TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - He is recognized internationally as a champion
of children living in poverty. Now, World Vision Canada's President and
CEO Dave Toycen will be honoured at home.
On January 27, Mr. Toycen will be among those receiving the Order of
Ontario at a ceremony at Queen's Park. The award - Ontario's highest
honour - recognizes his contribution as a humanitarian leader working
on behalf of children, families and communities in developing
The Order of Ontario is bestowed on individuals who have made an
outstanding contribution to society and around the world in any field
of endeavour. Candidates are nominated by members of the general
"It's truly an honour to receive the Order of Ontario. This award is a
strong affirmation of World Vision's 60 years of service to children,
families and communities living in poverty. I share the award with our
supporters, who bring hope and healing to millions of children across
the globe. It's my pledge to continue to give these children a voice."
-Dave Toycen, President and CEO, World Vision Canada
Dave Toycen's career with World Vision internationally has spanned more
than 35 years. Mr. Toycen meets with government leaders around the
world and international bodies such as the United Nations to advocate
for the well-being of children.
In his 14 years as President of World Vision Canada, the number of
sponsored children has gone from 187,200 to more than 500,000. Revenue
has more than quadrupled, enabling the agency to serve in a growing
number of countries and circumstances.
His book, The Power of Generosity, calls readers toward a more engaged and generous way of life.
He holds degrees in philosophy and divinity as well as honorary
doctorates from Tyndale University and College and Seminary, the Church
Divinity School of the Pacific and Wycliffe College, University of
World Vision is a leading Christian relief, development and advocacy
organization dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our
Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world's most
vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race,
ethnicity or gender.
SOURCE World Vision Canada
For further information:
Julia Rim Shepard, 905-565-6200 x 2496, cell: 416-902-0716,