1. Overview
  2. Jay Nordenstrom
  3. Selection Process
  4. Application


As a proud alumnus of Carleton, Jay Nordenstrom was passionate about contributing his time towards volunteering within the Carleton and broader community. His dedication to volunteering was contagious, as he encouraged fellow students to give back as Carleton ambassadors by volunteering with powerful initiatives in our community. This fund will help support students who wish to volunteer their time towards a cause that is meaningful to them, by providing financial assistance to deserving student volunteers.

This fund will support students who wish to make a difference in their community, but are otherwise unable to as volunteer hours would cause a reduced income. Volunteer work helps foster meaningful opportunities to connect and make a positive impact in our community, which prepares students to be well-rounded citizens. Many students are eager to volunteer, but are unable to commit due to a loss of income that may be incurred. This fund will help offset this reduced income, by providing financial support towards personal expenses such as rent, local travel and groceries.

Jay Nordenstrom

This award is named after Jay Nordenstrom, Executive Director of NAIMA Canada, an organization promoting energy efficiency and environmental preservation through the use of his members’ products and encourages the safe production and use of these materials. Mr. Nordenstrom is also on the Executive Committee of Efficiency Canada, former President of the Carleton University Alumni Association.

Mr. Nordenstrom is actively involved with a variety of charitable causes including the United Way where he received the Community Builder Award, is currently a member of the Board of Governors at Carleton University, and is a past volunteer and board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa. He was awarded Ottawa’s Forty under 40 distinction which recognizes accomplished leaders who are under the age of 40 and also give back to their community.

Selection Process

Students are able to apply for this award via a self-nomination,. A student will be selected by the Awards Committee, and will be presented with a $1000 award at the 2023 SOAR Student Leadership Conference.

To qualify for the award a student must:

  • have a passion and dedication for volunteering
  • be interested in pursuing a new volunteering opportunity
  • have made positive contributions in their community through volunteering in the past
  • demonstrate the importance of volunteering through their application
Applications Open October 15, 2022
Application Close November 15, 2022 @ 9am
Selection Process November 15 to November 30, 2022
Candidates Receive Notice of Status of Award December 1, 2022
Presentation of Award SOAR Student Leadership Conference
January 2023


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