Ontario Honours the Outstanding Contributions of Volunteers

2023 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards being presented across the province

BROCKVILLE – September 21, 2023

The Ontario government is recognizing over 3400 community volunteers through the 2023 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards. The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards recognizes adult and youth volunteers for their outstanding contributions and years of continuous service at organizations such as non-profits, schools, community centres, hospitals, libraries and community associations.

On the evening of Thursday, September 21st at the Aquatarium in Brockville, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark helped recognize 46 local volunteers with a combined 845 years of service to their community.

“Volunteers truly are the heart of our communities. So much of what makes Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes a great place to live wouldn’t happen without them,” said MPP Steve Clark. “We can never take for granted how selflessly they give of their time and talents. That’s why saying thank you through these Volunteer Service Award Ceremonies is so important.”

“Volunteers touch our lives in so many ways and help to make our province one of the greatest places to live,” said Michael Ford, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism. “We are proud to recognize their efforts through the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards and are grateful that Ontarians continue to step up to support their communities.”

Volunteers nominated by an organization will receive a personalized certificate and lapel pin celebrating their years of service during one of the local award recognition ceremonies taking place between August to October 2023. The awards recognize adult volunteers for five to 65+ years of continuous service in five-year increments and youth volunteers for two or more years of continuous service.

Recipients for 2023 support a wide range of organizations and causes, including those serving vulnerable people, hospitals, senior centres and after-school, community and food security programs. These volunteers also participate as board members, help fundraise and strengthen the arts, culture, heritage and recreation sectors.

Locally in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, the following volunteers were honoured:

HughBates20Brockville General Volunteer Association
MaryBowlby10Friends of Foley Mountain
ThomasBrown15Scouts Canada
KevinCasselman10King’s Kitchen
EdCavanagh20Delta Agricultural Society
DonClarke10Rural United Ministry
MelindaCowan25Delta Agricultural Society
TanyaDarling5Scouts Canada
AnnDavy45Upper Canada Snowmobile Region
BernieDavy50Upper Canada Snowmobile Region
BarryDavy20Lower Beverley Lake Park Management Board
MavisElstone10Rural United Ministry
MikeFay15Friends of Foley Mountain
PatFlood15Ontario Genealogical Society – Leeds & Grenville Branch
GerryFlood15Ontario Genealogical Society – Leeds & Grenville Branch
ShirleyFrank10King’s Kitchen
DonGoodfellow25Friends of Foley Mountain
MyrtleJohnston50Ontario Genealogical Society – Leeds & Grenville Branch
LornaJohnston50Ontario Genealogical Society – Leeds & Grenville Branch
AhmadKhadra15Professional Engineers Ontario – Thousand Islands Chapter
BarbaraLaw25Ontario Genealogical Society – Leeds & Grenville Branch
GiniLeonard15Grenville County Historical Society
BarbMaitland10Rural United Ministry
DorisMcGhie20Brockville General Volunteer Association
FredOlivio5Beverley Senior Citizens Club #460
SharonOlivio5Beverley Senior Citizens Club #460
BrendaPerrin25Delta Agricultural Society
TracyPerrin25Delta Agricultural Society
ConnieRathwell5Beverley Senior Citizens Club #460
BrentRathwell5Beverley Senior Citizens Club #460
GaryRonan5Lower Beverley Lake Park Management Board
WendyRonan5Lower Beverley Lake Park Management Board
ValerieSchulz30Grenville County Historical Society
ElizabethSmith20Brockville General Volunteer Association
PeteStothart15Friends of Foley Mountain
RobStruthers10Friends of Foley Mountain
LindaSuddaby10Rural United Ministry
BarbTherrien10Rural United Ministry
DougTherrien10Rural United Ministry
LeannaThomas5Delta Agricultural Society
JamesTickel20Brockville General Volunteer Association
PriscillaWalter20Brockville General Volunteer Association
EffieWarren5Delta Agricultural Society
AmberWells5Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County
CharityWhelan10Girl Guides of Canada, Ontario Council – Community 25 East
AndrewWise5King’s Kitchen

For folks who participated in the Brockville awards ceremony – your photographs will be uploaded to MPP Steve Clark’s Facebook page in the coming days. Thanks to Amayeszing Photography for capturing the event.

For more information about the program or to submit a nomination for next year, please visit the Ontario Volunteer Service Award webpage. The deadline to nominate someone is November 15 each year. Nominations received after the deadline will be considered in the following year.

Quick Facts

  • Since 1986, more than 250,000 volunteers have been recognized through the Ontario Volunteer Service Award.
  • This year 313 youth and 3162 adults will be recognized for their volunteer service at 776 organizations.

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