Ontario Volunteers And Groups Recognized

    McGuinty Government Announces June Callwood Award Recipients

    TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ -


    The Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of
Toronto is among 20 groups and individuals to receive this year's June
Callwood Outstanding Achievement Awards for Voluntarism in Ontario.
    The awards recognize volunteers for exceptional leadership, innovation
and creativity and significant contributions to their community and the
    The awards will be presented on Friday, April 24, during National
Volunteer Week celebrations.


    "These 20 recipients demonstrate the commitment to creating a better
world that June Callwood exemplified. They represent her legacy of social
    - Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration


    -   June Callwood was a Canadian journalist, author and social activist.
        Her life was marked by a strong concern for social justice,
        especially on issues affecting children and women.
    -   This is the second annual presentation ceremony for the June Callwood
        Outstanding Achievement Awards
        (http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/honours/oaa/) for
    -   Other Government of Ontario events taking place during National
        Volunteer Week include The ChangeTheWorld Youth Volunteer Challenge
        (http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/changetheworld/) April 19 - 25; The
        Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers award ceremony
        held on April 20; and five Ontario Volunteer Service Award
        ceremonies held across Ontario.


    For a full list of this year's recipients see attached backgrounder.

    What exactly is the June Callwood Awards

    Know of someone who should be nominated for a June Callwood Award? Find
    out how to nominate an individual or group

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                     2009 JUNE CALLWOOD AWARD RECIPIENTS

    Twenty groups and individuals are to receive June Callwood Outstanding
Achievement Awards for Voluntarism on April 24, 2009. These awards recognize
volunteers who have shown exceptional leadership, innovation and creativity
and contributed significantly to their communities and the province.
    The groups and individuals that will receive the June Callwood
Outstanding Achievement Awards for Voluntarism include:

    -   Arnav Agarwal of Mississauga is a high school student who has donated
        more than 2,200 volunteer-hours to a number of organizations
        including Erinoak Kids Centre for Treatment and Development, the
        Mississauga YMCA, Peel Region's Energy Smart and the Credit Valley

    -   Reuben Cipin of Toronto has successfully lobbied for valid government
        issued photo identification for people who don't drive including
        people who are visually impaired.

    -   Verna Curtin of Lindsay helped found Hospice Kawartha Lakes, and was
        instrumental in structuring and teaching the Volunteer Training
        Program for the hospice.

    -   Eleanor Edwards of Southampton spent two decades volunteering for
        Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre and raised $1.2 million for
        renovations to the museum.

    -   Dr. James N. Grassby of Sudbury donated decades of volunteer service
        to hospitals, theatre groups and Laurentian University. He has helped
        raise over $20 million for a variety of civic, charitable and non-
        profit organizations.

    -   William Hoyle of Etobicoke has volunteered over 50 years to the sport
        of soccer in Ontario, helping to induct the first 22 members of The
        Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum.

    -   Ann C. Kelly of Owen Sound has volunteered thousands of hours,
        championed numerous causes and motivated many others to volunteer.
        Organizations in which she has played an important role include the
        Red Cross, Sleeping Children Around the World, the Owen Sound
        Hospital, Kiwanis Club, and the Festival of Northern Lights.

    -   Ray Kinoshameg of Sudbury has had a profound impact on First Nations
        issues and organizations including the Key North training centre,
        Better Beginnings Better Futures prevention program and N'Swakamok
        Alternative School. His volunteer activity has been instrumental in
        the development of services and initiatives that have enhanced the
        lives of people in his community.

    -   Maggie McCreath of Uxbridge has been an active volunteer for groups
        such as Relay for Life, Diabetes Drive, Hospice, and Meals on Wheels.
        Despite personal challenges, she continues to be a driving force
        behind organizations such as "Operation Warm Hearts."

    -   Hendrikus "Dutchy" Van Denzen of Sault Ste. Marie is a volunteer for
        life. He uses his skills and resources to help organize benefits at
        little or no cost, such as refurbishing old trophies to recognize
        children for their achievements in soccer. Organizations he has
        helped include Bushplane Heritage Centre, Alzheimer Society,
        Extendicare, and Lions Club.

    -   Bearskin Airlines Hope Classic Committee of Thunder Bay has raised
        $1.5 million for breast cancer research since its initial curling
        Bonspiel in 1996.

    -   The Centre Hastings Skatepark Committee of Madoc turned an old unused
        baseball diamond into an extraordinary multi-purpose recreational
        facility and tourist attraction that includes a world class
        skatepark, large playground, beautiful picnic areas, and a community

    -   Community Coalition on Refugee and Immigrant Concerns of Kitchener
        has developed forums, resource guides and a World Refugee event, to
        help raise awareness of refugee issues, help empower refugees and
        bring the community together.

    -   Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign - Stephen Lewis Foundation of
        Toronto has raised over $4 million for Africa's grandmothers who need
        food, housing grants and school fees for grandchildren orphaned
        because of AIDS.

    -   Hamilton Youth Justice Committee, John Howard Society of Hamilton,
        Burlington and Area, volunteers have helped over 830 youth get back
        on track by bringing together youth who have committed a minor
        offence, their families, and victims to negotiate an appropriate way
        for the youth to make amends.

    -   Hastings County Museum of Agricultural Heritage volunteers in
        Stirling came together in 1986 to create the museum as a way to
        preserve the rural heritage of Hastings County and promote awareness
        of agriculture.

    -   MADD Barrie/Simcoe Chapter has worked hard to raise money for public
        education programs, including the successful signage campaign that
        encourages motorists to call 9-1-1 if they see a suspected impaired

    -   Meal Exchange University of Guelph Chapter mobilizes student
        volunteers to help 19 local organizations, including shelters and
        food banks. The success of this organization has inspired other
        universities to do the same.

    -   PROUD Port Dalhousie in St. Catharines consists of more than 600
        members dedicated to protecting the old business section of Port
        Dalhousie and who worked to achieve a "Heritage Designation" for the
        historic village.

    -   10,000 Trees Project of Waterloo began with the plan of planting
        10,000 bare root trees on public land in ten years at no cost to the
        taxpayer. Volunteers have surpassed the goal years ahead of schedule.

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For further information:

For further information: Coralie D'Souza, Minister's Office, (416)
325-6204; Eliot Sargon, Communications, (416) 314-7388

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