Ontario Recognizing More Than 11,000 Volunteers
Volunteer Service Awards Ceremonies Kick Off Across the Province
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.
- Award recipients are nominated by the organizations they serve.
- Adult volunteers are recognized for five to 65+ years of continuous service in five year increments.
- Youth volunteers are recognized for two or more years of continuous service.
- April 23-29, 2017, is National Volunteer Week in Canada.
- Other Ontario volunteer recognition programs include the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers and the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.
“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.”