Call for Nominations Larry Knapp Award for Community Building


The United Way of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District is seeking nominations for the Larry Knapp Community Building Award. United Way defines Community Building as a process of mobilizing communities to improve people’s lives.

We understand the hard work and dedication our volunteers deliver and we want to celebrate and recognize the positive impact volunteers have on the not for profit sector and to the community.

Larry Knapp is an outstanding example of volunteer excellence and a Community Builder.

He is well known to the United Way and the Sault Ste. Marie community for his extensive volunteer commitment throughout the years. Larry has received numerous national, provincial and community awards and has demonstrated superior leadership in many organizations such as the Economic Development Corporation, Cultural Advisory Board, and Mayor’s Round Table Coordination Committee, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Art Gallery of Algoma and the United Church of Canada.

Larry was an active volunteer for United Way and Volunteer Sault Ste. Marie for over twenty-five years. During this time Larry has served in a variety of positions including Board President, Vice-President, Campaign Chair, Social Development Council Chair, Community Assistance Trust Chair and member of the Community Endowment Fund Committee.

Larry Knapp Community Building Award Criteria:

Any Volunteer, who has made a lasting contribution to the Community, may be nominated by an individual or not for profit organization.

Past recipients of the Larry Knapp Community Building Award:

2006 – Kathy Contini                     2007 – Jean Wyatt           2008 – Joan Foster

2009 – Ann Marie McPhee             2010 – Robert Wilding       2011 – Diane Marshall

2012 – David S. Pettalia                 2013 – Jill Raycroft           2014 – Nora Jennings

2015 – Tony Martin                       2016 – Donna Hilsinger     2017 – Allan Hackett


This award will be presented Friday, April 20th at the 30th Annual Volunteer Celebration to be held at Grand Gardens North, hosted by Volunteer Sault Ste. Marie.

The nomination template is available for download at