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Congratulations on being our 2015 Volunteer Awards winners! THANK YOU for sharing your gifts of Leadership and Caring! 

2015 Volunteer Awards winners were celebrated at the Volunteer Recognition Breakfast on
Monday, April 13th, 2015, hosted by Volunteer Halton at RattleSnake Point Golf Club.


Burl awards2015 sml(left to right) Yvonne Kato, volunteer with Breast Cancer Support Services (Community Volunteer Award), Cavan Cook, volunteer with John Howard Society, Burlington & Area (Cheers to Volunteers Award), Mayor Rick Goldring, City of Burlington, Joseph Kiss, volunteer with Rolling Horse Community Cycle (Cheers to Volunteers Award) and Linda McKay, volunteer with Burlington Public Library (Cheers to Volunteers Award)

Burl ComVol2015(left to right) Yvonne Kato, volunteer with Breast Cancer Support Services (Community Volunteer Award), Mayor Rick Goldring, City of Burlington and John Searles, President, Community Development Halton

Yvonne is a Reiki Master in four classifications Reiki, a respected mentor and teacher and has been volunteering for over 6 years with Breast Cancer Support Services and has offered more than 1200 hours to assist on a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual level to the many women who use Breast Cancer Support Services. Yvonne helped to make the terrifying and emotional journey of cancer a little easier for hundreds of women in Halton.

Halton Hills

HH awards2015(left to right) Dr. Frances Walker volunteer with Upper Credit Humane Society (Cheers to Volunteers Award), Anne Barrett volunteer with Halton Families for Families (Cheers to Volunteers Award), Shirley Broostad volunteer with Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) (Community Volunteer Award), Ruth Michasiw volunteer with Hillsview Active Living Centre (Cheers to Volunteers Award), and Councillor Dave Kentner Town of Halton Hills.

HH ComVol2015(left to right) Councillor Dave Kentner Town of Halton Hills and Shirley Broostad volunteer with Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) (Community Volunteer Award)

Shirley is a founding member of S.A.L.T. and has also been actively involved in many other organizations such as Links2Care since the 1980’s, St. Albans Church, and the Hillsview Active Living Centre Acton Branch. In each of these groups she is a kind, well organized, creative thinking lady, known for her leadership abilities always inclusive and respectful of others opinions. Shirley organized the walking to school bus concept, and engaged businesses in Acton to improve safety both at the entrance to stores and in stores. 


Milton awards2015 1(left to right) Mayor Gordon Krantz, Town of Milton with Cheers to Volunteers Award recipients: Sean Armitage volunteer with Canadian Red Cross North Halton, Damian Moser volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton and Leslie Fitch, on behalf of Shadman Chowdhury volunteer with Milton Public Library and John Searles, President, Community Development Halton

Milton ComVol2015(left to right) Mayor Gordon Krantz, Town of Milton and Kathleen Cox, Halton Regional Police - Victim Services Unit (Community Volunteer Award)

Kathleen responds to immediate crisis interventions providing emotional and practical support within 40 minutes of a Victim Services Unit call for service. She has dedicated over 150 hours this year alone. Day or night she provides compassion, care and support to victims of crime and trauma in the region of Halton, individuals and families torn apart by tragedy such as traffic fatalities, sudden death or suicide as well as those adversely impacted by crime such as homicide, human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault. Crime and tragedy can often leave individuals alone, confused, scared, disconnected and feeling hopeless about the future. The kindness of a volunteer such as Kathleen helps to restore faith in their community and ensure they remain connected to healthy and appropriate support structures.


Oak awards2015(left to right) Cheers to Volunteers Award recipients: Penny Ennis volunteer with Crime Stoppers of Halton, Brad Hillis volunteer with Kerr Street Ministries, Linda Cooper volunteer with Oakville Kiwanis Meals on Wheels; and John Searles, President, Community Development Halton

Oakville ComVol2015(left to right) Victoria Stelmacovich (Community Volunteer Award) volunteer with A.D.A.P.T. (Halton Alcohol Drug and Gambling Assessment Prevention and Treatment) and John Searles, President, Community Development Halton.

Victoria is an exceptional youth volunteer with A.D.A.P.T., currently completing her 3rd year in Psychology at the University of Toronto. She first began volunteering with the Youth Resiliency Through Recovery program in 2012, co-facilitating this youth led weekly recovery group, designed to support youth ages 16-24 who have experienced substance use disorders and mental health issues.
Victoria has devoted countless additional hours on weekends and holidays to the preparation and delivery of positive recreational and community engagement activities such as hiking trips, cooking classes, canoe trips, community gardens and group celebrations.

Walter Mulkewich Community Development Award

Created in 2014 by Community Development Halton, the Walter Mulkewich Community Development Award recognizes the collective contributions of a group of people working cooperatively towards positive change in their community. It is to be awarded annually to a nonprofit or grassroots community group that has made a significant and sustained contribution to community development in the region of Halton.

Group name T.E.A.C.H. (Teach, Empower, Advocate for Community Health)
Community of Activity: Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, Oakville

TEACH web(left to right) Rick David (Support and Housing Halton/TEACH), Lou M (TEACH), Christina Jabalee (TEACH), Walter Mulkewich, Eunha H (TEACH), Jackie F (TEACH), Rob D'Souza (TEACH), Crystal Dainard (STRIDE), Lee Helmer (Support and Housing Halton)

TEACH WM Mayor(left to right) Rob D'Souza (TEACH), Walter Mulkewich, Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring

Congratulations and THANK YOU to all Volunteers for your time and talents that you provide to our community!



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