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Ontario Government Support for Volunteerism

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

The Ontario government recognizes the contributions of volunteers and encourages volunteering through a variety of programs. Volunteerism is citizenship in action, and a cornerstone of strong communities. 

Volunteer recognition

Ontario Volunteer Service Awards
The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards recognize youth and adult volunteers who have given a number of continuous years of volunteer service to an organization.
This year recipients will be recognized in 46 ceremonies in 35 communities across the province between March 25 and June 30, 2009.

The June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism
Named after the well known journalist and activist, the award is given annually to up to 20 individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions in the area of volunteering.
This year's recipients will be recognized at a ceremony on April 24, 2009 in Toronto during National Volunteer Week.  

 The Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers 
Volunteers between the ages of 15 and 24 who live in Ontario and have made outstanding contributions through their volunteer activities are eligible to receive the honour.  
This year's medal recipients will be recognized at a ceremony on April 20, 2009 in Toronto during National Volunteer Week.
To find out more about these awards, visit ontario.ca/honoursandawards

Volunteerism Initiatives

2009 ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge
Young people between the ages of 14-18 are being challenged to each volunteer five hours during National Volunteer Week, April 19-25, 2009.  The Ontario Volunteer Centre Network and 20 participating volunteer centres are partnering with the province to create volunteer opportunities for youth. The campaign has a Facebook group.

Learn more: ontario.ca/changetheworld

Strategic Partnership Initiatives
The Ontario government invests in strategic partnerships with non-profit organizations that strengthen the voluntary sector. Current partnerships are helping to promote volunteering, diversity and inclusion, as well as helping to improve the operational capacity of organizations.
Learn more:  http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/volunteerism/nvw/strengthen.shtml



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