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Honouring the Province's Outstanding Citizens

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Honouring the Province's Outstanding Citizens

Ontario Recognizes Eight Community Leaders with Medal for Good Citizenship

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

An accessibility champion who was instrumental in encouraging Toronto's Metro Council to install elevators in subway stations is among eight Ontarians receiving the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship.

Sam Savona is being recognized for his lifelong efforts advocating for people who encounter barriers to accessibility, particularly in the area of public transit services. Other honourees being recognized have contributed to community health care and supported at-risk youth.

Celebrating the exceptional contributions of the province's citizens supports the government's plan to work together as One Ontario, building a successful, compassionate and united province where everyone has the opportunity to connect, contribute and achieve their goals.

Quick Facts

  • Created in 1973, the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship recognizes people who have made exceptional long-term contributions to the quality of life in the province.
  • A 2011 survey on what it means to be a citizen in Canada describes being a good citizen as having an active commitment to the community.
  • A 2010 study ranks Canada as the second-most charitable country in the world for the willingness of its citizens to donate time and money to charity.

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“I’m honoured to invest eight role models with the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship. This year’s recipients have embraced their roles as citizens of this province to make a difference in the lives of us all.”

The Honourable David C. Onley

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Michael Coteau

“By finding ways to help their fellow citizens, the eight recipients of the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship have made a remarkable difference in the lives of many people in our province. I want to congratulate them on their awards and thank them for their outstanding work and tireless efforts to strengthen our society.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Monte Kwinter

“Good citizenship is the foundation of strong communities. And recognizing good citizens inspires all Ontarians. I am very proud to help honour their contributions this evening.”

Monte Kwinter

MPP York Centre

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