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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 18 individuals and six organizations with a June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism for their commitment to volunteering and longstanding service to their communities.

The June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarismcelebrates dedicated non-profit organizations and individuals who, like the late June Callwood, have made a lasting and meaningful contribution as volunteers in their communities.

This year's recipients in the Outstanding Volunteer Award category include: 

  • Paul Nguyen of Toronto, for his impact in breaking down stereotypes and promoting civic responsibility in his community through Jane-Finch.com.
  • Cassandra (Kaysea) Taylor of North Bay, for providing ski lessons to special needs children and their families through the Nipissing Trackers.
  • La Troupe des Non-coupables of L'Orignal, for promoting Eastern Ontario history through theatre and donating their ticket sale proceeds.

This is also the inaugural year of the Excellence in Volunteer Management category, which recognizes the important work volunteer managers do to support and encourage volunteering in their communities. Recipients include: 

  • Lisa Ladoucuer of Thunder Bay, for her role as the Volunteer Coordinator for Evergreen a United Neighbourhood, which worked to improve community safety and health in the Simpson-Ogden neighbourhood.
  • Pillar Nonprofit Network of London, for its work connecting prospective volunteers with non-profits, including running the DiverseCity OnBoard program to improve representation of visible minorities and immigrants on non-profit boards.

 As Canada and Ontario commemorate their 150th anniversaries in 2017, we are reminded of the significant role volunteers play in building a strong and inclusive society.

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 23 to 29, 2017.
  • Since 2009, 174 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.

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“These amazing volunteers honour the memory of June Callwood in every action they take to improve the lives of others. It’s a privilege to be able to recognize and thank them for their important work on behalf of all Ontarians.”

Laura Albanese

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration



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