Ontario Trillium Foundation 2007 Great Grants Award winners: Essex, Kent, Lambton

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    WINDSOR, ON, Oct. 17 /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 Great Grants Awards in
Windsor, October 17, 2007. The evening will be hosted by Patty Handysides from
AM 800 CKLW Windsor and will also celebrate the Foundation's 25th Anniversary.
    "The Great Grants Awards recognize the vision, commitment and energy of
Ontario's volunteers and community organizations," said Rosemary Lavoratore,
Grant Review Team Chair. "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 Essex, Kent, Lambton, area 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 Essex, Kent, Lambton, 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: Essex, Kent, Lambton

    -   Arts and Culture: StreetsmARTS c/o St. Leonard's House: The St.
        Leonard's House and Douilliard Place, two well respected community
        groups, collaborated to harness the artistic energy of youth by
        teaching them mural art while educating them about the impact of
        graffiti vandalism.

    -   Sports and Recreation: Pan American Junior Athletic Championships c/o
        Junior Pan American Track and Field Operating Corporation. One of the
        biggest amateur sporting events to ever hit Windsor, the 2005 Pan
        American Junior Athletic Championships helped build Windsor's
        reputation as a world class host city. More than 22,000 people
        cheered on athletes from 42 countries over the four days.

    -   Environment: Water Retention Area Enhancement Community Initiative
        c/o St. Clair Region Conservation Authority. This collaborative
        between the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority, the Rural
        Lambton Stewardship Network and Ducks Unlimited Canada created and
        rehabilitated naturally occurring water retention areas in the
        St. Clair and Sydenham River systems. The project has exceeded
        expectations, with over 24 hectares of wetlands already created or

    -   Human and Social Services: Sarnia-Lambton Rebound augmented its Youth
        Justice Circles. This initiative addressed a need to find creative
        solutions to the challenges of youth crime. Under the guidance of a
        justice facilitator, offenders, victims, and their supporters are
        brought together to discuss the impact of the offender's crime.

    -   Grant Review Team Chair's Award - for exemplary volunteerism:
        Forest Community Theatre delivers top quality amateur theatre, with
        180 volunteers taking on various on-stage and off-stage roles. One of
        the theatre's productions entitled "The Promise" had an amazing
        11 year run and was seen by over 50,000 people. The theatre group has
        helped boost tourism to this small community.

    -   25th Anniversary Award - for remaining a leader in the not-for-profit
        or charitable sector by consistently delivering on the Foundation's
        granting priorities: Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association. Dedicated
        to the treatment of eating disorders and related issues, the
        Association developed an eating disorders prevention program for
        younger children.

    The 2007 Great Grants Awards will be held Wednesday, October 17, from
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 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; St. Leonard's House:
Skip Graham: (519) 256-1878, stleonradshouse1@cogeco.net; Pan American Junior
Athletics Championships: Bob Boucher: (519) 253-3000 ext.2432; St. Clair
Regional Conservation Authority: Ralph Coe: (519) 245-3710, rcoe@scrca.on.ca;
Sarnia-Lambton Rebound: Mary Ellen Warren: (519) 344-2841,
mew@reboundonline.com; The Forest Community Theatre: Syd Fletcher: (519)
786-5014, promise@xcelco.on.ca; Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association: Mary
Kaye Lucier: (519) 969-2112, mklucier@bana.ca

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