The 2010 June Callwood Awards Recipients
The June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Awards for Voluntarism recognize individuals and groups who have made an exceptional contribution to volunteerism in Ontario.
Ruth Bell-Towns of Bracebridge was instrumental in setting up the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity in Muskoka and building seven homes in the area from the ground up. She has also worked with other community organizations including the YMCA and the Muskoka Women' Shelter.
Mariana Bockarova of Toronto is a university student who developed workshops to improve body image and self-esteem for adolescent girls. Mariana also organizes conferences for youth to discuss consumerism and media.
Dell Butler of Englehart has volunteered for 57 years with the local fire service department --protecting the citizens of his community, training new recruits and becoming a mentor for other firefighters and officers.
Gregory Chellew of Mississauga has been an active volunteer for Silver Creek Pre-School for nearly 20 years, helping raise funds in support of families raising children with physical and developmental challenges.
Norma Cox of Sarnia is a philanthropist with19 years of volunteer work with Bluewater Health, hospitals and other charitable organizations. She has supported the city's youth by donating $1 million for major upgrades to Tecumseh Park and developing a post-secondary scholarship program for high school students volunteering with local charities.
Sagar Dugani of Toronto is a medical/PhD student who co-founded IMAGINE, a student-run health clinic for vulnerable inner-city populations. He has connected students from nine health programs with community leaders and community partners to increase faculty partnerships and student collaborations.
Catherine Fallis of Toronto is a lifetime volunteer who has been involved with the YWCA, St. Christopher House and Trinity-St. Paul's Church. At age 90, she has served on numerous committees that provide support, social services and care to low-income women, the elderly and newcomers.
Ozhand Ganjavi of Sudbury has volunteered tirelessly to bring the Muslim community together, and build relationships with other agencies and community groups. He co-founded the Sudbury Interfaith Dialogue, a forum for members of all faiths to share their experiences with others.
Trevor Gray of Toronto has long been an advocate for better care of people living with HIV-AIDS in the African Caribbean community. Trevor has volunteered with a number of agencies, including the African Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS, Canadian AIDS Society and Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention to reduce the vulnerability of HIV patients, improve their care and erase the stigma that comes with the disease.
Denys Jones of Brantford spent over 30 years volunteering for different children-focused organizations. Denys has served as a volunteer board member on different committees including the Brant Healthcare Community System, the Brantwood Centre and the Kiwanis Club of Brantford.
Jeff Keshen of Ottawa has been a strong promoter of volunteerism among students. Jeff created the Community Service Learning Program at the University of Ottawa, providing opportunities for hundreds of students to volunteer at under-resourced community groups.
John Liptay of Grafton was instrumental in the creation of Grafton Heritage Park, a showplace of history and local horticulture. His work has contributed to the well-being and improvement of the lives of his fellow citizens.
John Man of Markham is a fundraising volunteer who brought the Chinese community together to support the Schulich Heart Centre Matching Campaign, raising $5 million for the Sunnybrook Hospital.
Armin Mohammadi of Richmond Hill is a Grade 10 student who volunteered more than 1,230 hours helping the elderly through organizations such as the Sunnybrook Hospital, the Mariann Elderly Home and the York Central Hospital. He also organizes a charitable donation program for children overseas and has developed his own organization, students4students.
Bruce Owen of Barrie has volunteered for 50 years improving the cultural life of his community. He founded Barrie's Colours of Music festival which brings nationally and internationally acclaimed artists to Barrie.
The SchoolHouse Project of Owen Sound has raised funds and built a one-room schoolhouse at Grey Roots Museum and Archives. The school replica is designed to educate future generations on the educational history of the region and create an enjoyable and entertaining window into the past.
Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. staff members have supported the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) for 4 years. Volunteers create writing programs for students experiencing the early onset of schizophrenia, and work with the Breakfast Club, a group for individuals who live with mental illness and addiction.
St. Michael's Hospital Urban Angels Philippines Mission of Toronto is a volunteer team that travels to the Philippines to provide free eye-care treatment. Each year volunteers from the hospital staff collectively use 800 vacation days to attend to over 2,000 patients.