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HAMILTON, ON, Nov. 28 /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 Hamilton, November 28, 2007. The evening will be hosted by Kate Bursey, a
member of the Foundation's Grant Review Team.
"The Great Grants Awards recognize the vision, commitment and energy of
Ontario's volunteers and community organizations," said Frank Passaro, Grant
Review Team Chair for Golden Horseshoe/Hamilton region. "This is our 25th year
of strengthening communities and we've been celebrating by holding 16 award
events across the province. We look forward to meeting community members in
Hamilton and the surrounding area who help make Ontario a great place to
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 the Golden Horseshoe/Hamilton region, 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:
- Arts and Culture: Immigrant Culture Art Association. In 2005 with the
help of a three year OTF grant of $130,000, newcomers to Hamilton are
encouraged to put paintbrush to canvas. The Immigrant Culture Art
Association (ICAA) offers art classes to children and youth, and
mentors artists to create work. ICAA also educates the public about
the diversity of artistic experience and expression. It has formed
several community partnerships.
- Sports and Recreation: Hamilton East Kiwanis Boys' and Girls' Club.
In 2005, the Hamilton East Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club received a two
year $48,087 grant to provide a portable skateboard facility. To
date, 489 children and 2,088 youth have used the skate park either at
one of its neighbourhood visits or at one of the many city-wide
- Environment: Hamilton Halton Watershed Stewardship Program. This two
time OTF grantee has made great strides in protecting and restoring
watersheds. With the help of a four year $140,000 grant in 2004, the
program continues to reach some 4,000 landowners, educating and
encouraging them to make environmentally wise choices for their land.
- Human and Social Services: St. Leonard's Society of Hamilton. With
the help of two OTF grants in 2003 and 2006 totalling $350,100, the
society launched the Greenbyte Program. Ex-offenders are trained and
certified to refurbish computers, which are then distributed to low
income families in Hamilton via youth agencies. Through the program,
100 people a year find jobs and training in computer related fields.
To date, over 1,000 computers have been given to low income families.
- Grant Review Team Chair's Award - for exemplary volunteerism: Church
of the Ascension c/o Out of the Cold Program. Thanks to the help of
several OTF grants totalling $33,500 over five years, the Church of
the Ascension continues to offer comfort and hope to Hamilton's poor.
Through the work of over 400 volunteers, including 63 at the Church
of the Ascension, homeless and near homeless people are provided hot,
nutritious meals and basic accommodation.
- 25th Anniversary Award - for remaining a leader in the not-for profit
or charitable sector by consistently delivering on the Foundation's
granting priorities: Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC). With the
help of OTF grants in 2001 and 2003 totalling $305,500, BARC has
bite! BARC unites citizens, business, industry and governments in
pursuit of a healthy Hamilton harbour and bay area. Last year, BARC
made presentations to more than 2,500 people and reached more than
11,000 through displays.
The 2007 Great Grants Awards will be held Wednesday November 28th, from
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in Hamilton. 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
For further information:
For further information: Carolyn Bennett, Writer/Communications Officer,
1-800-263-2887 ext. 293, firstname.lastname@example.org; Immigrant Culture
Art Association, Yar Taraky, (905) 529-0181; Hamilton East Kiwanis Boys' and
Girls' Club, Glenn Harkness, Duane Dahl, (905) 549-2814; Hamilton Halton
Watershed Stewardship Program, Garnet Cowsill, (905) 648-4427; St. Leonard's
Society of Hamilton, John Clinton, (905) 572-1150 ext. 22; Church of the
Ascension c/o Out of the Cold Program, Jim Hawthorne, (905) 527-3505; Bay Area
Restoration Council (BARC), Cindy Smith, (905) 527-7111