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Ontario Celebrates Local Heroes

McGuinty Government Recognizes Volunteers Across The Province

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

More than 10,000 men, women and youth will be honoured for their dedication to organizations in their local communities across the province.

Each year, the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards recognize thousands of volunteers, of all ages, across the province for years of continuous service to a single organization. Individuals are recognized for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50 and 60 or more years of service. Youth are recognized for two or more years of service.

Forty-eight ceremonies will be held across the province over three months, starting in Stratford on March 22 and ending in Kingston on June 27.

The Volunteer Service Awards are just one way the McGuinty government supports volunteers who are helping to build stronger communities and a stronger Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • Recipients are nominated by the organizations they serve.
  • Other Ontario volunteer recognition programs include the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers, and the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award.
  • This is the fifth year of Ontario's Change the World Campaign - 25 Ontario volunteer centres and organizations are participating, involving hundreds of communities.
  • Five million Ontarians volunteer each year, contributing more than 800 million annual volunteer hours in 46,000 not-for-profit organizations across the province.

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“Volunteers make Ontario a better place to live. Each year they provide vital services to millions of Ontario families. It is our honour to celebrate their generosity and leadership with Volunteer Service Awards.”

Charles Sousa

Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

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