58 Local Volunteers Receive Ontario Volunteer Service AwardPublished on February 19, 2021
Beamsville - The Ontario government is recognizing the outstanding contributions of 6,658 volunteers from across the province, including local volunteers in Niagara.
Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West, attended a virtual ceremony, along with fellow local MPPs, Jennie Stevens, Jeff Burch and Wayne Gates, Thursday, February 18, to celebrate the outstanding contributions of 58 volunteers from across Niagara. Recipients were connected to various organizations in the region including:
- Shalom Manor in Grimsby
- Pelham Cares in Fonthill
- Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold
- United Mennonite Home in Vineland
- Taber Manor in St. Catharines
- Niagara Antique Power Association
- Welland-Port Colborne Concert Association
- Hospice Niagara
- Niagara Health Foundation
- West Niagara Palliative Care Services
- West Niagara Chapter of Special Olympics Ontario
- Lincoln Garden Club and Horticultural Society
- Jordan Historical Museum of the Twenty
There were also a number of youth recipients from local chapters of Scouts Canada and Girl Guides of Canada.
"Volunteers are a vital part of communities across Ontario – they are an inspiration and example for us all and continue to make our province one of the greatest places to live," said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.
"It is important that we take time to celebrate their efforts. This has been a challenging year for our communities and our province – but I am so proud of our volunteers who continue to strengthen our local communities and demonstrate the very best of the Ontario spirit."
The Ontario Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals for continuous years of volunteer service at a single organization such as hospitals, seniors centres and community associations. Virtual ceremonies will be held in the coming months where volunteers will receive their awards. Volunteers contribute to a wide range of services in Ontario, including supporting seniors and adults through Meals on Wheels, building up communities through local Lions Clubs, and much more.
"The incredible efforts of these individuals and organizations improve the lives of everyone in Niagara," said MPP Oosterhoff.
"I want to express my deep appreciation to our local volunteers and service organizations, whether they serve in local long-term care homes and hospices or promote the cultural and historical fabric of our local communities."
The Government of Ontario also thanks the volunteers who tirelessly and selflessly risked, and continue to risk, their lives to support their communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. The province encourages everyone to recognize an exceptional volunteer for their efforts by nominating them for a Volunteer Service Award or the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism. Visit Ontario's website for more information or to nominate an exceptional volunteer or volunteer organization.