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Province Honours Youth Role Models

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Province Honours Youth Role Models

Ontario Medal For Young Volunteers

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Twelve youth will receive Ontario's highest honour for young people, the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers, for their community contributions, national and international.

This year's recipients include tutors for at-risk youth, advocates for accessibility and education, mentors and pioneers of local and international initiatives.

The recipients, between the ages of 15 and 24, are resolving local and global problems with innovative actions.  Their efforts empower other youth and all Ontarians to make a difference through volunteerism.

The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will award the medals at a ceremony at Queen's Park on Monday, April 19, to mark National Volunteer Week.  

Quick Facts

  • Created in 1998, the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers recognizes the contributions of young people through volunteer activities.
  • National Volunteer Week is April 18-24, 2010.
  • The Change the World Youth Volunteer Challenge and the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award ceremony are among the Government of Ontario events taking place during National Volunteer Week.

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“I am proud to honour12 of Ontario's youngest role models with this medal. Through their giving, and lasting commitment to community service, they have embraced their communities and this honour shows how strongly they have been embraced in return.”

The Honourable David C. Onley

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“These 12 youth demonstrate that everyone can be an agent for change. By making volunteerism a priority, they are making their communities and the world a better place for all of us. They are shining examples of what one person can do to change the world.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

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