Ontario Trillium Foundation 2007 Great Grants Award Winners: Sharon

    SHARON, ON, Oct. 18 /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 Sharon, October 18, 2007. The evening will be hosted by Helen Burstyn,
Board Chair, OTF.
    "The Great Grants Awards recognize the vision, commitment and energy of
Ontario's volunteers and community organizations," said Loreta Pavese, Grant
Review Team Chair for Simcoe-York. "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 Simcoe-York
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 Simcoe-York, 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: Simcoe-York

    -   Arts and Culture: Collingwood Music Festival Association launched a
        noteworthy sales and marketing campaign. Ticket sales tripled and the
        volunteer base blossomed. Participants were trained in marketing and
        fundraising techniques. The festival has helped boost summertime
        cultural tourism to the region.

    -   Sports and Recreation: The Georgian Bay Rowing Club provides
        recreational rowing for both serious competitors and those new to the
        sport in the Midland area. Its "Learn to Row" program is offered to
        the community and as part of local high school physical education.

    -   Environment: Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust. With a volunteer base of
        50 and a passion for nature preservation, the Oak Ridges Moraine Land
        Trust is making headway saving headwaters. As of 2006, the Trust has
        protected 2,858 acres of land, in part by the generous donation of

    -   Human and Social Services: Between Friends, Aboriginal Clothing and
        Book Drive. Kids Come First Child Care Centre of Vaughan expanded its
        annual Between Friends, Aboriginal Clothing and Book Drive with the
        support of over 200 volunteers. This program has been an enormous

    -   Grant Review Team Chair's Award - for exemplifying the spirit of
        volunteerism: Girls on the Run Simcoe County helps girls in grades
        three to eight to be their best through an innovative running
        program. After 12 months, the program had 435 participants from
        eight area schools, up from 57 participants and two schools.

    -   25th Anniversary Award - for remaining a leader in the not-for profit
        or charitable sector by consistently delivering on the Foundation's
        granting priorities: Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan. In
        1990, a group of neighbours in York Region founded the
        Filipino Canadian Association of Vaughan, to support and help
        Filipino Canadians celebrate their cultural roots. This dynamic
        association is renovating a multi-service community centre and making
        it a permanent home.

    The 2007 Great Grants Awards will be held Thursday, October 18, 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; Collingwood
Music Festival Association: Douglas Nadler, (519) 599-5461,
info@collingwoodmusicfestival.com; Georgian Bay Rowing Club: Donna Lister,
(705) 527-0912; Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust: Don Prince, (905) 833-3171,
Djprince1@rogers.com; Between Friends Aboriginal Clothing and Book Drive:
Maxine Roness, (905) 660-3467, kcf@kidscomefirstccc.ca; Girls on the Run: Ann
Jackson, (905) 729-0445, girlsontherunsimcoecounty@rogers.com; Filipino
Canadian Association of Vaughan: Erlinda Insigne, (905) 738-0277,

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