Ontario Trillium Foundation 2007 Great Grants Award Winners: Eastern Ontario



    OTTAWA, Nov. 19 /CNW/ - Six remarkable Ontario not-for-profit
organizations will be honoured for the difference they have made in their
communities at the Ontario Trillium Foundation's 25th Anniversary celebration
in Ottawa, Monday, November 19, 2007. The awards show will feature
presentations by Robin Cardozo, CEO Ontario Trillium Foundation and
Gisèle Richer, OTF Board Member.
    "The Great Grants Awards recognize the vision, commitment and energy of
Ontario's volunteers and their community organizations," said Gérald Samson,
OTF Grant Review Team Chair for Champlain. "This is our 25th year of
strengthening communities and we're marking the occasion by holding 16 award
events across the province. We look forward to celebrating with our fellow
community members who make Champlain such a dynamic and vibrant place to
live."
    The Foundation presents the Great Grants Awards every two years. The
award winners were selected by volunteers who serve on the local Grant Review
Team. In Champlain, six organizations were chosen for their outstanding
achievements in the Arts and Culture, Sports and Recreation, Environment and
Human and Social Services sectors.

    
    2007 Great Grants Award Winners: Champlain

    -   Arts and Culture: Bells Corner Academy of Music. In 2003, with the
        help of a two year OTF grant of $46,800, the Bells Corner Academy of
        Music delivered workshops throughout national capital region
        elementary schools. Over 4,000 students participated in this hands-on
        music education program, with 65 workshops taking place in
        32 schools, the majority of which were located in the inner-city.

    -   Sports and Recreation: Rendez-vous des aînès francophones d'Ottawa.
        In 2005, OTF granted $90,000 over three years to help the
        organization consolidate and expand its activities. In the past two
        years, the group's membership has grown to over 600 people. The
        organization has been very successful in developing programs that
        include workshops, art classes, walking clubs, travel and outings.
        The organization exudes a tremendous spirit of volunteerism. Over
        three years, the volunteer group has grown from a handful of
        dedicated board members to over 110 committed individuals.

    -   Environment: Sierra Youth Coalition c/o Sierra Club of Canada
        Foundation. With OTF grants in 2004 and 2005 totalling $99,800, the
        group developed and established the Community Youth Action Project,
        to engage high school students on environmental and social justice
        issues in their own communities. Through youth gatherings, workshops
        on social justice and environmental imperatives and the development
        of action plans, youth connected with their communities and each
        other.

    -   Human and Social Services: Alzheimer Society of Ottawa. In 2001 and
        2004, OTF gave grants totaling $204,000 to help the organization
        develop and implement a vital new program. Through First Link, the
        organization makes initial contact with newly diagnosed persons and
        caregivers and provides ongoing information and support. Over the
        three year period of the grant, the organization helped close to
        1,000 families and developed strong partnerships with over
        300 physicians.

    -   Grant Review Team Chair's Award - for exemplary volunteerism:
        Invitation: The Quilt of Belonging. In 2003, OTF granted over
        $55 thousand dollars to a group involved in a unique project. The
        Quilt of Belonging is Canada's most comprehensive textile art
        project. Over 40 thousand volunteer hours have been contributed to
        this truly nation-building project. The quilt is on a five year tour
        across Canada and has just been shown in Houston, Texas, at the
        International Quilt Festival.

    -   25th Anniversary Award - for remaining a leader in the not-for-profit
        or charitable sector by consistently delivering on the Foundation's
        granting priorities: L'Association canadienne-francaise de l'Ontario,
        Conseil regional d'Ottawa. In 2005, OTF granted the group $195,500
        over three years to promote and celebrate Franco-Ontarian heritage in
        schools. A network of student ambassadors of the Franco-Ontarian flag
        was established to bring history and culture alive for kids. Through
        the program, students learn about Franco-Ontarian history and gain
        pride in the accomplishments of its people.
    

    The 2007 Great Grants Awards will be held Monday, November 19th from
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (Irving Greenberg
Theatre Centre) in Ottawa. The award presentation begins at 5:20 p.m. The
Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario. To
learn more about OTF, visit www.trilliumfoundation.org.





For further information:

For further information: Carolyn Bennett, Writer/Communications Officer,
1-800-263-2887 ext. 293, cbennett@trilliumfoundation.org; Bells Corner Academy
of Music: Yves Laroche, (613) 596-5783; Rendez-vous des aînés francophones
d'Ottawa: Marcel Gibeault, (613) 824-4625; Sierra Youth Coalition c/o Sierra
Club of Canada Foundation: Youri Cormier, (613) 241-1615; Alzheimer Society of
Ottawa: Debbie Seto, (613) 523-4004; Invitation: The Quilt of Belonging,
Esther Bryan, (613) 347-2381; L'Association canadienne-française de l'Ontario,
Conseil régional d'Ottawa, Nicholas Séguin, (613) 558-2549


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