Volunteers Honoured with June Callwood Awards
Ontario Government Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers
Ontario is honouring twelve people and seven organizations with a June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award, for their commitment to volunteerism and longstanding service to their local communities.
The award recognizes dedicated individuals who, like the late June Callwood, demonstrate exceptional leadership, creativity and innovation in their service to their communities and others. This year's recipients include:
- A volunteer whose vision for a residential hospice has improved end-of-life care for patients.
- An organization that helps to expand opportunities for adults by improving their literacy and numeracy skills.
- A champion for children with mental illness and co-creator of an adaptive cooking class for persons with disabilities.
- A neighbour-to-neighbour initiative that works to improve urban forests by replacing dying mature trees.
- A volunteer who has taught several generations of children how to swim.
Supporting the not-for-profit sector and promoting Ontario's tradition of volunteering is part of the new Ontario government's efforts to build strong communities and a fair society for all.
- 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 being presented during National Volunteer Week, which runs April 21 to 27.
- More than six million Ontarians volunteer each year and contribute more than 860 million annual volunteer hours.
- 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 recognizes the exceptional acts of kindness that the people of Ontario perform every day for their neighbours and communities. By caring for each other, the award recipients are improving the lives of all Ontarians.”