48 Local Volunteers Receive Ontario Volunteer Service Awards

Published on March 05, 2021

Ontario recognizes the exceptional contributions of 48 local volunteers in Mississauga-Lakeshore

MISSISSAUGA — The Ontario government is recognizing the outstanding contributions of 6,658 volunteers from across the province.

Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, attended a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021, to celebrate the outstanding contributions of 48 volunteers from Mississauga-Lakeshore. Recipients were from organizations such as:

  • Girl Guides of Canada
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Kung Fu Canada Federation
  • Lighthouse for Grieving Children
  • Living Arts Centre
  • Manos Unidas
  • Mississauga Arts Council
  • The Mississauga Food Bank
  • Mississauga Mandarin Association
  • Mississauga Ringette Association
  • Riverwood Conservancy
  • Scouts Canada
  • Society for the Aid of Community Empowerment
  • Tong Le Senior Association
  • Trillium Health Partners 
  • Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS)
  • Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care 
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto

There were six youth recipients from Mississauga-Lakeshore.

“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 Awards 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 our 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 Mississauga,” said Cuzzetto. “Many of the awards recognize decades of volunteer service. Special congratulations to Marsha Hayes on her 50 Year Award for an incredible five decades of volunteer service at Scouts Canada.”

Examples of other awards include:

  • A Youth Award for Meigan Bridel for her volunteer service at the Mississauga Food Bank;
  • A 5 Year Award for Kelly Mabee for her volunteer service at Girl Guides of Canada;
  • A 5 Year Award for Susanna Lopresti for her volunteer service at the Mississauga Ringette Association;
  • A 5 Year Award for Frances Penny for her volunteer service at the Living Arts Centre;
  • A 5 Year Award for George Suma for his volunteer service at the Lighthouse for Grieving Children;
  • A 10 Year Award for Karen Bygnes for her volunteer service at the Riverwood Conservancy;
  • A 10 Year Award for Diane Sinhuber for her volunteer service at the YMCA of Greater Toronto;
  • A 15 Year Award for Lillian Pappas for her volunteer service at the Mississauga Hospital;
  • A 15 Year Award for Ken Avery for his volunteer service at the Credit Valley Hospital;
  • A 15 Year Award for Don Bean for his volunteer service at Scouts Canada;
  • A 15 Year Award for Denise Gilliland for her volunteer service at Girl Guides of Canada;
  • A 15 Year Award for Christine Ichiyen for her volunteer service at the Credit Valley Hospital;
  • A 20 Year Award for Rod Alafriz for his volunteer service at the Mississauga Food Bank;
  • A 20 Year Award for Jacquelyn Tanaka-Sibley for her volunteer service at Girl Guides of Canada;
  • A 25 Year Award for Larry Van Goozen for his volunteer service at Scouts Canada;
  • A 25 Year Award for Amanda Farion for her volunteer service at Girl Guides of Canada; and,
  • A 40 Year Award for Eva Robinson for her volunteer service at Scouts Canada.

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 of Ontario 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.

 

Quick Facts

  • This year, 6,658 volunteers from across the province are receiving the Ontario Volunteer Service Award.
  • Since 1986, more than 250,000 volunteers have been recognized through the Ontario Volunteer Service Award.
  • Adult volunteers are recognized for five to 65+ years of continuous service in five-year increments.
  • Youth volunteers are recognized for two or more years of continuous service.

 

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Contact

Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP
Mississauga-Lakeshore
(905) 274-8228