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2017 June Callwood Award Recipients

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2017 June Callwood Award Recipients

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

This year, 18 individuals and six organizations from across Ontario are being recognized with a June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.

Outstanding Volunteer Award recipients:

Jasmine Artis-Longhurst of Toronto has been improving the economic well-being of Torontonians and breaking down barriers to youth employment for over 10 years. Jasmine was a founding member of the Scarborough Employment Services Group and is a member of the Toronto Employment and Social Services (TESS) Employment Advisory Committee.

Claude Charbonneau of Sudbury has volunteered at Percy Park in his neighbourhood of Flour Mill for 29 years. Claude makes his community a safer, healthier place by organizing countless activities, socials and park improvements.

Gracia Dyer Jalea of Toronto spearheaded the creation of the Toronto Ward Museum, Toronto's first museum of immigration. Gracia's work creates space and opportunity for marginalized people to tell their own stories.

Elma Gabriel-Mayers of Scarborough has been supporting her community of Malvern for over 30 years. Known by some as her community's "God Mother", she works with the 42 Police Division to organize gifts for families in need and run the annual summer Community Camp Widjiitiwin.

Wendy Kenny of Pickering has been volunteering with Victorian Order of Nurses Durham Hospice Services since 2009. Since then, she has provided hope and comfort to 48 patients and their families during one of their most vulnerable times, end of life and bereavement.

Sumeet Khanna of Mississauga has been a pillar of his community for 15 years. After graduating from university, he helped over 100 of his peers transition from education through the McMaster Career Services Centre. He has been a board member of the Autism Dog Services and currently the Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre.

Gilles LeVasseur of Ottawa has advocated on behalf of and has been volunteering with veterans, palliative care patients, and people with special needs for over 25 years. He chaired the Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario, an organization dedicated to helping create cooperative businesses in Ontario.  

Gordon Martineau of Toronto uses his spotlight as Senior Anchor with CityTV's CityNews to champion causes such as the Herbie Fund, MS Society of Canada, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Mt. Sinai Hospital Auxiliary. Since 2009, the Gord Martineau Foundation has offered assistance to the Toronto Children's Breakfast Club, the Second Chance Scholarship Foundation, and the Angkor Children's Hospital in Cambodia.

Gautam Nath of Toronto has spent all 8 of his years in Canada volunteering to help other newcomers adapt and succeed. Within his first few months in Canada he compiled a 35-page document of tips that has since been circulated to over 5,000 new Canadians, and created a LinkedIn group for support on finding jobs that has grown to over 36,000 members.

Paul Nguyen of Toronto has spent more than 13 years bringing his community together through his website, Jane-Finch.com. He has personally produced over 400 broadcast-quality videos documenting life in his community with the aim of breaking down stereotypes, promoting volunteerism and civic responsibility, and encouraging multicultural understanding.

Dave Page of Burlington has spent the past 15 years volunteering with Acclaim Health, a community health service provider, in their hospice, memory and home exercise programs. Dave has also spent the past five years on the Burlington Age-Friendly Council, helping to make Burlington a great place to "live, work and play as we age".

Rose Rennie of Tecumseh has been a volunteer for the Town of Tecumseh for over 35 years, helping to run events such as the Tecumseh Triathlon, the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life, the Terry Fox Run and the International Dragon Boat Festival. Rose may be better-known to children and local Terry Fox Run participants as "Rosie the Clown," who helps them warm up before the race.

Belinda Tait of Brampton is a passionate fundraiser for numerous causes in her local community. She has raised over $10,000 for the Peel Children's Safety Village through her twice annual "Mom 2 Mom" sale, organizes all the fundraising for the Tall Pines Arts Council, and contributes to a variety of fundraising initiatives in her children's elementary school.

Cassandra (Kaysea) Taylor of North Bay is a champion for youth in her community. In addition to her studies and family medicine practice, she has travelled back to North Bay on weekends every winter since 2005 to provide ski lessons to special needs children through Nipissing Trackers.

Sharon Treleaven of Brampton has been a dedicated volunteer crisis responder with the Victim Services of Peel for the past 12 years. Her guidance, support and encouragement to families and individuals experiencing and recovering from trauma is invaluable to the Peel Regional Police and the local Ontario Provincial Police.

Marilyn White of Bancroft has been a long-standing volunteer for various North Hastings schools and is an exceptional fundraiser and leader in her local Relay for Life for the past 12 years. Since suffering a stroke four years ago, Marilyn has also donated considerable time to supporting and encouraging other stroke survivors through their rehabilitation.

Camphill Communities Ontario of Barrie is part of an international organization of communities designed to meet the needs of children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities. More than 100 volunteers donate over 10,000 hours annually to support the work of professional caregivers in creating a vibrant and inclusive community.

Mes Amis Canada of Richmond Hill supports the settlement of Syrian refugees. Since November 2015, they have distributed free clothing, toys and hygiene supplies to over 3,000 Syrian newcomers, distributed 2,500 free food baskets, and recently began an eye clinic that has provided more than 500 eye examinations.

Saugeen RailTrail Association of Port Elgin has developed, maintained and connected over 50 kilometres of accessible, non-motorized community trails since 1990. Used by countless people of all ages and abilities, the Saugeen RailTrail has improved the well-being of local residents and left a legacy for years to come. 

La Troupe des Non-coupables of L'Orignal are a group of 20 volunteers who keep their local history alive and raise funds for local organizations by performing "La dernière pendaison" (The Last Hanging) at the L'Orignal Old Jail. The troupe donates half of all ticket sales to local schools, charities and committees.

Excellence in Volunteer Management recipients:

Lisa Ladoucuer of Thunder Bay is the volunteer coordinator for Evergreen a United Neighbourhood, an organization that works to improve community safety and health in the Simpson-Ogden neighbourhood. Lisa's work has been integral to the growth and success of Evergreen, which is being used as a model in Thunder Bay's City Strategic Plan.

Lisa Rae of Toronto is the manager of volunteer resources for Sinai Health System's Circle of Care, which supports the independence and quality of life of individuals in their homes. Lisa oversees all of Circle of Care's volunteer programs, including Kosher Meals on Wheels, friendly visiting, hospice volunteers, phone pals, and clerical and administrative volunteers.

Pillar Nonprofit Network of London strengthens their local not-for-profit sector by connecting prospective volunteers with not-for-profits. In 2015, Pillar launched the DiverseCity onBoard program to match qualified visible minority and immigrant candidates with not-for-profit boards, helping local organizations better reflect the changing needs of their increasingly diverse communities.

Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest is a fast-growing multicultural festival that fosters civic pride and cultural understanding. To date, they have trained and placed over 400 volunteers. They also engage 20 new local volunteer artists each year, preparing them through coaching and mentorship to perform on stage for a large audience. 

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