Fort to host volunteer awards ceremony May 9


An Ontario Volunteer Service Award ceremony will be held May 9 in Fort Frances.
The recipients will not be named until closer to the date of the ceremony.
The ceremony here is one of 48 to be held across Ontario over three months, starting in Stratford on March 22 and ending in Kingston on June 27.
It likely will include recipients from both the Rainy River and Kenora districts given the only other ceremony in Northwestern Ontario is slated for May 11 in Thunder Bay.
In total, more than 10,000 men, women, and youths will be honoured for their dedication to organizations in their local communities.
Each year, the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards recognize thousands of volunteers, of all ages, across the province for years of continuous service to a single organization.
Individuals are recognized for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, and 60 or more years of service.
Youth are recognized for two or more years of service.
The Volunteer Service Awards are just one way the McGuinty government supports those who are helping to build stronger communities and a stronger Ontario, said Citizenship and Immigration minister Charles Sousa.
“Volunteers make Ontario a better place to live,” he noted in a press release.
“Each year they provide vital services to millions of Ontario families,” Sousa added.
“It is our honour to celebrate their generosity and leadership with Volunteer Service Awards.”
Recipients are nominated by the organizations they serve.

Five million Ontarians volunteer each year, contributing more than 800 million annual volunteer hours in 46,000 not-for-profit organizations across the province.