Young Ontarians Receive Medals for Volunteer Work
Recognizing Youth with the Province’s Highest Honour for Young Volunteers
Eight exceptional youth are receiving the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers -- the highest honour a young person can achieve for volunteer contributions to the province.
Contributions from this year’s honourees include:
- Addressing isolation felt by Aboriginal youth billeting in large cities in Ontario’s northwest
- Mobilizing a small, rural community to raise funds to build a splash pad for children and their families
- Supporting seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Changing the lives of street kids in Uganda.
All eight young people have inspired their peers and made a tangible difference through their volunteer efforts.
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, presented the medals at a ceremony held at Queen’s Park.
National Volunteer Week runs from April 12th to 18th this year.
The Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers is awarded to youth aged 15 to 24, who have donated their time and talents to a charity, a not-for-profit organization or for inspiring other young people.
Since 1998, the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers has been presented to 135 young volunteers.
Ontario’s outstanding volunteers are also recognized through the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards and the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.
2015 Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers recipients.
“I am pleased to recognize these eight exceptional young people with Ontario Medals for Young Volunteers. Their inspiring contributions remind us all of the profound impact one person can have on the lives of many, regardless of their age or circumstances.”
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell