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Ontario Recognizes More Than 8,000 Volunteers

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Ontario Recognizes More Than 8,000 Volunteers

Volunteer Service Awards Ceremonies Held Across the Province

Ontario recognized more than 8,000 volunteers at 57 Volunteer Service Awards ceremonies across the province from March 19 to May 1, 2018. 

The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards recognized adult volunteers for five or more years of continuous service to an organization and youth volunteers for two or more years of continuous service.
Volunteers contribute a wide range of services to Ontario, including:

  • Organizing youth programs like sports, summer camps, and after-school groups
  • Supporting staff and patients at hospitals and long-term care facilities
  • Promoting awareness of social issues and fundraising for non-profit groups
  • Planting trees, protecting wildlife, and advocating for the welfare of the environment

Quick Facts

  • Since 1986, more than 211,000 volunteers have been recognized through the Volunteer Service Awards.
  • Award recipients were nominated by the organizations they serve.
  • Adult volunteers age twenty-five or older were recognized for five to 65+ years of continuous service in five year increments. Youth volunteers age twenty-four or younger were recognized for two or more years of continuous service.
  • April 15-21, 2018, was National Volunteer Week in Canada.
  • Other awards programs recognizing Ontario volunteers include the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers and the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.

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“The selfless contributions provided by thousands of volunteers are an enormous part of what makes Ontario great. Whether it’s empowering the vulnerable, comforting the sick, raising awareness or raising funds for a good cause, our volunteers work tirelessly to make our communities and our province a better place to live.”

Laura Albanese

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

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