Outstanding Volunteers Recognized with June Callwood Awards
Ontario Celebrates Notable Contributions to Communities
Ontario is recognizing 12 individuals and four organizations with a June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism for their commitment to volunteering and longstanding service to their communities.
The award recognizes dedicated individuals and organizations who, like the late June Callwood, demonstrate exceptional leadership, creativity and innovation in their service to their communities and others. Examples of this year's recipients include:
- Gerald Bradley of Sudbury, for his astonishing almost 70 years of service to the Sea Cadets and Navy League of Canada.
- Dr. Raj Khanuja of Orangeville, for his annual Free Dental Clinic Day, providing dental care for those who could not otherwise afford it.
- Gerald Mak of Toronto, for his service to Toronto Police Service, including his fundraising efforts in providing leadership award bursaries to underprivileged youth.
- CHATS, or Community & Home Assistance to Seniors, of Aurora, for its excellence in volunteer management in delivering home-based services to over 8,000 seniors.
Supporting the not-for-profit sector and promoting the value of volunteering is part of Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. This includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Journalist, author and Order of Ontario appointee, the late 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 15-21, 2018.
- Since 2009, 198 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, which will be presented on April 19, and the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards, taking place over 57 ceremonies in 45 communities between March 19 and April 29.
“The late June Callwood left a legacy of voluntarism and selflessness that touched every corner of Ontario. Honouring the efforts of volunteers reminds us of the importance of civic engagement and responsibility, and the role we all play in making this province a great place to live.”