2013 June Callwood Award Recipients
Twelve people and seven organizations from across Ontario are receiving the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism:
Jackie Barraco of Kingsville has been a passionate volunteer for the Ruthven Apple Festival for 33 years, helping to raise thousands of dollars in support of people with intellectual disabilities in Essex County.
Paulet Biedermann of Cambridge is a champion of women, youth, the mentally ill and newcomers. Through her radio talk show, "Your Best You", she highlights issues affecting the Caribbean and African community, and advocates for abused victims and pregnant teens.
Pauline Duncan of Toronto is the friendly face at Women's College Hospital who welcomes women who have experienced trauma and violence. She also volunteers on fundraising projects and supports patients at the new Aboriginal-led midwifery clinic in the hospital.
Selena Forsyth of Port Hope advocates for people with disabilities and her determination has made her municipality more responsive. As chair of the Accessibility Advisory Committee, she advocated for wheelchair accessible sidewalks, traffic lights with visual and audible signals for pedestrians, and accessible buses and playgrounds.
Paulette Frater of Scarborough has been involved with the Canadian Centre for Women's Education for 13 years, helping to provide services and programs for women of ethnocultural communities across the GTA. She helps women connect with community organizations, escape domestic violence and poverty, and follow healthier lifestyles.
Carmela Liparoti of Mississauga has volunteered with the Mississauga Italian Canadian Benevolent Association for 26 years. The Association provides affordable housing and services for seniors, and daycare for children of single women. She helped create Villa Forum, a long-term care home for Italian and other multicultural seniors.
Jim McIntosh of Minesing helped enhance quality end-of-life care for patients in Simcoe County. His vision, leadership and fundraising efforts were instrumental in the building and opening of Hospice House, a 10 bed residential facility for people suffering from a terminal illness, and their families.
Shirley O'Neil of Cobourg is a lifetime volunteer who has been involved with the Cobourg Police Services, the Northumberland Hills Hospital Auxiliary, and YMCA Northumberland, helping to provide a healthy and safe community. At age 80, she continues volunteering, mentoring children and teens through swimming lessons and other programs.
Margaretta Papp-Belayneh of Barrie advocates for more accessible public services for people with disabilities. As chair of the Innisfil Accessibility Awareness Committee, she introduced Paint the Town Yellow, an initiative to highlight curb-ramps and dangerous edges for the safety of disabled people. She also helped design a sensory challenge to have others get experience of life in a wheelchair.
Brenda Ryan of London champions children with mental illness, leading the design and construction of Ontario's largest youth shelter. She founded PEPTalk (parents encouraging parents) for those raising high-risk youth, and more recently co-created a popular series of adaptive cooking classes for people with disabilities, both in London and Toronto.
Victoria Serda of Port Elgin volunteers to create social awareness for environmentally sustainable communities in both urban and rural areas. She was instrumental in creating the Saugeen Shores Environmental Committee and initiatives such as Trees for Saugeen, planting thousands of trees in public parks, trails, boulevards and living fences along busy highways.
Eleanor Webb of Brampton is the longest-serving volunteer at Peel Children's Aid society. For 33 years, she has assisted parents with child management, enabled and supervised parental visits to children in cases of abuse, and linked high-risk parents to a drop-in centre.
Alvinston Community Group is dedicated to promoting a strong and viable community by challenging residents to care about the appearance and preserve the spirit of the municipality of Brooke-Alvinston in Lambton County. The community group partnered with a local service organization to build a skateboard park, and a community garden, and refresh the look of the downtown corridor, attracting new families and businesses into the area.
Hospice of Waterloo Region provides comfort, care and support to people affected by life-threatening illness. The Kitchener facility helps over 800 families a year with programs such as respite and bereavement support for children, teens and adults. The hospice includes a family palliative care clinic run by physicians, nurses and educators, a salon and a meditation room.
North Bay Literacy Council, Inc. has helped adults improve their English and numeracy skills in the Nipissing area for 35 years. As a result, the council has improved employment prospects, academic and self-management skills, and self-confidence of young adults who are no longer in school.
Victim Services of Algoma is a volunteer organization that assists local police services around the clock in responding to emergency calls from victims of crime and other traumatic events. For 25 years, the volunteers, who are called out at any time of the day or night, have also provided community referrals and practical assistance to families affected by sudden death, accidents, suicide, fire and other catastrophes.
The Hutton House Access Voluntarism Program of London provides volunteer opportunities to people with disabilities. Volunteers are matched with community needs in line with their interests. For the past 14 years, the program has helped more than 500 people give 146,000 hours of volunteer time, making meaningful contributions to their community.
The Leslieville Tree Project of Toronto is a neighbour-to-neighbour initiative that works to restore the local tree canopy in eight areas of the city. Staffed by more than 100 volunteers working in conjunction with the City of Toronto, the project improves urban forests by replacing dying mature trees. The Tree Project is a replicable model that allows other community groups to implement it across the city.
The Manitouwadge Cancer Assistance Group - Friends Who Care helps cancer patients with illness-related expenses when they have exhausted other options. The group partners with local businesses to organize golf and volleyball tournaments, walks, hockey games, and other events to help cancer patients from remote areas of Manitouwadge receive professional, supportive care.