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Ontario Volunteers Receive June Callwood Awards

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Ontario Volunteers Receive June Callwood Awards

Honouring Outstanding Volunteers Who Make a Difference Across the Province

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is recognizing 15 individuals and three organizations for their commitment to volunteerism and longstanding service to their communities by presenting them with a June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.

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 mentors former gang members in marginalized communities and low-income neighbourhoods across the GTA.
  • An organization that helps people who have a history of mental health and addiction challenges to pursue self-employment, through low-interest loans for small business, as well as free training and mentorship.
  • A hydrogeologist who organized the first Children’s Groundwater Festival, a program that has taught more than half a million Ontario students about surface water and groundwater protection and conservation.

Recognizing Ontario’s volunteers is part of the government’s commitment to strengthen the not-for-profit sector and build on our strong culture of voluntarism. It is also part of the government’s four-part plan to build Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

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 from April 12th to 18th.
  • Since 2009, 130 individuals and groups have received the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.
  • Other Ontario recognition programs for voluntarism include the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers, and the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards.

Background Information


“These outstanding individuals, through their tireless efforts, generosity and dedication, truly honour the memory of June Callwood and her incredible impact on our province. The work that they do, not only affects the lives of those around them, but inspires others to seek out ways to give back in their own communities.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade



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