The Charles Labatiuk Volunteer Award was established through the legacy gift of Charles Labatiuk and the Charles Labatiuk Nature Endowment Fund. Charles Labatiuk was an avid nature conservationist, mountaineer and world traveler who enjoyed and excelled as a photographer, writer, gardener, and pianist. This award was introduced to honour his life and his passion for nature.
Charles Labatiuk Volunteer Award Recipients
- Carlos Barbery (2013)
- Annie Buckton (2011)
A resident of Canada, under the age of 18, who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to volunteerism or mentorship, in an individual role, working toward the promotion or protection of Canadian natural spaces and the species that live within these natural spaces.
All applications must include a completed application form which will be evaluated on the basis of an essay submission. A Selection Committee will score the essays based on the following criteria. A 500 – 1000 word essay outlining your contribution will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- intellectual content (original, thought-provoking) – 75%
- practical value – 15%
- presentation and style – 10%
- Only one essay submission per applicant.
All essays submitted become the property of Nature Canada. Successful essays may be published by Nature Canada and may be, along with information about the winners, shared widely through our web site, and other forms of media.
Essays are to be received no later than 5:00 pm on March 31st of each year. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. All applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by May 1st. The Charles Labatiuk Volunteer Award program is administered by Nature Canada. Nature Canada employees, children or relatives of employees are not eligible for this award.