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Three from Durham in Ontario-wide volunteer awards

The Ontario government recognised 14 exceptional individuals and two volunteer organizations with the 2023 June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.

Out of the 16 province-wide awardees, three are from Durham Region. These are Grace Shaw from Whitby, Fred Horvath from Newcastle and Paul Clark from Pickering.

In memory of late author and journalist, June Callwood, the award recognizes the leadership, innovation and contributions of individual volunteers, volunteer administrators and volunteer organizations who have stepped up to help others, support communities and build a stronger Ontario, said a provincial statement.

“We are grateful for the tireless work these remarkable Ontarians have done to give back and drive positive change in their communities. May their kindness, dedication and selflessness serve as an inspiration for others to learn from,” said Michael Ford, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism.

The June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism is presented each year to up to 20 individuals and/or organizations in recognition of their longstanding volunteer service to their community. The 2023 recipients in the Outstanding Volunteer Award and Excellence in Volunteer Management Award categories have gone above and beyond to support a wide range of causes and made a positive impact on the lives of people in their communities.

The recipients of the 2023 June Callwood Outstand Achievement Award for Voluntarism are:

  • Friends of Inspirations Studio, Toronto
  • Crisis and Support Volunteers of Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, Kingston
  • Angelo Restivo, Stoney Creek
  • Grace Shaw, Whitby
  • Natalie Quinton, Etobicoke
  • John Whitehead, St. Catharines
  • Donna Brown, Thunder Bay
  • Harry Campeau, Tecumseh
  • Doug Clark, London
  • Lloyd George, McKellar
  • Joan Hazard, Belleville
  • Fred Horvath, Newcastle
  • Hazel Khan, Drumbo
  • Sonia Scarcello, Bolton
  • Paul Clark, Pickering
  • Ida Gavlas, Stella

Quick Facts

  • Since 2002, 380 individuals and groups have received the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.
  • Applications for the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism closes on December 5th each year.
  • An independent selection committee reviews nominations and recommends award recipients.

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