Based on the consultations we had with our members and previous finalists, it was felt that the current leadership awards often missed people who deserve to be recognised for their work within the organisation. It was important to this process that we recognise the difference between good leaders, good volunteers, and good administrators. The purpose of these awards is to recognise and reward outstanding volunteers that function as the backbone of Macra na Feirme.
It was also important that this award stands apart from the Leadership Award, so as not to confuse leadership and volunteerism, especially considering the work that went into the consultation process to define and quantify leadership within Macra.
Step 1: Nomination
Candidates for the volunteer award can only be nominated by another member. The nomination form will list three attributes that, through our consultations, we consider to be important for the volunteers within the organisation to have.
- Positive attitude
- Organisational input
The nominator will have to give examples of times their nominee demonstrated these three attributes within the Macra community. The form will include the option to submit your answers as a voice recording in the interest of accessibility. The onus is entirely on the nominator to show that their chosen nominee is worthy of the award. This form will be worth 40% of the overall mark.
Step 2: Shortlisting
Entrants will be shortlisted to no more than eight per region. This will be carried out by the TDOs and VPs. No TDO or VP will be responsible for entrants from their own counties or regions. A TDO may be asked to verify that the information on the nomination form is truthful. Shortlisting will not have a mark weighting; it will simply be the mechanism to move from one step to the next.
Step 3: Zoom Call for nominator with Judges
Once nominees have been shortlisted, the person who nominated them will be invited to a Zoom call with the judges. This call will be a more informal conversation to discuss the elements of the nomination form in more detail. This part of the process will also be worth 40% of the overall mark. The judges will be external from the national organisation.
Step 4: Voting
For the first time in Macra history, we hope to give our members the opportunity to vote on this award. The member vote will be worth 20% of the overall result. The aim will be to do this through the website, with each member being able to vote for one volunteer in each region, and only being able to vote once. This not only allows member voices to be heard but provides an opportunity to promote and recognise the best of Macra’s volunteers across several social media platforms and profiles. It is important to note that social media will play no part in collecting votes, merely creating visibility for our volunteers.
Step 5: Announcing the Winners
There will be one overall winner from each of the three Macra regions. Each regional winner will be invited to attend the banquet on the evening of the National Leadership and Training Day on October 1st, 2022, in the West County Hotel in Ennis. They will also have the option to attend the training free of charge if they would like. Before the banquet starts, after our guests have been welcomed, the Volunteer of the Year Awards will be presented to each of the regional winners.
- Every member nominated will receive a thank you card from Macra.
- The three regional winners will receive a plaque, a hotel voucher, and a cash prize of €300 each.
- The three regional winners will be put forward by Macra for the National Volunteer Ireland Awards the following year.
The closing date for receipt of entries is Fri Aug 26th at 9pm
The three regional winners will have their one night accommodation on Sat Oct 1st in the West County Hotel Ennis provided for.
Links to the Nomination Forms
Volunteer of the Year
Online - Digital Nomination Form - Access here >>
Online - Audio Nomination Form - Access here >>