McGuinty government names award after June Callwood

    Outstanding Achievement Award For Voluntarism Renamed In Her Honour

    QUEEN'S PARK, March 8 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is renaming a
provincial award - the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for
Voluntarism in Ontario - to recognize the author and community activist's
exceptional contributions to the province, said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "So many of the things that make up our great quality of life - schools,
hospitals, parks and cultural attractions - rely on dedicated, hard-working
volunteers," said Premier McGuinty. "These awards are a way to officially
express our appreciation for the difference people make in the lives of their
fellow citizens. Adding June Callwood's name to this distinction makes it all
the more meaningful."
    Each year, up to 20 of these awards are given to those who have enriched
their communities through voluntary action and extraordinary leadership and
creativity. Those who are eligible include individuals, groups and businesses
that have made lasting contributions to voluntarism, or provided significant
support to the voluntary sector in their communities.
    "The naming of this award after me means a lot as I feel passionately
that volunteers, those people who help one another out of goodwill, are the
glue of our society and honouring volunteers is one of the most worthwhile
things that a government can do," said Callwood.
    Starting this year, these awards will officially become the June Callwood
Outstanding Achievement Awards for Voluntarism in Ontario. Callwood is a
Canadian journalist, author and social activist, born in Chatham. She has
become one of Canada's most famous social justice activists, helping to create
numerous social action organizations including Casey House, a Toronto hospice
for people with AIDS. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada and received
the Order of Ontario in 1988.
    "June Callwood has done so much to help build a strong, caring and
compassionate society in our great province - her work has touched so many
lives and her commitment has inspired others to get involved," said Premier
McGuinty. "We're fortunate to count her as one of our own, and we're pleased
that she has allowed us to elevate these awards by adding her name."

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