Aziz Mamedov, student ofKazan State Power Engineering University, was named Volunteer of the Year 2019. The young man has contributed a total of 1,768 volunteer hours, 657 in 2019. During the ceremony, he received his prize from Leila Fazleeva, Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan, and Inessa Klyukina, winner of the Russian Volunteer Competition 2019.
In addition to honouring the student with the main award of the day, Leila Fazleeva also wished everyone present a happy tenth anniversary of the Kazan Volunteers movement, which had set the stage for the entire event volunteering initiative in Russia. She passed on words of gratitude to all volunteers on behalf of President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov.
Marat Bariev, member of the Russian State Duma and the driving force behind the Summer Universiade 2013, was present at the ceremony as the guest of honour. He reminisced about preparing for the World University Games, highlighting the part they had played in shaping the Russian volunteer movement. He also personally awarded a prize in the Always There! nomination, which acknowledges volunteers that have been contributing to a record number of events throughout the year. This year, the prize went to Amir Zinnatullin. Apart from Amir, Marat Bariev gave a prize to Kseniia Maslenkova, this year’s record breaker by the number of hours spent volunteering in 2019.
The Discovery of the Year award went to a newly fledged volunteer, Kseniia Stekolschikova, who joined the movement in 2019; while the Viewers’ Choice award (based on a vote in the Kazan Volunteers community on the VK.COM platform) went to Danis Satdinov. The winners were personally congratulated by Marat Zakirov, head of the Park and Public Garden Directorate. "Many thanks to volunteers! You are the heart and soul of our events, and the reason behind their success!" said Zakirov.
"A decade of volunteering is a tremendous milestone, and the movement has a proud history of numerous impressive achievements and major multi-sport events, which were a success thanks to the support of the country’s and the republic’s government. There are currently about 15 million people involved in volunteer work in Russia, and these figures show that all of us, Kazan Volunteers included, are doing the right thing. This is the legacy of the Universiade 2013 and the preparations for this event. Thank you, volunteers! Your work has only just begun..." said Alexander Karpov, Deputy Director General of the Directorate for Sports and Social Projects. He awarded prizes to the non-profit partners of the Kazan Volunteers movement.
Andrey Pominov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Tatarstan, gave awards to the volunteers who had contributed most to the 45th WorldSkills Competition 2019. All of the three award winners (Aidar Gabdrakhmanov, Yulia Yakimova, and Leisan Akhmetova) were part of the 3,688-strong volunteer team that represented 40 countries worldwide and all 85 Russian regions.
Another honoured guest was Anna Zakhmatova, Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan. She awarded the winners in the Team Leader of the Year nomination (Ilgiz Latypov) and the Silver Volunteer nomination (Marina Useinova). She also gave out prizes to actors from the community theatre that had staged productions at the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia™ and WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
Media Department of Directorate for Sports and Social Projects