The 2009 Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship Recipients
The recipients of the 2009 Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship are:
Arnav Agarwal of Mississauga is a teenager who has logged 2,500 volunteer hours for many causes. Arnav has been involved with the Credit Valley Hospital, the Red Cross Society, the Mississauga YMCA and the Peel Region's Energy Smart, among other organizations.
Michael Baum of Toronto has successfully fundraised in front of Holt Renfrew on Bloor Street Toronto for the last 18 years, raising $500,000 for people with disabilities. Michael, born with cerebral palsy, is a remarkable person who has demonstrated determination and passion for his cause.
Dr. Lawson Bruce Cronk of Belleville is a retired cardiac specialist who has donated blood 181 times and organized outreach missions and the shipping of diagnostic equipment to remote and small hospitals.
Jean Davis of Dorchester is known for her commitment to her community whether it is volunteering as a mentor with Girl Guides of Canada, organizing summer camps or operating a food bank.
Mervin Dewasha of Orangeville has been a long term advocate for Native access to education. Mervin was instrumental in creating the Amik Program in the faculty of applied science and engineering at the University of Toronto, to promote enrolment of First Nations students.
Barbara Edwards Is one of the longest serving foster parents in Ontario. She has served as a foster mother for 63 years and continues to provide a loving home for children in need.
Edward Jackson of Ottawa is an academic from Carleton University who has worked to connect universities with community organizations. He is a tireless advocate of gender equality and racial harmony who continues his efforts to increase social innovation as a means to sustain vital programs and services.
Ranee Mahalingam of Scarborough has been a strong promoter of science and engineering as a career choice, especially for young people. She is well known for serving on many committees with the Professional Engineers Ontario and for volunteering her engineering knowledge and assisting in fundraising events for charitable organizations.
Cyndy McLean of Guelph is an advocate for people with disabilities. Since 2003, after an accident, she has been a promoter of Wheels in Motion, an event that raises money for people with spinal cord injuries. She is a motivational speaker, mentor and role model to children and families living with physical disabilities.
Bilaal Rajan of Richmond Hill is a fundraiser and UNICEF Canada's Children's Ambassador. At age 13, he is a world-renowned children's and environmental activist, motivational speaker, author, and online radio host who has raised more than $5 million to help disadvantaged children around the world.
Ariel Walker of Cambridge, founder of the Huntington Society of Canada, has served people and families living with Huntington's disease. She is also a mentor to her peers in the nursing community and a dedicated volunteer for the Sunnyside Gift shop, a revenue generating service of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital.