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Province offering Volunteer Service Awards

Do you know someone who volunteers in the community?

The provincial government is calling on Selwyn and area residents to recognize volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in the community.

The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards recognize people of all ages for continuous service to an organization. Certificates and trillium pins will be awarded for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50 and 60 or more years of service.

Youth will also be recognized for two or more years of volunteer service.

“Recognizing the good work volunteers contribute to the province supports the new Ontario government’s efforts to build strong communities and a fair society,” said Ontario Citizenship and immigration Minister Michael Coteau.

Over six million Ontarians volunteer each year, contributing more than 860 million annual volunteer hours, equivalent to about 450,000 full-time jobs.

Ontario volunteer recognition programs include the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award and the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers.

In 2013, Ontario celebrated the commitment and outstanding contributions of the more than 10,000 volunteers at 52 Volunteer Service Award ceremonies across the province.

Deadline for submissions for the 2014 Awards is Jan. 25.

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