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Ontario Honors Exceptional Volunteers with 2024 June Callwood Awards

TORONTO – The Ontario government has announced the recipients of the prestigious 2024 June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism, recognizing the remarkable contributions of individuals and organizations across the province who have dedicated themselves to serving their communities.

This year, 14 outstanding individuals and two volunteer organizations have been selected for their exceptional leadership, innovation, and commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of others. Among the recipients are volunteers who have demonstrated unwavering dedication to various causes, from supporting vulnerable populations to advocating for social change.

In a statement, Michael Ford, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism, expressed gratitude for the selfless service of the awardees, highlighting their role in inspiring others and building a stronger, more vibrant Ontario.

The June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism, named in memory of the late author, journalist, and social activist June Callwood, is presented annually to up to 25 individuals or organizations for their long-standing contributions to their communities.

The award ceremonies will be held provincewide, from May until July, during the Volunteer Service Awards ceremonies in each recipient’s community, providing an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the recipients’ achievements.

Since its inception in 2002, the award has honored 395 individuals and groups for their outstanding commitment to volunteerism, demonstrating the profound impact that volunteers have on shaping Ontario’s social fabric.

Applications for the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism close on December 5th each year, encouraging communities to nominate deserving volunteers who embody the spirit of service and compassion.

In commemorating the legacy of June Callwood, a renowned Canadian figure known for her tireless advocacy and social activism, the award serves as a testament to the power of individuals and organizations to effect meaningful change in society.

As Ontario continues to navigate challenges and uncertainties, the dedication and resilience of volunteers remain a beacon of hope, inspiring others to lend a helping hand and make a difference in their communities.

For more information on the recipients of the 2024 June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism and how to nominate outstanding volunteers, visit the Province Honours website.


The announcement of the 2024 June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism recipients underscores the invaluable contributions of volunteers in Ontario. These individuals and organizations epitomize the spirit of altruism and community engagement, embodying the values of compassion, empathy, and social responsibility. As we celebrate their achievements, it’s essential to recognize the profound impact that volunteers have on fostering a culture of giving back and creating a more inclusive and resilient society. The legacy of June Callwood serves as a reminder of the transformative power of activism and advocacy, inspiring us all to strive for positive change and collective action. Let us continue to honor and support the efforts of volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to making Ontario a better place for all.

Samantha Deschamps

Samantha Deschamps serves as the Queens Park Reporter, offering insightful coverage of provincial politics with depth and accuracy. With a keen understanding of legislative intricacies, Deschamps provides invaluable perspectives on matters affecting Ontario. For inquiries or feedback, contact Samantha at samantha.deschamps@gtaweekly.ca.

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