Your Connection to Canada’s Volunteering Community

Volunteer Recognition

Getting to know your volunteers helps you understand how they prefer to be recognized. Recognition activities should be customized to the individual and reflect their level of engagement.

Volunteer recognition begins during the recruitment process. Understanding what volunteers look for in the volunteer experience, along with being flexible by offering the types of roles they want, are types of recognition.

Our research shows that most volunteers want to know the impact of their efforts.

Organizations can recognize volunteers by acknowledging their individual contributions. Let your volunteers know the impact they have on your organization’s mission and in the community.

National Volunteer Week is the time to formally recognize volunteers across Canada. However, on-going recognition is crucial to make volunteers feel appreciated and engaged year-round.

Volunteer Canada offers a variety of tools and resources to help manage your volunteer recognition program.  


The Volunteer Recognition Tool helps volunteer managers plan meaningful recognition activities. Volunteers take the quiz to find out what their language of recognition is, and then share the results with their manager. Click here to learn more.


This report outlines best practices in volunteer recognition and the key drivers that lead to volunteer retention.



PREB is a volunteer recognition program that recognizes volunteers' contributions by highlighting the impact of their work in a formal document. 


Ontario-based organizations, please access PREB-Ontario. PREB-Ontario was created as a legacy project for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.