The June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism
The June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism recognizes those who have enriched their communities through voluntary action and extraordinary leadership and creativity. In recognition of June Callwood's exceptional contributions to the province, this provincial award was renamed in her honour last year by Premier Dalton McGuinty.
The 2008 award recipients are:
- Daniel C. Andreae of Toronto is being recognized for his extensive volunteer work with the Ontario Association of Social Workers. As the head of the association and as a tireless volunteer, he advocated to regulate the social work profession in Ontario.
- Jack Byers of Peterborough spearheaded and has run a breakfast club program in local area schools for more than twelve years.
- Balliram Chadee of Ajax is being recognized for his community service and volunteer hours to Hinduism and the Indo Caribbean culture in Durham, Ontario and beyond.
- Eileen Clifford of Essex founded the Essex Area Food Bank more than 10 years ago. The organization is run entirely by volunteers. Clifford, now in her 80s, continues to work at the food bank nearly seven days a week.
- Margaret Everett of Napanee has volunteered for more than 40 years with a variety of organizations including the Girl Guides. She founded the St. Francis Trefoil Guild of Toronto, was a founding member of a local Anglican church and is active with the Women's Institute of Ontario.
- Robert Ewing of Sault Ste. Marie is being recognized for his outstanding volunteer contribution to the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. He is one of the organization's longest standing and most active members. His contributions include planning and designing the centre's exhibits.
- Barry Fuller of Kincardine has helped the Women's House shelter serving Bruce and Grey counties save thousands of dollars by doing repairs and maintenance, and ensuring systems are energy efficient.
- Peter Henderson of Pickering is being recognized for more than 20 years of outstanding volunteer work with the Ontario Therapeutic Riding Association (OnTRA) and the Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF). Peter encourages everyone to participate in competitions and clinics, including those who cannot ride independently.
- Joan Jones of Owen Sound is being recognized for her tireless work in promoting the interests of mental health consumers and advocates for a stigma-free society. She has been a long-time volunteer with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a board member at the local (Grey-Bruce branch), provincial and national levels.
- Andrea Tipping of Tottenham is being recognized for her exemplary volunteer contributions to the community. Tipping has volunteered for nearly two decades and currently volunteers approximately 30 hours a week at a home for the aged in Simcoe.
- James Valitchka of Ottawa, who is still in his teens, is an anti-bullying advocate and motivational speaker. He has authored nine books and created the Annual International Literacy Can Change Lives Student Conference for young people in grades four to 12.
- Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) of Ottawa consists of more than 500 members who contribute more than 20,000 volunteer hours annually to the Ottawa Public Library. They are also active in raising funds for programs. Through coin boxes and used book sales, the group generates up to $250,000 annually for the city's library system.
- Grand Valley Educational Society of Brantford is being recognized for the volunteer work they have done on a number of projects including securing a university presence in Brantford, helping to develop partnerships in this area and working to revitalize the downtown core.
- Palliative Care Volunteers of the Royal Victoria Hospital of Barrie are being recognized for the volunteer contributions they provide to patients who are often terminally ill with cancer. This specially trained group of approximately two dozen volunteers bring joy, comfort and companionship to these patients.
- The Vittoria and District Foundation of Vittoria has been instrumental in raising and investing about $280,000 into projects with community partners, as well as on their own. Projects such as the building of a community centre have made lasting and meaningful contributions and enhancements to life in the rural community.