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

Parm Gill, MPP for Milton attended a virtual ceremony on February 23, 2021 to celebrate the outstanding contributions of 34 volunteers from Milton. There were also four of youth recipients from Milton.

“I want to thank and congratulate each and everyone of those nominated for the Ontario Volunteer Service Award,” said MPP Gill. “The incredible efforts of these individuals and organizations improve the lives of everyone in our community is truly commendable,” MPP Gill added.

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.

“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.”

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.