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Volunteers Honoured with June Callwood Awards

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Volunteers Honoured with June Callwood Awards

Ontario Government Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is honouring 14 people and four organizations with a June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award, for their commitment to volunteerism and longstanding service to their communities.

The award recognizes dedicated individuals and non-profit organizations that, like the late June Callwood, have made a lasting and meaningful contribution to their communities or have provided significant support to volunteer activities. This year's recipients include:

  • A volunteer who used her love of music to create one of the largest live music events in northern Ontario.
  • An organization that provides culturally sensitive programs and services to address the needs of Métis people across Ontario.
  • A mother who has raised more than $3 million for research into malignant brain tumours in children and possible treatments.

Recognizing the invaluable contributions of the province's volunteers supports the government's plan to work together as One Ontario, to build a successful, vital province where everyone has the opportunity to connect, contribute and achieve their goals.

Quick Facts

  • 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 6 to 12.
  • More than six million Ontarians volunteer each year.
  • Other Ontario recognition programs for voluntarism include the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers and the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards.

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“These outstanding individuals and organizations demonstrate active citizenship through their dedication to supporting the people in their communities and our province as a whole. They truly honour the memory of June Callwood and I believe she would be proud to have their work recognized in her name.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration



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