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Outstanding Volunteers Receive June Callwood Awards

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Outstanding Volunteers Receive June Callwood Awards

Ontario Recognizes Volunteers Making a Difference

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is recognizing 11 individuals and eight organizations with a June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism for their commitment to volunteering and longstanding service to their communities.

This year's recipients include: 

  • Rick Campanelli of North York, who has raised awareness and funds for international development projects as a World Vision ambassador for almost 20 years.
  • Sheila McMahon of Fort Frances, who has helped shape the Friendship Centre movement in Ontario for more than 20 years.
  • Hospice Toronto's Complementary Therapy Volunteer Team, a group of professionals who provide free complementary therapies such as massage, reiki and reflexology to individuals coping with a life-threatening illness.

Recognizing Ontario's volunteers is part of the government's economic 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.

Quick Facts

  • Late journalist, author and Order of Ontario recipient 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 10 to 16, 2016.
  • Since 2009, 150 individuals and groups have received the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.
  • Other Ontario recognition programs for volunteering include the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers and the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards.

Background Information


“The outstanding efforts, commitment and generosity displayed by this year’s award recipients make a real difference in many people’s lives, and are an inspiration for others to follow their lead and give back to their communities. These amazing volunteers truly honour the memory of June Callwood and the impact she had on our province, which still resonates to this day.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade

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