2018 June Callwood Award Recipients
This year, 12 individuals and four organizations from across Ontario are being recognized with a June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.
This year's outstanding volunteer award recipients are:
Gerald Bradley of Sudbury, who has been a volunteer with the Navy League of Canada Sudbury Branch for almost 70 years, beginning as a young Sea Cadet in 1946. He has also provided leadership to minor league sports, impacting countless youth in his community.
Kimberley Cheeseman of Aurora, who is dedicated to helping the less fortunate through her United Church Womens Group, and personally organizes and fundraises for mission trips to the Dominican Republic.
Sharron Graydon of New Liskeard, who has had a hand in countless community events, and has been integral to their success. An avid fundraiser, she also provided leadership to the revival of the Annual New Liskeard Fall Fair.
Ken Hood of Lively, a dedicated Big Brother for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. His dedication goes far beyond his own "little brother", leading events for other children and ensuring they all have the financial means to participate.
Dr. Raj Khanuja of Orangeville, who has been organizing a Free Dental Clinic Day in Dufferin County every year since 2012, providing dental services to those who otherwise could not afford it. In 2017, he expanded the free clinic to Wellington County as well.
Gerald Mak of Toronto, a role model for other young people through his countless service hours with the Toronto Police Service, the City of Toronto and Ryerson University. Since the age of 16, he has helped planned numerous community events and fundraising for non-profits, continuing to inspire those to give back to our community.
Viresh Mathur of Scarborough, a leader in anti-racism and community-building initiatives, bringing people together to create the Mosaic South Asian Festival in Mississauga and volunteering with the Division 42 Community Police Liaison Committee and the South Asian Advisory Board of United Way.
Tatiana Norman of Barrie, who makes and delivers free soup to the homeless every Saturday in her "Big Black Soup Truck". Her kindness and dedication to her community warms hearts as much as her soup.
Kenneth Olsen of Toronto, who helps deliver Access Alliance's LGBTQ+ newcomer programs, including weekly resettlement workshops and holiday celebrations. He also began and leads a weekly cooking workshop where newcomers can share knowledge, hone their skills and enjoy a warm meal in a safe place.
Valerie Pringle of Toronto, who has brought a prominent face to struggles with mental illness through her 20 years of service to CAMH. She is also an enthusiastic fundraiser, benefiting the Trans Canada Trail Foundation and Ryerson University, among many others.
Judy Sauvé of Eganville, a tireless contributor to the well-being of her community, leading the Horticultural Society and creating and running the Farmer's Market. She is also an indispensable volunteer and fundraiser at the local library.
Green Access Rooftop Garden Group at AccessPoint on Danforth in Toronto, which has a dedicated group of more than 250 volunteers who produce an average of 500 pounds of food annually to share with community kitchens. Its gardeners also take on leadership roles teaching workshops to promote gardening and waste reduction.
Live From the Rock Blues and Folk Society, which organizes an annual folk festival on the shores of Lake Superior in Red Rock. The festival showcases iconic and emerging Canadian and Indigenous artists, and is delivered entirely by more than 200 volunteers.
Ottawa Community Housing Corporation Volunteer Engagement Program, which works with corporate sponsors to donate time and funds to enhancing community housing common areas in ways that improve the quality of life and bring joy to residents. The program has doubled in size in just six years, and is a model for other jurisdictions.
This year's excellence in volunteer management recipients are:
Debra Ward of Brantford, the Coordinator of Volunteer Services for Brant Family and Children's Services. She has been responsible for expanding the program since it began, and is renowned for her ability to evaluate and match volunteers with placements that inspire them and help build their confidence and capacity.
CHATS, or Community & Home Assistance to Seniors, which is the largest provider of in-home and community services in York Region and South Simcoe, engaging more than 500 volunteers to deliver services to more than 8,000 clients. Its volunteer engagement model successfully strengthens connections between volunteers and their supervisors and clients, and encourages empowerment and personal growth.