Honouring Ontario's Outstanding Volunteers
McGuinty Government Presents 2012 June Callwood Awards
Ontario is recognizing 11 people and seven organizations with a June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award, for their commitment to volunteerism and longstanding service to their communities.
Recipients are selected for sharing June Callwood's exceptional leadership and innovative spirit, and her unwavering commitment to helping others. This year's recipients include:
- A volunteer firefighter who has served more than half a million hours and almost 60 years of service
- An advocate for social justice for people with intellectual disabilities
- A community group that helps to feed over 3,000 kids on school breakfast and snack programs
- An organization that provides front-line suicide prevention and crisis support, responding to 120,000 calls each year.
Recognizing Ontario's volunteers is part of the McGuinty government's commitment to strengthen the not-for-profit sector and build on our strong culture of volunteerism.
- Late journalist and author June Callwood was one of Canada's most well-known social activists, founding or co-founding more than 50 Canadian social action organizations.
- The award is presented during National Volunteer Week, which runs April 15 to 21.
- Five million Ontarians volunteer more than 800 million hours annually.
- Other Ontario recognition programs for voluntarism include the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers, the Volunteer Service Awards and the Newcomer Champion Awards - ChangeTheWorld Youth Ambassador.
“This award is a fitting way to recognize the people in our province who, like June Callwood, not only put others first, but are using innovative ways to make life better for their fellow Ontarians.”