Young Ontarians Honoured For Outstanding Leadership And Initiative



    Role Models For Tomorrow's Community Leaders

    QUEEN'S PARK, June 4 /CNW/ - Eleven young people will receive Ontario's
most prestigious award for young volunteers, the Honourable James K.
Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, announced today.
    The Lieutenant Governor will host the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers
investiture ceremony on Saturday, June 9, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at Queen's Park
in the main lobby of the Ontario Legislative Building.
    "Ontario's youth need good roles models," said Mr. Bartleman, "so it is
really important to publicly recognize outstanding young people who have shown
leadership, initiative, perseverance and vision. These are the qualities we
all need in our leaders of tomorrow."
    The Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers was created in 1998 to recognize
the outstanding contributions of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 to
improve the quality of life in Ontario and internationally through volunteer
activities.
    "The exceptional contributions of these admirable young people are truly
deserving of recognition," said the Honourable Mike Colle, Ontario Minister of
Citizenship and Immigration. "Their contributions have had a profound impact,
not only in their own communities, but across the province and in some cases,
around the world."

    The recipients of the award on June 9 are:

    Maddison Babineau of Hamilton (posthumous) for raising thousands of
dollars for charity and motivating her friends to help raise funds for a
village in Kenya.

    Justin Lucas Beaver of Summer Beaver for serving as a role model for his
schoolmates at the Nibinamik Education Centre and for volunteering in his
community.

    James Binsfeld of King City for inspiring youth with disabilities to
participate in sports.

    Jeremy Dias of Ottawa who has set up a scholarship awarded for combating
discrimination, especially those affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and
trans-gendered communities.

    Ryan V. Hreljac of Kemptville who at age six set out to raise $70 to
build a well in Africa, and whose foundation went on to build 266 wells over
nine years in 12 countries.

    Christine Kerr of Fonthill who during the past 17 years has demonstrated
leadership in encouraging volunteerism in her school, church and community.

    Laura Konkel of Toronto for her idea and promotion of the 2005 Victory
Europe 50th Anniversary commemorative watch campaign to link today's youth
with Canadian World War II veterans.

    Derek Lawrence of Thunder Bay whose advocacy helped see that the full
cost of insulin pumps and supplies are covered for 1,000 children aged 18 and
under across the province.

    Rohit Mehta of Mississauga for his many volunteer and environmental
contributions to his school and community, and for being the youngest person
ever to receive the Mississauga Volunteer of the Year Award.

    Jason R. H. Slater of Bracebridge for dedication to helping the homeless
on the streets of Toronto.

    Nomusa Taylor-Dube of Toronto for improving the lives of disadvantaged
adults and children both in Ghana and Toronto.

    Recipients are selected by an independent advisory council made up of
seven members appointed by the Premier. The Lieutenant Governor is the
honourary chair of the advisory council.

    For more information on the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers, please
visit http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/honours/omyv/.


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                   THE ONTARIO MEDAL FOR YOUNG VOLUNTEERS
    

    Purpose

    The Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers was created in 1998 to recognize
the outstanding contributions of young people to improving the quality of life
in Ontario and internationally through volunteer activities.
    By bestowing special distinction upon these admirable youth, the Ontario
Medal for Young Volunteers emphasizes the importance of volunteering in
building strong communities across the province.

    Who is eligible?

    The Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers is presented to young people who:
    
    -  Are between the ages of 15 and 24 years old
    -  Live in Ontario
    -  Contribute significant time and service without pay to charity, not-
       for-profit organizations or an individual
    -  Have made a sustained and innovative contribution in the community,
       demonstrating leadership, initiative, perseverance, originality, as
       well as the promise of long-term improvement of greater public
       awareness of the community activity
    -  Have proven to be a role model attracting others to volunteering
    -  Have inspired and helped peers and the community as a whole to better
       understand and appreciate the importance of volunteering
    

    How are the recipients selected?

    The award recipients are selected by an independent advisory council made
up of seven members appointed by the Premier. The Lieutenant Governor is the
honourary chair of the council.

    
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For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, contact Rick Byun,
Minister's Office, (416) 325-3460; Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications Branch,
(414) 314-7010

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