Mississauga Residents Receive Ontario Volunteer Service Awards

Published on September 19, 2019

Province Recognizes the Outstanding Contributions of Volunteers in Mississauga-Lakeshore

MISSISSAUGA — The Ontario government values volunteers and is recognizing the positive impact of their selfless efforts in their communities.

Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, celebrated the outstanding contributions of 40 volunteers at a local awards event at the Payal Banquets & Convention Centre in Mississauga.

Local volunteers included Jack Doney, recognized for 35 years of volunteer service at the Applewood United Church, and Dan Meadowcroft, Mississauga's 2019 Citizen of the Year, recognized for 10 years of volunteer service at the 'Twas the Bite Before Christmas Foundation, raising funds for the Compass Food Bank, the Mississauga Food Bank, Eden Food for Change, and the Breakfast with Santa Foundation.

“Volunteers are a vital part of our social fabric. The government is pleased to honour their efforts through the Ontario Volunteer Service Award,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport. “Volunteers touch our lives in so many ways — whether it’s providing comfort to the sick, companionship for older Ontarians or coaching children and youth sports, they make our province one of the greatest places to live.”

The awards recognize individuals for continuous years of volunteer service at organizations such as hospitals, seniors’ centres and community associations. Award recipients are nominated by the organizations they serve and receive certificates and customized trillium pins.

“I would like to say a very heartfelt thank you, and congratulations, to all the amazing volunteers we are honouring with an Ontario Volunteer Service Award,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. “Your hard work and dedication has helped make Ontario one of the greatest places in the world to live, work, and raise a family.”

MPP Rudy Cuzzetto with Jack Doney


MPP Rudy Cuzzetto with Dan Meadowcroft


Quick Facts

  • 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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