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Ontario Recognizing More Than 11,000 Volunteers

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Ontario Recognizing More Than 11,000 Volunteers

Volunteer Service Award Ceremonies Kick Off Today Across Ontario

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is celebrating the contributions of more than 11,000 volunteers at 54 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards ceremonies across the province from March to June.

Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, will be in Guelph this evening to kick off the province-wide ceremonies and recognize 148 volunteers who have dedicated their time to the Guelph community.

The awards recognize people across Ontario for volunteering their time to organizations like the Canadian Red Cross and Girl Guides of Canada, and helping out with community volunteer projects like organizing science fairs, planting trees, helping seniors stay active and welcoming newcomers.

Certificates and customized trillium pins will be awarded to people with five to 60 or more years of service. Youth will also be recognized for two or more years of volunteer service.

Supporting volunteers is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

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“The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards offer us a chance to recognize volunteers and the vital role that they play in our communities and organizations. These awards are our way of saying thank you for their significant contributions.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade

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