Ontario Medal For Young Volunteers Recipients
The Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers was created in 1998 to recognize outstanding volunteer contributions of Ontarians between the ages of 15 and 24 years of age.
The recipients are:
Arnav Agarwal of Mississauga, a leader and role model who has contributed 2,700 volunteer hours with 25 organizations, including the YMCA, the Red Cross Society and the Credit Valley Hospital.
Christopher Albert of Barrie, who has volunteered more than 600 hours doing pet therapy for seniors at Roberta Place Long Term Care and the Bob Rumball Home for the Deaf. He has also raised funds for Multiple Sclerosis and has helped with the purchase and training of service dogs for autistic children.
Neeka Allison of Toronto, who has volunteered extensively with young children at the Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre. He helped organize events, including the Annual Black History Month Youth Dinner and the snack program for youth. He has inspired other youth to lend their hand in the community.
Michael Greige of Windsor, who founded the Windsor Youth Volunteer Network, a group that makes volunteer opportunities more accessible for students. He is a tutor and an active volunteer at his school and community events.
Chris-Anna Manning of Ajax, a university student who created FACES, a pen pal program connecting Kenyan orphans and Canadian children between the ages of 8 and 13 years old.
Lashawn Murray of Oakville, a grade 12 student who helped create the Invisible Children Book-Drive, an initiative that collected 39,000 books to support literacy in Uganda. Lashawn has also played a leadership role on environmental campaigns and literacy programs in her community.
Gorick Ng of Toronto, who at age 18, is the president of the Ontario Students Trustee Association. He is a pioneer for student involvement and advocates on behalf of the two million students in the province. He also recruited volunteers from across the city for the Feeding Toronto's Hungry Student Week to help bring attention to child hunger.
Bryan Peart of Toronto, a youth at-risk advocate, created the O'Connor Youth Vybes Crew to bring change, enhance safety and build up the community through special events that showcase youth talent.
Rob Ross of London, a Youth Epilepsy Ambassador, has educated others about the experience of children and families affected by epilepsy. He is an Epilepsy Support Centre Camp counsellor and a role model for children with epilepsy and other volunteer youth counsellors.
Eric Tan of Toronto, who has donated innumerable hours to the Dixon Hall Music School and the Minstrel Foundation. He helps to raise funds to support youth from underprivileged backgrounds gain access to musical education. He is also a mentor for young pianists.
Denny Timm of Windsor, the first Chair of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council. In this volunteer position, Denny created the Transit Youth Ambassador program which successfully advocated for a reduction in transit fares for post-secondary students.
Matthew Wakem of St. Marys, who has volunteered more than 1,500 hours with St. John Ambulance. He founded his high school's Campus Emergency Response Team and the St. Marys' local Leo Lions Club which has raised funds for the Alliance Cancer Research Program.