Each year, communities all across Canada celebrate National Volunteer Week, which normally takes place the third week of April. The primary purpose of this specially designated week is to thank and honour people who donate their time to help others by supporting the causes in which they believe. Volunteer Week also serves to reinforce the human values that volunteering represents and increases awareness of the vital importance of volunteerism to our communities.

Provincial Volunteer Week - April 14 to April 20, 2024

Annually, the Province of Nova Scotia recognizes one outstanding volunteer from every Nova Scotia municipality to receive the “Provincial Volunteer Award”. Each year, the Town of Pictou calls for nominations from the community for a Volunteer of the Year. This award is given to a volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to the Town of Pictou. We are requesting your assistance in helping select the name of a person to receive this award for the Town of Pictou. If you are aware of an outstanding volunteer who is a resident of the Town of Pictou, please submit their name to Pictou Recreation and Parks by March 20, 2024. There will be an Awards Ceremony organized by the Province of Nova Scotia in September where recipients are recognized for their valuable contributions to their communities. As well, the Town of Pictou will host a local reception recognizing volunteers, details will be finalized near April. 

The Town also has a Youth Leadership Award for 2024. This award recognizes and celebrations youth who go the extra mile in support of our community. The award is for youth up to age 22. Anyone can nominate a youth that demonstrates community spirit and inspires other youth to be involved. Nomination form below.

The Province of Nova Scotia has several other categories for awards which are presented as well in September 2024:

  1. Volunteer Youth Award
  2. Family Volunteer Award
  3. Nova Scotia Strong Award

If you know of anyone who is deserving of the above three awards, forms are available at the Pictou Recreation and Parks Office or online at Provincial Volunteer Awards.  You may complete and mail the nomination form for the above special awards to:
Provincial Volunteer Awards, PO Box 456, Halifax NS B3J 2R5
Email: volunteerawards@novascotia.ca 
Fax to: 902-424-0710.

Download Nomination Forms for:
pdf (58 KB) pdf Pictou Volunteer of the Year 2024
(58 KB)
pdf Youth Leadership Award 2024 (57 KB)

2023 Volunteer of the Year - Ann McNeill Porter



Ann is the epitome of friendliness and helpfulness in every situation. Her volunteering began 38 years ago with the Lobster
Carnival and was coordinator of the Queen pageant for 5 years. Ann has continued volunteering over the years with many

She was the founding member of Team Reese raising money for cancer research, Pictou Youth Centre, Stella Maris Paris
Council, Breakfast Program at McCulloch Education Centre, Pictou Academy Educational Foundation and Pictou Historical
Photograph Society, to name a few.  Ann’s constant smile and reaching out to help makes her stand out. She has volunteered
for 38 years throughout the community.

The Town of Pictou is very proud to have Ann McNeill Porter as our 2023 Volunteer of the Year.


2022   pdf Hugh and Sandra Campbell (158 KB)
2021   pdf Eric LeBlanc (141 KB)
2020 pdf Jacqueline Lavioe (142 KB)
2019 pdf Betty Richards (116 KB)
2018 pdf Brian Kellock (30 KB)
2017   pdf Alison Arsenault (95 KB)
2016 pdf Sadie O'Hearn (327 KB)
2015 pdf Sharon Cheverie (319 KB)
2014 pdf Fred Dobson (265 KB)
2013 pdf Doris Young (152 KB)
2012 pdf Don Cyr (151 KB)
2011 pdf Dorothy Bush (101 KB)
2010 pdf Sylvia MacDonald (118 KB)
2009 pdf Bill Henderson (91 KB)
2008 pdf Eleanor Heighton (116 KB)
2007 pdf David Henderson (61 KB)
2006 pdf Don MacIsaac (48 KB)
2005 pdf Joyce Tucker (5 KB)
2004 Ruth Sterling
2003 pdf Murry Hill (57 KB)
2002 Wayne MacGillvary
2001 Norm Babinec
2000 Betty Ann Battist