SIMCOE NORTH MPP JILL DUNLOP
The Ontario government is recognizing 25 Ontarians in Simcoe North with a Volunteer Service Award, an annual award honouring the exceptional contributions of individuals providing dedicated service to a single organization.
Recipients of the award were recognized at a virtual ceremony held on Nov. 29 and will receive a personalized certificate and lapel pin to acknowledge and thank them for their years of service.
“Looking after our neighbours and community has never been more important, and I am grateful to see so many volunteers continue to selflessly step up and embody the best of the Ontario spirit,” said Jill Dunlop, MPP, Simcoe North. “On behalf of Simcoe North, I want to thank and express my deepest gratitude to these incredible Ontarians receiving this year’s Volunteer Service Award for helping to make our community strong and vibrant.”
The 4,555 recipients of the 2022 Ontario Volunteer Service Award, from across the province, support a wide range of organizations and causes, including those serving families, children and youth, vulnerable people, hospitals, senior centres and food security programs. These volunteers also help as board members, in fundraising, in promoting the arts and showcasing the different cultures that make Ontario unique.
The 2022 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards recipients from Simcoe North include:
Youth Volunteer Service Awards — Leo Club Georgian Bay
5 Years of Service
Julia Hanson, Lions Club Midland
Janet Houston, Oro-Medonte Horticultural Society
Julianne Marion, Lions Club Midland
Paige Tupling, Telecare Distress Line of Greater Simcoe
10 Years of Service
Kari Martin, Tec-We-Gwill Women’s Institute
Alison Rumball, Athletics Ontario Officials Council — North Central Region
Donna Windley, Midland-Penetang District CERT
15 Years of Service
Patricia Olesen, Telecare Distress Line of Greater Simcoe
Tom Smitten, Midland-Penetang District CERT
Bev Steele, Midland-Penetang District CERT
John Windley, Midland-Penetang District CERT
20 Years of Service
Ron Walker, Telecare Distress Line of Greater Simcoe
25 Years of Service
George Vadeboncoeur, Rotary Club — Wasaga Beach
Miriam Wright, Telecare Distress Line of Greater Simcoe
30 Years of Service
Rhonda Creasor, Telecare Distress Line of Greater Simcoe
Ron Darbyshire, Telecare Distress Line of Greater Simcoe
Catherine Moore, provincial chapter of Ontario IODE
“Every day thousands of volunteers from all over the province dedicate their time and talents to make Ontario a better place,” said Premier Doug Ford. “As premier, I want to thank each and every volunteer for the efforts they make and the examples they set for the next generation of Ontarians. We could not ask for better role models and we are so grateful to them all.”
“Volunteers are the backbones of our communities. The incredible volunteers in Simcoe North have embodied the best of the Ontario spirit and have shown — through their commitment, dedication and selfless service — that we can achieve anything when we come together as team Ontario,” said Michael Ford, minister of citizenship and multiculturalism. “Our government thanks these incredible leaders, changemakers and everyday heroes for the incredible work they do to make our communities and our province a stronger and better place to live, work and succeed.”
For more information about the program or to submit a nomination, please visit the Ontario Volunteer Service Award webpage.