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Ontario Honouring Outstanding Young Volunteers

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Ontario Honouring Outstanding Young Volunteers

Three Youth Recognized for Exceptional Service to Others

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Three remarkable youth will receive 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 their communities in unique ways:   

  • Joshua Austin of Orangeville challenged discrimination and advocated for LGBTQ youth and young people dealing with mental illness.
  • Christopher McCormick of Sudbury volunteered thousands of hours to various causes and showed exceptional leadership qualities.
  • Justin Tiseo of London grew a high school charity effort into a leading city-wide cancer fundraising event. 

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will present the medals at a ceremony at Queen's Park, joined by Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. 

As Ontario and Canada commemorate their 150th anniversaries in 2017, Ontario Medal for Young Volunteer recipients remind us that active citizenship begins at any age.   

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“I am pleased to honour these remarkable recipients of the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers. At an early age, each one has made a deliberate effort to serve others and lead by example. Their efforts have helped countless individuals, strengthened their communities and enriched our society.”

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“The young people we are honouring today are role models, not just for their peers, but for everyone in Ontario. Through their exceptional contributions, rooted in compassion and service, they show us that engaged citizenship begins at any age.”

Laura Albanese

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration



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