Media Advisory - Lieutenant Governor to honour young volunteers


    TORONTO, April 17 /CNW/ - Eight outstanding youth volunteers will be
honoured at the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers investiture ceremony as
part of National Volunteer Week April 19-25.
    The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will
invest the medals in the presence of the Honourable Michael Chan, Ontario
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.Date:        Monday, April 20, 2009

    Time:        10:30 a.m.

    Location:    Lieutenant Governor's Suite, Music Room
                 Queen's Park, TorontoMedia must register to cover the event by calling the Communications
contact listed below. Please arrive by 10:15 a.m. and enter the Lieutenant
Governor's Suite from the second floor entrance into the Music Room. Following
the ceremony, media may request to take pictures of recipients outside of the
Music Room.
    For more information on the award recipients, please refer to the news
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             ONTARIO MEDAL FOR YOUNG VOLUNTEERS RECIPIENTS 2009

    Created in 1998, the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers recognizes the
outstanding contributions of Ontarians between the ages of 15 and 24 years to
improve the quality of life in the province and internationally through
volunteer activities.
    This year, 8 outstanding young people are being honoured with an Ontario
Medal for Young Volunteers. These individuals are:

    1.  Danny Fee of Toronto, for extensive contributions as a member of the
        City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation volunteer team and
        executive member of the Toronto Youth Ambassadors Network.

    2.  Tamara Gordon of Toronto, for her contributions as an accessibility
        advocate. She is a motivational speaker and organizes events that
        help promote community.

    3.  Jonathan Hesler of Penetanguishene, for his commitment to
        bullying/anti-harassment programs such as endbullyingnow.com
        (http://www.endbullyingnow.com/) which he helped create.

    4.  Miles Hoffman of Pickle Lake, for his role as volunteer worker,
        coach, youth liaison, guide and ambassador at large for this northern
        community.

    5.  Mina Kazemi of Dunnville, for her leadership role in volunteer
        activities in academic settings. At age 16, she co-founded a
        successful leadership camp for young women.

    6.  Bronwyn Loucks of Kingston, for her volunteer commitment to mental
        health issues and helping to reduce the stigma associated with mental
        illness. Bronwyn has worked with numerous organizations in this area
        and is a regular speaker at conferences and agency events.

    7.  Billy Morrison of Niagara-on-the-Lake, for his commitment and
        leadership in the fight to keep his local high school open.

    8.  Bret Shier of Brechin, for his commitment to senior citizens and to
        honouring the legacy of veterans as well as for his volunteer service
        with organized sports in his community.

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    Coralie D'Souza, Minister's Office, 416-325-6204
    Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications 416-314-7010
For further information: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the Lieutenant
Governor, (416) 325-7780; Coralie D'Souza, Minister's Office, (416) 325-6204;
Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications, (416) 314-7010