FLARE Magazine Honours Seven Women from Across Canada

    TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - A selfless spirit and a strong belief that they
really can make a difference in their communities are the shared qualities of
seven outstanding Canadian women. They have been selected from over 200
nominations, by an independent panel - to receive this year's FLARE Volunteer
Awards; which will be presented at an Awards Ceremony this Wednesday, May 13,
2009 at 12 Noon - Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto.

    The seven recipients are

    MELANIE BURTON, Belleville, ON
    Volunteering since the age of three, this 17 year old is the first
recipient of the TeenFlare Volunteer Award. With her dedication to literacy,
children and community fundraising she is a shining example of social

    Having a son born with special needs has propelled this dynamic young
women to create alternative educational resources, founding the Nanaimo Unique
Kids Organization; and initiating programmes that have seen great success in
her quaint BC town.

    This young medical student's desire to help others has taken her around
the world. In Namibia she helped young women engaged in the sex trade find
alternatives; and helped locales with a lifesaving swimming programme. She has
taught English in Costa Rica and helped fund/build water wells in India.

    Dealing with a life-threatening eating disorder as a teenager, Joelle
founded SACRED - a society dedicated to giving women and men suffering from
eating disorders the opportunity to recover through a new and safe support
system not previously available in her community.

    LIA GRIMANIS, Toronto, ON
    This former homeless teenager, and Founder of Up With Women - has chosen
to live her life as a role model and mentor to the disadvantaged. Now, as an
adult she focuses her volunteerism on poverty reduction, children and the
empowerment of women.

    DIANE MCQUAIG, Toronto, ON
    Award for Community & Leadership
    For almost two decades this tireless volunteer has helped build a
community of kindness. As Co-Founder of Camp Cucumber she has changed the
lives of thousands of young people. As Founder of the Don McQuaig Foundation,
her commitment to fundraising for colon cancer in honour of her late husband
is truly inspiring.

    Award for Lifetime Achievement
    As the Co-Founder of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of Canada, and
mother of two young sons born with the disease, this truly remarkable women,
has - for over 35 years dedicated herself to finding a cure, public access,
awareness and education of Crohn's & Colitis. Succeeding beyond expectation,
since 1974 the foundation has invested nearly $56 million into medical

    These outstanding women will be honoured by FLARE Magazine at a special
awards ceremony at 12 Noon on May 13th at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto.
The awards will be hosted by Gord Martineau, Anchor CityTV News.
    "Awesome is the only word you can use to describe the achievements of
these extraordinary women," said Orietta Minatel, Publisher, FLARE Magazine.
"Their compassion and dedication exemplify the best in volunteerism and they
are a vital element in making Canada one of the best places in the world to
    This is the 13th Annual FLARE Volunteer Awards. It is the only national
private sector awards programme for women volunteers in Canada. The programme
was established by FLARE Magazine to encourage and celebrate the voluntary
work of Canadian women, and to inspire others to follow their lead.
    The Presenting Sponsor of the FLARE Volunteer Awards is GAP, and they are
also generously supported by Cadbury Thins and Coty Canada.

    About Flare

    FLARE, is the No. 1 selling fashion & beauty magazine in Canada. With
more female readers in its core target of women 25-39 than any other Canadian
fashion magazine, Flare is Canada's best-selling and most popular fashion &
beauty magazine. It features international and Canadian trends, with an
emphasis on merchandise available at Canadian retailers. Flare also features
coverage about beauty, fitness, entertainment, careers, celebrities and a very
popular where-to-buy "Stylesource" guide. Flare.com is one of the most visited
fashion websites in Canada by women 18+ offering timely style information
Canadian women have come to rely on from the experts at Flare. In January 2008
Flare was named one of the most influential magazines in Canadian publishing
history, by Masthead Magazine - the watchdog of Canada's periodical industry.
In 2009 Flare reaches a new milestone - the celebration of its 30th

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Hazel Picco, FLARE Magazine,
email: hazel.picco@flare.rogers.com, (416) 764-2477

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