’s communities while weaving volunteerism into the essential fabric of the MUN student experience. For more information, please visit