Museum Volunteer Award


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CMA Awards

Awards of Outstanding Achievement

Award of Excellence in Philanthropy

Award of Distinguished Service

Fellows of the CMA

Barbara A. Tyler
Award in Museum Leadership

Dr. Shirley L. Thomson
Young Curators Award

Partnership Awards

History Alive! Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums

ICOM Canada’s International Achievement Award

Awards for Volunteers

Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers


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 and have made a significant impact within the museum community.


The nominee for this award is an individual or a group (please note that groups are only eligible for the Museum Volunteer Award) 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 or in another significant way.

The nominee must:

  • have made a significant impact through their volunteer work/activities;
  • not have received payment for their volunteer work;
  • not have performed the services as part of their regular business or professional duties.


November 15 each year.


Each nominee will be assessed against the following::

  • Value:  Nominee exercised an important 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.
  • Dedication:  Nominee demonstrates ongoing enthusiasm 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.

You simply have to complete and submit the nomination form to The form requires the following information:

  • Nominator’s contact information: telephone number, mailing address and email
  • Nominee’s contact information: citizenship, date of birth, sex, telephone number, mailing address and email address
  • Nomination statement from the institution (that employed the volunteer) clearly describing the volunteer’s activities and accomplishments (max. 300 words). The nomination statement should answer the following questions:
  • How do you know the candidate?
  • What type of volunteer work has the candidate accomplished?
  • What is it about this person’s volunteer work that sets him/her apart from others doing similar work?
  • How has their contribution improved or impacted the community?
  • 1-2 letter(s) of support (along with the supporter’s language preference, organisation, telephone number, mailing address and email address), one from a volunteer and one from a volunteer organization or the community who has benefited from the volunteer’s commitment.
Nomination Form — PDF              Nomination Form — Word