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Ontario hydrogeologist receives Callwood volunteer award


April 15, 2015
By Ground Water Canada

April 15, 2015, Toronto – A hydrogeologist who organized the first Children’s Groundwater Festival is among recipients of a June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.

April 15, 2015, Toronto – A hydrogeologist who, in 1994,
organized the first Children’s Groundwater Festival, is among recipients of a June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.

 

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Ontario is recognizing 15 individuals and three organizations for
their commitment to volunteerism and longstanding service to their
communities by presenting them with the awards.

 

The award recognizes dedicated individuals and non-profit
organizations that, like the late June Callwood, have made a lasting and
meaningful contribution to their communities or have provided
significant support to volunteer activities, according to a news release from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. 

 

This year’s recipients
include Peter Gray of Bright, Ont., is a hydrogeologist who, in 1994,
organized the first Children’s Groundwater Festival, giving students the
opportunity to get out of the classroom and experience hands-on
learning in a natural environment. These festivals now take place
across the province and, to date, have educated more than half a million
students in Ontario about the importance of groundwater protection and
conservation.

 

Recognizing
Ontario’s volunteers is part of the government’s commitment to
strengthen the not-for-profit sector and build on our strong culture of
voluntarism. It is also part of the government’s four-part plan to build
Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new
public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic,
supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure
savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

 

Late journalist and author June Callwood was one of Canada’s
most well-known social activists, founding or co-founding more than 50
Canadian social action organizations. The award is being presented
during National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 12 to 18.