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Ontario medal for young volunteers recipients 2008

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Ontario medal for young volunteers recipients 2008

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Created in 1998, the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers recognizes the outstanding contributions of Ontarians between the ages of 15 and 24 years to improve the quality of life in the province and internationally through volunteer activities.

  • Wendell Adjetey of Mississauga has a deep commitment to at-risk communities.  In 2006, he started an after school mentoring, sport, and tutoring program for young black men of high school age in the community of Forster Terrace.
  • Monica Armanious of Mississauga is a Queen's University student who has organized fellow students to distribute food and gather warm clothing for the Kingston Housing Help Centre.  She has also coordinated a mission to Kenya and Tanzania, and inspired a group of youth to build a youth centre and run a camp for young people on the Aroland First Nation Reserve in Northern Ontario.
  • Viviana Astudillo-Clavijo of Toronto is a gifted artist who has donated thousands of volunteer hours creating drawings and murals to unify people, beautify neglected environments and promote important causes.
  • Justin Beaver, of the Nibinamik First Nation, Ontario, is an outstanding leader and role model to youth attending the Nibinamik Education Centre and residents of all ages in Nibinamik First Nation. He meets with the principal and teachers to discuss issues that affect the school's 122 students. (2007 recipient).
  • James Binsfeld of King City was born with a severe heart condition.  This did not stop him from becoming a member and coach for the Alpine Downhill Ski Team for the Para Olympics and the Special Olympics and a ski medal champion.  For the past two years, he has volunteered many hours as York Region Representative for Easter Seals.  Here he is involved in fundraising, awareness training and a mentorship program. (2007 recipient)
  • Michaela Chen of Richmond Hill is an outstanding student leader in York Region's school for the arts.  She has used her literary skills to write and produce a play on bullying. She is also the president of the Unionville Chapter of Free the Children, which raised $3,200 to help build a school in China.
  • Matthew Cutler of Toronto has spent a significant amount of time volunteering and speaking up for marginalized individuals. He helped found OUTniagara, an organization created to serve Niagara Region's sexual and gender-diverse community. He has served as a board director for Aids Niagara, and he volunteered for eight years with Scouts Canada, including a term as Divisional Youth Commissioner for Central Canada.
  • Julie Harmgardt of Oakville has an unstoppable drive and enthusiasm for volunteering. As president of Blakelock High School's World Council, she organized campaigns to Stop Violence Against Women and celebrate Black History Month. She also led two fundraising drives for a school in India for HIV-positive children, and for Water for Humanity.
  • Gerald Mak of Toronto is a student trustee helping to make a difference for the 250,000 pupils in the Toronto public school system. He is also a volunteer organizer and supervisor for the City of Toronto Special Events, producing well-known programs such as Winter City Festival, Toronto Street Festival, Nuit Blanche and Cavalcade of Lights.
  • Adam Wheeler of Toronto uses his volunteerism in the pursuit of social justice, youth empowerment and equity.  At Oakwood Collegiate Institute he has been chair of STOP (Students and Teachers of Oakwood for Peace) and "Breaking Down the Barriers Week", featuring lectures and workshops with community experts on issues such as immigrant rights, minimum wage, racial profiling and gun violence.



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