McGuinty Government Names Award After June Callwood
Outstanding Achievement Award For Voluntarism Renamed In Her Honour
The McGuinty government is renaming a provincial award -- the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism in Ontario -- to recognize the author and community activist's exceptional contributions to the province, said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"So many of the things that make up our great quality of life -- schools, hospitals, parks and cultural attractions -- rely on dedicated, hard-working volunteers," said Premier McGuinty. "These awards are a way to officially express our appreciation for the difference people make in the lives of their fellow citizens. Adding June Callwood's name to this distinction makes it all the more meaningful."
Each year, up to 20 of these awards are given to those who have enriched their communities through voluntary action and extraordinary leadership and creativity. Those who are eligible include individuals, groups and businesses that have made lasting contributions to voluntarism, or provided significant support to the voluntary sector in their communities.
"The naming of this award after me means a lot as I feel passionately that volunteers, those people who help one another out of goodwill, are the glue of our society and honouring volunteers is one of the most worthwhile things that a government can do," said Callwood.
Starting this year, these awards will officially become the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Awards for Voluntarism in Ontario. Callwood is a Canadian journalist, author and social activist, born in Chatham. She has become one of Canada's most famous social justice activists, helping to create numerous social action organizations including Casey House, a Toronto hospice for people with AIDS. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada and received the Order of Ontario in 1988.
"June Callwood has done so much to help build a strong, caring and compassionate society in our great province -- her work has touched so many lives and her commitment has inspired others to get involved," said Premier McGuinty. "We're fortunate to count her as one of our own, and we're pleased that she has allowed us to elevate these awards by adding her name."