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REF NO.: 123

SUBJECT: Gold, silver and bronze awards to be presented to Memorial’s student volunteers

DATE: Feb. 28

Note to editors:
Student volunteers at Memorial University will receive gold, silver and bronze awards during the Volunteer Incentive Program (V.I.P.) awards ceremony taking place at the Confederation Building, main lobby,  on Wednesday, Feb. 29.
Since 2005, the V.I.P. program has presented more than 850 awards, representing more than 25,000 volunteer hours donated by Memorial students. This year, more than 110 students achieved award status.
The awards will be presented by Lieutenant-Governor John Crosbie and Nick McGrath, minister for Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs, Labrador Affairs and the Voluntary and Non-Profit Sector. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. with a reception to follow.
The V.I.P. program, an initiative of the Student Volunteer Bureau ‒ a partnership between Career Development and Experiential Learning and Memorial University of Newfoundland Students’ Union ‒ began in 2003 and encourages students to track their volunteer efforts both on and off campus. 
In addition to volunteer hours, participants must take part in activities that will enhance the development of their career path, self-awareness and leadership abilities. For more information on the Volunteer Incentive Program, contact the Student Volunteer Bureau at (709) 864-4301 or svb@mun.ca.

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For further information, please contact Geoff Ash, communications co-ordinator, Student Affairs and Services, Memorial University, at 709-864-4873, 709-727-6231 or gash@mun.ca.

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