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Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers

Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers: 2014 Recipients

Established in 1998, the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers honours youth between the ages of 15 and 24 who have given a large amount of time to a charity, a not-for-profit organization or a person; and who have inspired other young people to volunteer. The medals are presented by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

This year, seven youth will receive the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers:

Mitchell CaseMitchell Case, 23 of Sault Ste. Marie has been a leader in the Métis community since the age of 14. As President of the Métis Nation of Ontario’s Youth Council and later the Youth Representative for the Provisional Council, Mitch has spent countless hours mentoring Aboriginal youth and has become a passionate advocate for Aboriginal rights and education.

Paige DillaboughPaige Dillabough, 19 of Renfrew is a cancer survivor who was diagnosed at the age of eight with a malignant brain tumour. After undergoing treatments at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Paige wanted to give back. She organized bake sales, inspired her friends to design jewellery, and organized Christmas stockings, all to support other children receiving treatment.

Sierra HowaldSierra Howald, 17 of Sudbury started teaching Judo at her local YMCA when her own instructor left and the program was in jeopardy of ending. Today, the program has grown from one class a week to six teaching 120 kids with a sizable waiting list. Sierra is also an active volunteer with the Human League Association giving kids from low-income households access to extra-curricular activities.

Dalton ParkinsonDalton Parkinson, 18 of Hagersville is Chairperson of the Crime Stoppers group at his high school. Under Dalton’s leadership, the group tripled in size with almost a third of the student body now actively volunteering in the community through Crime Stoppers. Dalton is also an active volunteer with the Lion’s Club, Chamber of Commerce and the Hagersville Food Bank.

Joel SpeersJoel Speers, 20 of Uxbridge has spent most of his life lending a hand in his community in a number of ways from sorting food at the local food bank, to pounding in fence posts for the Uxbridge Fair, to collecting winter clothing for needy families. Joel is also an active volunteer with Roxy Kids in Action, a local non-profit group where he participates in park clean-ups, tree planting and assisting seniors.

Chloe St. ArmandChloe St. Armand, 17 of Petawawa is actively involved with Eco Pulse, a local environmental advocacy and awareness group; she also works with local literacy initiatives, and volunteers with the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra. Currently she is working to protect local wildlife habitats and develop a blueprint and business plan for organic school gardens.

Tom YanchTom Yanch, 16 of Bancroft is an active leader with North Hastings Youth in Action where he assists in managing approximately 120 events a year, including regular weekly youth meetings, dances, movies and other special events all targeted at youth ages 11-22. Tom has given youth in his community access to safe and productive activities and opportunities. Thanks to his leadership the group has seen a 200 per cent increase in membership over the past year.