Ontario Trillium Foundation 2007 Great Grants Award Winners: Halton-Peel



    MILTON, ON, Nov. 13 /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 Milton, Tuesday, November 13, 2007. The evening will be hosted by Patti
Jannetta-Baker of the Mississauga Waterfront Festival.
    "The Great Grants Awards recognize the vision, commitment and energy of
Ontario's volunteers and their community organizations," said Lindsay
Williams, OTF Grant Review Team Chair for Halton-Peel. "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 Halton and Peel 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 Halton-Peel, 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: Halton-Peel

    -   Arts and Culture: Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton. With the
        help of a three year OTF grant of $102,800 in 2005, the Canadian
        Caribbean Association of Halton brings black history alive. CCAH
        works closely with Halton school boards to engage students in a
        meaningful experience of black history. Through theatre, workshops
        with artists and a speaker series, students connect with history on
        an emotional level and learn about their own country in a memorable
        way.

    -   Sports and Recreation: Action Sports Coalition: In 2005, the Action
        Sports Coalition received an OTF grant of $72,700 over three years to
        establish a year-round program and launch their first ever action
        summer sports camp. After the tragic death of a friend during a BMX
        outing at an unsupervised construction site, the coalition made
        safety a top priority. Group leaders worked with Mississauga city
        staff to ensure that the new BMX and skateboard facilities would not
        only be fun, but provide maximum safety.

    -   Environment: Willow Park Ecology Centre c/o Rotary Club of
        Georgetown: With two OTF grants in 2000 and 2003 totalling $265,400,
        the Willow Park Ecology Centre took root. The first grant helped
        transform a "wasteland" into a natural habitat. The second grant
        helped start an ecological-based education and outreach program as
        well as support the centre's operations. In its short history, the
        park has had over 10,000 visitors.

    -   Human and Social Services: Peer Outreach Support Services & Education
        (POSSE) Collaborative. With the help of a three-year $224,600 OTF
        grant in 2004, Peer Outreach Support Services & Education (POSSE)
        aims to reduce the risk to youth of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and
        overdoses. Run by youth for youth between the ages of 15 and 24,
        POSSE connects with youth on the street, providing referrals and
        support.

    -   Grant Review Team Chair's Award - for exemplary volunteerism:
        Caledon Countryside Alliance. The Foundation provided grants in 2001
        and 2005 totalling $419,800, to implement its "ecological footprint"
        initiative. Residents, local groups and institutions were encouraged
        to take action to reduce waste and conduct sustainable practices. The
        Alliance's initiatives were instrumental in Caledon winning the
        Greenest Town Award in 2003 and an environment award in the
        Grassroots Category from the Rural Ontario award program in 2002.

    -   25th Anniversary Award - for remaining a leader in the not-for profit
        or charitable sector by consistently delivering on the Foundation's
        granting priorities: ErinoakKids. Erinoak the province's largest not-
        for profit accredited treatment facility providing clinical services
        and family support to children and youth with multiple disabilities
        living in Halton and Peel regions. In 2001, OTF awarded a five-year
        $375,000 grant to assist Erinoak clients make the transition into
        mainstream society. Help with health care knowledge, household and
        money management and education planning enable clients and their
        families make informed choices.
    

    The 2007 Great Grants Awards will be held Tuesday, November 13th from
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Country Heritage Park (Gambrel Barn). The award
presentation begins at 5:30 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; Canadian Caribbean
Association of Halton: Veronica Tyrell: (905) 257-0581; Action Sports
Coalition: Neela Gajjar: (416) 859-9029; Willow Park Ecology Centre c/o Rotary
Club of Georgetown: Brian Thomas: (905) 873-1742; POSSE Collaborative: Kimm
Kent: (519) 853-5908; Caledon Countryside Alliance: Karen Hutchinson: (905)
584-6221; ErinoakKids: Mary-King Lyons: (905) 828-3259


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