Ontario Spirit Award Recipients Announced
Young Ontarians To Be Recognized For Tsunami Contributions
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today congratulated 24 Ontario Spirit Award recipients for their outstanding efforts in raising awareness and funds for victims of the December 2004 tsunami disaster.
"Although the tsunami happened across the world, the terrible loss of life and human suffering touched many people right here in Ontario," said Premier McGuinty. "People of all ages and from all walks of life helped where they could and gave of themselves. Today, we're recognizing some of the unique contributions made by young people."
In June 2005, Premier McGuinty announced the Ontario Spirit Award to recognize those who responded to the tsunami disaster. Premier McGuinty was joined by Ontario Citizenship and Immigration Minister Mike Colle at a special ceremony where recipients were presented with a provincial award to recognize their contributions to tsunami relief.
"These are very special young people who've reached out and made such a difference to so many people in their time of need," said Colle. "They make us proud to be Ontarians."
Soon after the disaster, the Government of Ontario responded with a $5-million donation to the Red Cross. The government has also helped tsunami victims by providing aid, sending supplies and expertise to the region, and establishing Ontario's tsunami emotional response telephone line.
"In the days and weeks following the devastation of the tsunami, we worked together to help our fellow citizens of the world. The worst of disasters brought out the best in all Ontarians," said Premier McGuinty. "As these young award recipients have shown, the people of Ontario understand the simple but profound fact that we are all connected wherever we may live."