Ontario Trillium Foundation 2007 Great Grants Award winners: Algoma, Cochrane, Manitoulin, Sudbury

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    SUDBURY, ON, Nov. 5 /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 Sudbury, November 5, 2007. The evening will be hosted by Glenn Thibeault,
Executive Director, United Way Sudbury.
    "The Great Grants Awards recognize the vision, commitment and energy of
Ontario's volunteers and community organizations," said Hugette Roy-Perron,
Grant Review Team Chair for Algoma, Cochrane, Manitoulin, Sudbury. "This is
our 25th year of strengthening communities and we're celebrating by holding 16
award events across the province. We look forward to meeting community members
in the Algoma, Cochrane, Manitoulin and Sudbury region who help make Ontario a
great 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 Algoma, Cochrane, Manitoulin, Sudbury, 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: Algoma, Cochrane, Manitoulin, Sudbury

    -   Arts and Culture: Myths and Mirrors Community Arts: In 2003, OTF
        provided the Sudbury-based organization $150,000 to engage diversity
        groups, francophones and aboriginal people, in developing community
        art projects reflecting the theme of belonging. 5,000 people
        participated in the creation of 15 major artworks, including
        sculpture, an outdoor mural and a full length play.

    -   Sports and Recreation: KidSport Timmins: KidSport Timmins helps
        children and youth from low income families play the sports they
        love. In 2003, OTF granted the organization $65,000 over two years to
        hire a coordinator and opened an office at the Family YMCA. To date,
        over 525 children have had help with equipment and registration fees.
        Hometown hockey star Steve Sullivan is a strong supporter and
        honorary board member of KidSport Timmins.

    -   Environment: Sudbury Children's Water Festival c/o Ontario Healthy
        Communities Coalition. In 2005, OTF provided a grant of $39,000 to
        the Sudbury Children's Water Festival. Held at Science North, the
        free four day event encouraged Grade 3 students to become aware of
        Ontario's primary natural resource. Some 800 students participated in
        the festival and 173 volunteers were trained to run the activities.

    -   Human and Social Services: Algoma Residential Community Hospice. In
        2004 with the assistance of a three year $80,000 OTF grant, the
        Hospice created a day program. The Day Hospice Program gives
        emotional, social and spiritual support to people in the area with a
        life threatening illness, and a day of respite for caregivers.

    -   Grant Review Team Chair's Award - for exemplary volunteerism: Timmins
        Volunteer Centre. In 2003, the Foundation provided the Centre a three
        year $122,500 grant to establish the Young People on Board
        Initiative, which focused on recruiting youth aged 15 to 24, as well
        as skilled professionals and persons with special needs.

    -   25th Anniversary Award - for remaining a leader in the not-for profit
        or charitable sector by consistently delivering on the Foundation's
        granting priorities: Sudbury Better Beginnings Better Futures. In
        2002, the Sudbury Better Beginnings Better Futures was given $77,000
        over two years to launch a pre-teen recreational program. Over 200
        kids have had fun after school playing games and sports, and getting
        homework help.

    The 2007 Great Grants Awards will be held Monday, November 5, from
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, 50 Brady Street,
Sudbury. 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; Myths and Mirrors
Community Arts: Laurie McGauley: (705) 674-0282; KidSport Timmins: Colleen
Landers: (705) 268-1112; Sudbury Children's Water Festival c/o Ontario Healthy
Communities Coalition: Tina Skjonsby-McKinnon: (705) 522-9200 ext. 478; Algoma
Residential Community Hospice: Shannon McLeod, Helen Ross: (705) 942-1556;
Timmins Volunteer Centre: Joan Oliver: (705) 264-9765; Sudbury Better
Beginnings Better Futures: Carol Dodge: (705) 671-1941

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