Honouring Outstanding Young Volunteers
Ontario Recognizes Youth with Highest Honour for Young Volunteers
Ten exceptional youth have received the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers - the highest honour a young person can achieve for volunteer contributions to the province.
This year's honourees contributed to Ontario and inspired others to get involved by:
- Encouraging 31 schools to hold a cheek swabbing drive, adding more than 2,800 registrants to a national stem cell and bone marrow registry
- Providing support for children residing in domestic violence shelters
- Addressing challenges faced by young adoptees and their families
- Creating a free drop-in weekly social program for teenagers and youth with autism.
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, presented the medals at a ceremony held at Queen's Park, joined by Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.
- The Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers is awarded to youth aged 15 to 24 who have donated their time and talents to a charitable or not-for-profit organization or initiative, and who have inspired other young people to volunteer.
- Since 1998, the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers has been presented to 143 young volunteers.
- Ontario’s outstanding volunteers are also recognized through the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards and the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.
“It is a privilege to recognize these outstanding young people who have earned the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers. They have demonstrated great dedication, commitment and generosity. Their accomplishments show that the actions of one person, regardless of their age or circumstance in life, can make a real difference.”
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell
“Congratulations to the 2016 recipients of the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers. They inspire others to give back, and serve as a reminder that we all have the power to make a positive impact in our society. These young people have truly made our province a better place.”