Ontario Honours Outstanding Windsor Volunteer

June Callwood Award recognizes contributions of individuals and groups from across the province including Windsor Man.

The Ontario government is honouring 14 exceptional individuals and two volunteer organizations with the 2024 June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism. This award is in memory of the late author and journalist, June Callwood, and recognizes the leadership, innovation and contributions of individual volunteers, volunteer administrators and volunteer organizations who support their communities and help build a stronger Ontario.

“On behalf of all Ontarians, I want to congratulate the recipients of the 2024 June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism,” said Michael Ford, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism. “We are grateful for the dedication and selfless service of these outstanding Ontarians. You continue to inspire others and make our province a stronger and more vibrant place to live, work and raise a family.”

The June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism is awarded annually to up to 25 individuals or organizations in recognition of their long-standing, positive impact on the lives of their fellow community members.

John Martel of Windsor has worked diligently behind the scenes at The Hospice of Windsor and Essex for 25 years, quietly doing what it takes to make a difference. As a member of the Building Committee, he helped bring the Hospice to life. On the Board, John assumed fiduciary responsibilities. Thanks to his leadership, The Hospice now operates two residences, offering 23 palliative care beds with 24-hour state-of-the-art care in a home-like space. There is no task too large, or too small, for John.

This year, the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism will be presented during the Volunteer Service Awards ceremonies in each recipient’s community. The award ceremonies will take place provincewide, from May until July.

The late June Callwood was a renowned Canadian journalist, author, social activist and Order of Ontario appointee. Throughout her life, she founded and co-founded more than 50 Canadian social action organizations.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2002, 395 individuals and groups have received the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.
  • Applications for the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism closes on December 5th each year.