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Honouring Outstanding Young Volunteers

Ontario Recognizes Youth with Highest Honour for Young Volunteers

Ten exceptional youth have received the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers – the highest honour a young person can achieve for volunteer contributions to the province. 

This year’s honourees contributed to Ontario and inspired others to get involved by: 

  • Encouraging 31 schools to hold a cheek swabbing drive, adding more than 2,800 registrants to a national stem cell and bone marrow registry
  • Providing support for children residing in domestic violence shelters
  • Addressing challenges faced by young adoptees and their families
  • Creating a free drop-in weekly social program for teenagers and youth with autism. 

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, presented the medals at a ceremony held at Queen’s Park, joined by Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.

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“It is a privilege to recognize these outstanding young people who have earned the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers. They have demonstrated great dedication, commitment and generosity. Their accomplishments show that the actions of one person, regardless of their age or circumstance in life, can make a real difference.”

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Michael Chan

“Congratulations to the 2016 recipients of the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers. They inspire others to give back, and serve as a reminder that we all have the power to make a positive impact in our society. These young people have truly made our province a better place.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade

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