Museum Volunteer Award

The Museum Volunteer Award is a collaboration between the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) and the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums (CFFM). This Award recognizes individuals or groups who generously volunteer their time and commitment to a museum or related heritage institution for several years. It recognizes volunteers for their continuous years of commitment and service to the institution.


The nominee for this award is an individual or a group who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to a public, non-profit museum or related heritage/ cultural institution in a volunteer capacity.

This contribution can be as a member of a volunteer committee, a board of trustees, as a special-event coordinator or in another significant way.

The nominee must :

  • have volunteered with the organization for at least four consecutive years;
  • not have received payment for their volunteer work;
  • not have performed the services as part of their regular business or professional duties.

Submission deadline

November 15 each year.


Each nominee will be assessed against the following:

  • Value: Nominee contributed a valued service to the museum and the community.
  • Innovation: Nominee initiated new programs or activities and used new methods to solve problems.
  • Achievement: Nominee accomplished desired results.
  • Impact: The activity or service produced positive changes and provides examples for other groups.
  • Time: Amount of time devoted to the activity or service was significant.
  • Dedication: demonstrate ongoing dedication and commitment to volunteerism and to the cultural and heritage field.

Nomination instructions

The nomination must be supported by someone with individual or institutional membership in CMA or CFFM.

Complete the nomination form and attach the following:

  • A master list that documents all the material provided with the nomination form.
  • A signed letter of nomination from the institution (that employed the volunteer) clearly describing the volunteer’s activities and accomplishments (max. 300 words).
  • An explanation that details what makes the nominee’s volunteerism an outstanding achievement and how it meets the selection criteria (max. 500 mots).
  • Two letters of support, one from a volunteer and one from a volunteer organization or the community who has benefited from the volunteer’s commitment;
  • Visual materials of the nominated volunteer and activities.

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