Honours and Awards for Volunteering from the Ontario Government

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The Ontario Government has awards for recognizing outstanding contributions by Volunteers. These are separate from the Scouts Canada recognition and Scouting Volunteers are eligible to be nominated.



Ontario Volunteer Service Awards

This award recognizes individual volunteers for continuous years of commitment and dedicated service to an organization.  Each Scouting Group and Area may submit names for their volunteers.

  • Adults are recognized starting at 5yrs service in increment of 5 yrs (up to 65 yrs of continuous service).
  • Youth (24 and under) are recognized for two or more years of continuous service.
  • Each organization may nominate up to 9 volunteers (of which a maximum of 6 may be adults). For the purpose of these awards and Scouts Canada, an organization is National Council, Councils, Areas and Groups.
  • Deadline for applications is January 25 each year.


Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers

This medal recognizes the outstanding contributions of young volunteers in Ontario.

  • They must be between 15 and 24 years old, a resident of Ontario, have volunteered for a large amount of time with a charity, not-for-profit or person. They must be a role model for other young people and inspire them to volunteer.
  • Deadline for applications is January 15 each year.


June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism

This award recognizes people and groups who have made outstanding contributions as volunteers in their communities.

  • Outstanding Volunteer Award – This is presented to an individual or group for their longstanding commitment to volunteering and serving their communities. Up to 20 individuals or groups are honoured each year.
  • Excellence in Volunteer Management Award – This is presented to an individual or group from a not-for-profit organization or registered charity for supporting and encouraging people to volunteer in their communities. Up to five individuals or groups are honoured each year.
  • Application Deadline is December 5 each year.


For more details for any of these awards, including the online form for submissions, visit HERE (https://www.ontario.ca/page/honours-and-awards-volunteering)