2020 Volunteers Are Stars
Did you know?
More than 100 young leaders have graduated from the Youth Now program.
Each year, over 100 non-profit professionals attend our training opportunities.
Over two dozen non-profit organizations have participated in the Youth Now program.
The CCRR provides nearly 400 child care referrals per year.
On average, the CCRR hosts 30 workshops and training courses each year.
Every year, over 500 child care providers and parents attend CCRR training opportunities.
Every year, RCRG completes over 3,000 grocery orders for local seniors.
Nearly 300 seniors make use of our Better at Home services.
Our volunteer drivers complete more than 1,200 trips annually.
At least 350 people per year find a volunteer position using our Volunteer Match program.
Close to 500 volunteers support RCRG’s programs and services.
Volunteers contribute nearly 23,000 hours to our organization each year.
Each holiday season, the Richmond Christmas Fund helps more than 2,200 low-income residents.
Every year, the Christmas Fund provides over 600 children with toys, books, and sports equipment.
The Richmond Christmas Fund was first started by Ethel Tibbits, in the 1930s.
The number of Neighbourhood Small Grants we’ve awarded has increased every year since 2014.
Block parties are the most popular type of Neighbourhood Small Grant project.
Every year, the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre serves over 7,300 local women.
The Richmond Women’s Resource Centre currently offers 16 programs and services.
Nearly 60 volunteers support the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre, contributing nearly 2,500 hours per year.
Richmond is home to over 350 registered charities, all of which rely on volunteer support.
There are nearly 13 million volunteers across Canada.
International Volunteer Day is celebrated throughout the world on December 5.
There are 35 volunteer centres in British Columbia.
In 2016, the Foundation awarded 10 grants to non-profit organizations, worth a combined $59,000.
The Foundation manages $4.5 million in nearly 50 Forever Funds, returning CPI plus 4%.
In 2017, the Foundation distributed $198,000 as community and Canada 150 grants, scholarships, and charitable disbursements.
Foundation activities result in the enhancement of our community and residents’ sense of belonging.
ROCA has raised over $21,000 for local charities.
ROCA has performed its Elementary School Concert Series to over 8,000 students.
ROCA provides mentoring and life changing opportunities for aspiring musicians.
The Richmond Arts Coalition was founded in November of 2005.
RAC co-produces the ArtRich exhibition every two years!
RAC highlights Richmond's arts events in a monthly email.
The Richmond Music School is the oldest not-for-profit music school in Richmond.
The Richmond Music School offers affordable music lessons through its diverse programming.
Our students performed 40 hours of music to welcome the Olympic athletes to the 2010 Olympic Games.
Volunteers Are Stars

2020 Volunteers Are Stars Awards

Important Notice

Due to the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, and based on the guidelines set out by public health agencies, the 2020 Volunteers Are Stars Awards have been postponed indefinitely. While we hope to re-schedule the event, there is no guarantee this will be possible, and public safety takes precedence over all other considerations.

Tickets that have already been sold will be refunded in full. Nominations that have already been submitted will be kept on file, and considered for the next edition of the Awards, whenever that is.

This page will be updated when more information becomes available. Until then, be safe, be good to each other, and listen to the experts.


A Light That Never Goes Out

Every community needs a power supply - to keep the lights on, our appliances running, and our devices charged. But to remain strong, healthy, and vibrant, a community also requires something else: a passion supply. That's where volunteers come in.

Think about it. What do you value in your community? Perhaps it's quality healthcare, or safe, nurturing child care. Maybe it's a thriving arts sector, or plentiful, inclusive recreational opportunities. It might be a clean environment, or responsive social services.

In all of these areas, and so many others, volunteers play a leading role. They generously give their time, talent, and energy, so they can have a positive impact on the causes we all care about. In doing so, volunteers supply the passion that powers our community.

On Thursday, April 16, we hope you'll join us at Pacific Gateway Hotel for the 2020 Volunteers Are Stars Awards. As Richmond's largest celebration of volunteerism, it's an opportunity to thank the people who spend countless hours serving our community, and making it the best place possible to live, work, and go to school.

As in years past, the event will combine a standing reception with a seated awards ceremony. It's meant to be fun, informal and accessible, while serving as a meaningful and memorable way of recognizing Richmond's star volunteers.


It says a lot about our community that Volunteers Are Stars is consistently sold out. Richmond's volunteer spirit grows stronger every year, and there are always more people wanting to celebrate it. That's awesome, but it also means that tickets go fast! We encourage you to purchase yours early.


Do you know a volunteer who's made a significant contribution to our community? Show your appreciation by nominating them for a Volunteers Are Stars award! There are four categories to choose from, and you're welcome - more than that, encouraged! - to submit multiple nominations.

Winners will be decided by an impartial panel of community leaders, and while not every nominee will receive an award, all will be recognized during the awards ceremony on April 16. 

The final day to submit a nomination is Monday, March 23.

Partners & Sponsors

The following partners and sponsors proudly celebrate volunteerism and its vital role in creating a strong, healthy, vibrant community. Their generous support makes the Volunteers Are Stars Awards possible.

Presenting Partners

RCRG LogoPacific Gateway Hotel Logo

Award Sponsors

Nova Star Award

Constellation Award

Trinity Western UniversityMcDonald's Logo



Shooting Star Award

Star of Richmond Award

Richmond Sunrise Rotary Club LogoDupuis Langen Group Logo


Evening Sponsors

City of Richmond LogoRichmond Auto Mall Logo


Previous Winners and Nominees

A little time may have passed, but their contributions remain as meaningful as ever. Read about the many brilliant winners and nominees from previous editions of Volunteers Are Stars.

2019 Winners and Nominees

2018 Winners and Nominees