Windsorite Awarded Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers

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Windsorite Awarded Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers

Ontario honoured a local Windsorite along with 23 remarkable young people between the ages of 15 and 24 with the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers for 2019 and 2020 in a virtual ceremony. The medal is the highest recognition a young person can achieve for their outstanding volunteer contributions to the province.

“With much pride, as the representative of Her Majesty The Queen in Ontario, I congratulate the recipients of the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers. Our schools, our towns and cities, and our world, need empathy and understanding. You are proving that it is possible to find new and relevant ways to make positive change.”

Her Honour Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

The 2019 and 2020 recipients of the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers include community organizers, gender equity advocates, creators in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), mental health advocates, and many more individuals working to make a difference in their communities.

As The Queen’s representative, the Lieutenant Governor presided over the medal presentation to the recipients. Ontario marks Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

Karl Zhu of Windsor is a changemaker driven by a passion to help others and with a passion for technology. Realizing that Windsor lacked the resources his peers needed, he founded Border City Hacks, bringing the power of computer programming and robotics – and their endless potential – home to his fellow students in Windsor.

“The young people we are celebrating today are extraordinary individuals and role models for Ontarians of all ages,” said Parm Gill, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism. “We are inspired by the intention, passion, and achievements of these young people. They are truly deserving of the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers, and I look forward to seeing what they do next.”

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers is awarded to youth aged 15 to 24 who have volunteered for a significant amount of time with a charity, not-for-profit organization or person, and who have inspired other young people to volunteer.
  • Ontario’s outstanding volunteers are also recognized through the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards and the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.

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