Ontario Trillium Foundation 2007 Great Grants Award Winners: Quinte, Kingston, Rideau

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    KINGSTON, Oct. 19 /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 Kingston, October 22, 2007. The evening will be hosted by Hugh O'Neil,
Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Ontario Trillium Foundation.
    "The Great Grants Awards recognize the vision, commitment and energy of
Ontario's volunteers and community organizations," said John McDougall, Grant
Review Team Chair for Quinte, Kingston, Rideau. "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
Quinte, Kingston, Rideau 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 Quinte, Kingston, Rideau, 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: Quinte, Kingston, Rideau

    -   Arts and Culture. Tsi Kionhnheht ne Onkwawenna Language Circle
        (Mohawk Language Circle): In 2006, OTF granted $39,000 to the group
        to establish a summer Mohawk language day-camp for children and
        continue with evening language courses for adults. The organization
        has been instrumental in strengthening the identity and wellness of
        its people.

    -   Sports and Recreation: Centre Hasting Skatepark Committee c/o
        Community Futures Development Corporation of North & Central Hastings
        and South Algonquin. With help from the Foundation, kids in the
        village of Madoc can "ollie off the kicker" at the Madoc Skatepark.
        In 2005, the Madoc Skatepark Committee, a six member collaborative
        led by the Community Futures Development Corporation of North and
        Central Hastings and South Algonquin, received $75,000 to develop a
        skate park.

    -   Environment: Greater Bobs and Crows Lake Association In 2004, OTF
        provided $71,500 over two years to help the association formulate a
        plan to preserve and enhance the environment around the Greater Bobs
        and Crow Lakes.

    -   Human and Social Services: Lanark Transportation Association In 2006,
        Ontario Trillium Foundation granted the Lanark Transportation
        Association $35,000 over six months to buy a van that provided
        accessible transportation for eligible residents of Lanark County and
        Smith Falls. Because of its success, the Association may now be the
        site for a provincial pilot program. Thanks to LTA, people needing
        transportation in Lanark County now have a ticket to ride.

    -   Grant Review Team Chair's Award - for exemplary volunteerism: Rural
        Volunteer Capacity Development Initiative c/o Country Roads Community
        Health Centre: In 2006, OTF awarded the Centre $140,000 over 36
        months to increase its volunteer sector through a variety of
        strategies. In partnership with the North Lanark Community Centre,
        the Centre is identifying needs and developing a framework to support
        and train new volunteers in rural communities.

    -   25th Anniversary Award - for remaining a leader in the not-for profit
        or charitable sector by consistently delivering on the Foundation's
        granting priorities: Youth Diversion Program Serving Frontenac
        County. In 2006, OTF granted the organization $47,200 for CARE, a
        pilot project to support victims of youth crime and to promote
        community awareness and education.

    The 2007 Great Grants Awards will be held Monday, October 22, 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; Mohawk Language
Circle, Callie Maracle, (613) 396-6742 ext. 227, calliem@fnti.net; Centre
Hastings Skatepark Committee, Carman Donato, (613) 473-4149; Greater Bobs and
Crow Lakes Association, Susan O'Brien Mactaggart, (613) 273-5236,
obmact@rideau.net; Lanark Transportation Association, Sophia Hanafi, (613)
253-8265, ctytranspo@superaje.com; Country Roads Community Health Centre,
Marsha Stephen, (613) 272-2799 ext 242, mstephen@crchc.on.ca; Youth Diversion
Program Serving Frontenac County, Daren Dougall, (613) 548-4535,

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