Volunteer Awards

All across Canada, our volunteers are making a difference in people’s lives. From encouraging discovery in the kids they teach to inspiring awe among their peers — and even sparking the ideas of other volunteers! Each year, we honour the efforts of our Let’s Talk Science volunteers with three prestigious awards.


Indigenous Outreach Award, Let’s Talk Science Outreach

This award recognizes an outreach project initiated by an Outreach site (or sites) that demonstrates a strong, positive impact on Indigenous youth through involvement in STEM-focused learning opportunities.

Recipients of this award receive:

  • A cash award of $750 for the school or community engaged in the project to contribute to initiatives that support STEM learning
  • Engraved trophy for the Outreach site(s) and certificates for volunteers who are involved, presented by a member of Let’s Talk Science

Nominations

All volunteers, educators and coordinators may nominate a Let’s Talk Science Indigenous Outreach project for the award. Volunteers and coordinators may self-nominate projects they lead. Nominating a project not only recognizes the efforts of the Let’s Talk Science volunteers, but also highlights the positive impact and involvement of the community.

If you would like to nominate an Indigenous outreach initiative, please contact Isabel Deslauriers, Manager, Outreach. Nominations must include the name of the volunteer(s), their Outreach site (if applicable), email address, and the award they are being nominated for. The deadline for nominations is usually in late February each year, but we love hearing about the amazing work being done year-round.


National Volunteer Award, Let’s Talk Science Outreach

Each year, our National Volunteer Award recognizes an outstanding Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteer who is passionate about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The recipient is a volunteer committed to enhancing science education through effective communication, innovation in approach and in their activities, and is a positive role model for children and teens.

Recipients of this award receive:

  • An engraved trophy
  • A cash award of $300
  • An expense-paid trip to the National Let’s Talk Science Outreach Banquet
  • Their profile on the Let’s Talk Science website (read about past recipients)

Nominations

All volunteers, educators and coordinators may nominate Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteers for the award. Nominating a volunteer not only recognizes their efforts, but also highlights the program and increases awareness in your community.

Do you know an outstanding Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteer? Nominate them! The nomination deadline is usually in early March each year, but we love hearing about our fantastic volunteers year-round. For more details, contact Isabel Deslauriers, Manager, Outreach.


The David Colcleugh Leadership Award

The David Colcleugh Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding Let’s Talk Science Outreach site coordinator who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, meaning (s)he has influenced people to create positive change through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) outreach.

Recipients of this award receive:

  • An all-expense paid trip to the Let's Talk Science National Conference Banquet in London, Ontario (travel expenses may be limited to travel within Canada only)
  • An engraved trophy, a personal cash award of $750 and a program/project development grant of $500 for their local Let’s Talk Science Outreach site, all to be presented at the annual National Conference banquet
  • A copy of the book, Everyone a Leader: A Guide to Leading High-Performance Organizations for Engineers and Scientists, by David Colcleugh

In addition, award recipients will be showcased via Let’s Talk Science national website and national social media channels. At the local level, winners will be featured by the Outreach site’s social media and website communications.

Nominations

All volunteers, educators and Outreach site coordinators may nominate Outreach site coordinators for the David Colcleugh Leadership Award. Self-nominations are also welcome.

If you know an outstanding Outreach Site Coordinator who has been an outstanding leader at their site, nominate them! The nomination deadline is usually in early March each year, however nominations are welcome year-round.

For more information about the nomination process, contact Isabel Deslauriers, Manager, Outreach.


National Volunteer Award, CurioCity

This award recognizes the exceptional commitment of CurioCity volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the program.

  • Recipients of this award receive:
  • A cash award of $200
  • An engraved plaque
  • Their profile on the Let’s Talk Science website

Nominations

Each year, a Let’s Talk Science staff committee will nominate three volunteers for the award. Nominees will be contacted before the end of February and asked to complete their application packages, which will then be forwarded to an external Awards Selection Committee responsible for choosing the winner.

For more information, please contact Tina Bankovic.