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Ontario Recognizing More Than 11,000 Volunteers

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Ontario Recognizing More Than 11,000 Volunteers

Volunteer Service Awards Ceremonies Kick Off Across the Province

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is recognizing more than 11,000 volunteers at 55 Volunteer Service Awards ceremonies taking place in 40 communities across the province from March to June 2017.

The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards recognize adult volunteers for five to 65+ years of continuous service to an organization and youth volunteers for two or more years of continuous service. Each volunteer will receive a certificate and customized trillium pin to recognize the vital role they play in our communities.

Among their many contributions, volunteers:

  • Help out at local schools, hospitals and seniors' centres
  • Take their neighbours to appointments and help newcomers settle
  • Plant trees and raise funds for a variety of causes
  • Play a vital role in the governance of Ontario's non-profit sector.

As Canada and Ontario commemorate their 150th anniversaries in 2017, volunteers remind us of the important role civic responsibility plays in building a strong, caring and inclusive society.

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“The support provided by Ontario’s army of volunteers is indispensable. Whether it’s empowering the vulnerable, comforting the sick, raising awareness or raising funds, our volunteers work tirelessly to make our communities and our province a better place in which to live.”

Laura Albanese

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration



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