Sue Murray of Burlington was one of 10 individuals and six volunteer organizations presented with the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism in a virtual ceremony recently.
The award recipients are leaders who give their time to help seniors and children, support those who face violence in the community, and mentor and coach people of all abilities.
Murray is a passionate advocate for health and fitness who has dedicated more than 40 years to volunteering in her community, teaching children how to swim and leading hydrotherapy classes.
When not in a pool, Murray fundraises for social programs, mentors at-risk and helps neighbours in need.
“I am so proud of and grateful for the exceptional individuals and groups who continue to give back to their communities and demonstrate the very best of the Ontario spirit, especially amid these unprecedented times,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “Volunteers are a vital part of communities across Ontario – they touch our lives in so many ways, making our province one of the greatest places to live.”
The late June Callwood, who was a journalist and Order of Ontario appointee, was one of Canada’s most well-known social activists. She founded or co-founded more than 50 Canadian social action organizations. In memory of Callwood, the award recognizes the exceptional leadership, innovation and creativity of volunteers and volunteer administrators who make communities in the province better places to live and work.
“By selflessly helping others, volunteers across Ontario are an inspiration for us all,” MacLeod said.
Since 2009, a total of 203 individuals and groups have received the award. An independent selection committee, appointed by the Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, reviews the nominations and recommends candidates to receive the award.
All residents of Ontario are encouraged to nominate volunteers in their local community. The deadline for 2021 June Callwood Award nominations has been extended to April 1, 2021. For more information, visit Ontario’s award nomination website.