Long-time Burlington volunteers recognized by province for years of service


Published December 1, 2022 at 3:15 pm

Nearly two dozen Burlington residents have been recognized with a Volunteer Service Award from the provincial government.

The annual award honours the exceptional contributions of individuals providing dedicated service to a single organization.

Recipients of the award were recognized at a virtual ceremony held Tuesday, Nov. 29, and will receive a personalized certificate and lapel pin to acknowledge and thank them for their years of service.

“Looking after our neighbours and community has never been more important, and I am grateful to see so many volunteers continue to selflessly step up and embody the best of the Ontario spirit,” said Burlington MPP Natalie Pierre.

“On behalf of Burlington I want to thank and express my deepest gratitude to these incredible Ontarians receiving this year’s Volunteer Service Award for helping to make our community strong and vibrant.”

The 4,555 recipients of the 2022 Ontario Volunteer Service Award, from across the province, support a wide range of organizations and causes, including those serving families, children and youth, vulnerable people, hospitals, senior centres, and food security programs.

“Every day, thousands of volunteers from all over the province dedicate their time and talents to make Ontario a better place,” said Premier Doug Ford.

“I want to thank each and every volunteer for the efforts they make and the examples they set for the next generation of Ontarians. We could not ask for better role models and we are so grateful to them all.”

Here are the 2022 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards recipients from Burlington:

Youth Volunteer Service Awards

  • Lara Filippone Santos, YMCA of Greater Toronto – Next Stop Canada

5 Years of Service

  • Shani Bookham, Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Adam Borisko, Alzheimer’s Society of Brant Haldimand Norfolk Hamilton Halton
  • John Hall, Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Charlotte Howes, Burlington Horticultural Society
  • Rika Ishikawa, Momiji Health Care Society – Community Services-Friendly Visiting
  • Cecile Leach, Retired Women Teachers of Ontario – Burlington
  • Harold David Marsden, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre – Art and Culture

10 Years

  • Michael Borlace, Applewood United Church
  • Michael Collins, Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • Thomas John Fauteux, Good Shepherd – Hamilton
  • Adam Kalbfleisch, Scouts Canada – 13th Burlington
  • Marc Marsh, Optimist Club – Oakville
  • Niky Melchar, Wellwood Resource Centre
  • Paul Toffoletti, Bruce Trail Conservancy
  • Paul Woods, Scouts Canada – 13th Burlington

15 Years of Service

  • Leslie Brooks-Jesse, Scouts Canada – 13th Burlington
  • Yvonne Young, Scouts Canada – 13th Burlington

20 Years of Service

  • Maribelle Gosling, Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Ruth Wilson, Burlington Horticultural Society

25 Years of Service

  • Alice Sterling, Burlington Horticultural Society

30 Years of Service

  • Dave Frederick, Scouts Canada – 13th Burlington
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