Local Volunteers Recognized with June Callwood Award

Published on January 27, 2021

Province Celebrates Notable Contributions to Mississauga

MISSISSAUGA – Ontario is presenting the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism to 16 volunteers and volunteer organizations for their contributions in their communities and to the province of Ontario.

During a virtual ceremony held on January 27, 2021, Charles "Charlie" Brown and Adam Lake from Mississauga received a June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.

A gifted gardener and lifelong volunteer, Charlie has contributed to the development of several community parks and established the Mississauga Garden Council, now known as The Riverwood Conservancy, which attracts thousands of visitors to their gardens.

Adam is a Toronto-born community activist and advocate whose volunteerism with various organizations has put him at the forefront of change, advancing the conversation on discrimination and equality. In 2015, he co-founded Books Breaking Barriers, a not-for-profit organization that provides inmates with books.

“Volunteers are a vital part of communities across Ontario – they touch our lives in so many ways, making our province one of the greatest places to live,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “I am so proud of and grateful for the exceptional individuals and groups who continue to give back to their communities and demonstrate the very best of the Ontario spirit, especially amid these unprecedented times.”

In memory of the late June Callwood, this award recognizes the exceptional leadership, innovation and creativity of volunteers and volunteer administrators who make our communities better places to live and work.

“The incredible efforts of Ontarians like Charlie and Adam improve the lives of everyone in Mississauga,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore.

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 our local courageous volunteers by nominating them for a June Callwood Award or Volunteer Service Award. Visit Ontario’s website for more information or to nominate an exceptional volunteer or volunteer organization.


Quick Facts

  • Journalist, author and Order of Ontario appointee, the late June Callwood was one of Canada’s most well-known social activists, founding or co-founding more than 50 Canadian social action organizations.
  • This year, 10 individuals and 6 organizations from across the province received a June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award this year.
  • Other Ontario recognition programs for volunteering include the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers and the Volunteer Service Awards.
  • Since 2009, 203 individuals and groups have received the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.


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