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Volunteer Recognition


June Callwood Award

The June Callwood Award was established in 1994 by the Hospice Association of Ontario, now Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, to acknowledge and thank outstanding hospice volunteers throughout Ontario. The award was named in honour of the late June Callwood, the Award Patron, and long time advocate of hospice, community activist, author and recipient of the Order of Canada. June was the inaugural recipient of of award since then, 706 hospice volunteers have been inducted into the Circle of Outstanding Volunteers. Volunteers are special people – a view strongly held by Ms. Callwood and expressed by her on many occasions, during interviews on TV and radio, remarks at annual conferences, and through her writing. Her book, Twelve Weeks in Spring, captured the spirit of hospice and emphasized the importance of the many and varied contributions of a team of volunteers. In all her years as a journalist, author, broadcaster and humanitarian, June Callwood’s name became synonymous with integrity, talent and passion for social justice. She has touched the lives of generations of Canadians by giving that passion expression through her words and through her work in the service of those in need.

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Joanne Forestell

Previous Winners


2020             Wanda Elliot

2019             Joan O'Grady

2018             Marg Kent

2017             Sheila Ylipelkola

2016             Jean McMahon

2015             Brenda McClare

2014             Pam Jennings

2013             Leona Brady

2011             Susan Watson

2010             Dr. Cliff Derry

2009             N/A

2008             Sheila Toner

2007             Margaret Webber

2006             Gail Stafford

2005             Beverly Maloney

2004             Ellen Fegan

2003             Gloria Roy

2002             Sheila Barcier

2001             Doris Bush


VIQ Volunteer of the Week

The Volunteer and Information Quinte Volunteer of the Week recognizes outstanding volunteer community contributions. 


2019  March


2018   June 


2018   January 


2017  October     


Susan Watson


Sharon Rashotte        


Sheila Ylipelkola


Wanda Elliott     

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