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WOW! We’ve counted 5,701 Halton youth volunteered 25,725 hours in over 50 events during the 2017 ChangeTheWorld campaign in 6 weeks (April 23 - June 3, 2017)  Halton YOUTH ROCK!

In its 10th year, ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is an opportunity for YOUth to be part of a provincial campaign and to be a FORCE FOR GOOD in their local community. From April 23 to June 3, 2017 all across Ontario youth between the ages of 14 to 18 are invited to get involved in local community events. ChangeTheWorld is an opportunity for young people, like YOU, to connect to community organizations which can provide you with an awesome experience and lasting memories. It also lets you take the initiative on causes you feel really passionate about.

Last year (2016), over 67,300 Ontario youth volunteered a total of over 376,000 hours in their local communities over the 6 week campaign. In 2016 Volunteer Halton engaged 4,212 youth in 44 events, which totaled an astounding 19,124 volunteer hours! ChangeTheWorld is your opportunity to be part of something big... something really BIG!

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Here's how to get involved:

Option #1
• Join an existing event. To search ChangeTheWorld volunteer positions, type CTW in the keyword search field
• Check out our list of events for opportunities in your area that are taking place between April 23 - June 3, 2017 
Option #2
• "Adopt a cause" that your school or student group is most interested in supporting
• Register your activity or event with Volunteer Halton
• Create your own plan for an activity or event
• Make it happen and don’t forget to tell us all about it!

Benefits for YOUth to participate in the ChangeTheWorld campaign include:
• Collect volunteer hours to count towards your 40 hours of community service by getting involved in exciting community initiatives
• Explore your passions by sharing your skills and talents with community service organizations
• Share your experience with us and be recognized for your contributions through Volunteer Halton’s communication outlets
• Have fun volunteering with your friends… or make new friends
• Be part of a provincial-wide campaign where thousands of youth across Ontario are involved

We want Halton's youth to be the change in our community!
Here's your chance to ChangeTheWorld!
Are you in?

By volunteering, you will get an opportunity to connect to community organizations which can provide you with an amazing experience and lasting memories. And what’s more exciting? If you volunteered for 3 hours or more between April 23th and June 3rd, 2017, you can request a ChangeTheWorld certificate from the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, and Volunteer Halton as recognition for your contribution to the community.

Calling all Agencies/Community Service Organizations!

The ChangeTheWorld campaign is an incredible way to raise awareness for your agency/organization and the programs and services that you offer.
It allows youth to connect with organizations, just like yours, because they understand the significance of your initiatives. If you are planning an event between the dates of April 23 to June 3, 2017 we invite you to consider engaging youth volunteers to support your event.

How to get involved:
• Register your activity or event with Volunteer Halton. Email ctw@cdhalton.ca
• To discuss an idea for an activity or event for youth to get involved in, contact us to see how we can work together to make your idea a reality!
Benefits for community service organizations/agencies participating in the ChangeTheWorld campaign include:
• All registered events need of volunteers will be posted in Volunteer Halton’s on-line volunteer opportunities database and we'll send you volunteer referrals
• All confirmed events will be listed in the ChangeTheWorld Events List of our website, which currently boasts over 9000 visitors on average per month and is continually growing
• Profile opportunities for your organization through various marketing and promotional approaches including Volunteer Halton social media
• Having the opportunity to gain access to the amazing skills and talents that youth in the Halton Region community have to offer!

Here's your chance to help youth be the change that we want to see in our community!
Youth volunteerism can ChangeTheWorld!
Can we count on your support?

The ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is funded by the Government of Ontario and delivered in partnership with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN). It is a province-wide campaign with the goal to inspire youth to volunteer, develop new skills and broaden their awareness of community service organizations. Volunteer Halton is one of 23 volunteer centres who are participating in the 2017 ChangeTheWorld campaign. For more information about ChangeTheWorld, visit http://ctw.ovcn.ca


Previous campaigns

2016 ChangeTheWorld - Youth Volunteer Challenge

2015 ChangeTheWorld - Youth Volunteer Challenge

2014 ChangeTheWorld - Youth Volunteer Challenge

2013 ChangeTheWorld - Youth Volunteer Challenge

ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is an initiative of: Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration in partnership with Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN)

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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.

Burlington

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

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.

Oakville

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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Congratulations on being our 2016 Volunteer Awards winners!

THANK YOU for sharing your gifts of Leadership and Caring! 

2016 Volunteer Awards winners were celebrated at the Volunteer Recognition Breakfast on
Monday April 11, hosted by Volunteer Halton at RattleSnake Point Golf Club.

Burlington

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(left to right) Elaine Scrivener, President Community Development Halton with Cheers to Volunteers Award recipients: Brian Prescott volunteer with Canadian Red Cross, Kathy Sims volunteer with Open Doors @St. Christopher's, Gerry Bengert volunteer with Habitat For Humanity Halton-Mississauga, and Councillor Paul Sharman, City of Burlington

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Samantha Smart volunteer with Reach Out Centre for Kids (R.O.C.K.) (Community Volunteer Award)

Samantha is a “one- on- one special friend” in the Youth Aiding Youth (YAY) program. She is special friend with a young boy in YAY program for a little over a year now. Samantha has made such a tremendous impact in the life of this young boy she is matched with. They have quickly developed a bond and she has helped him deal with his worries, anxiety and low self esteem. She is an incredible friend and positive role model to this young boy, but has also developed an incredibly strong relationship with his family as a whole.

 

Halton Hills

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(left to right) Elaine Scrivener, President Community Development Halton with Cheers to Volunteers Award recipients: Taylor Grist volunteer with Georgetown Little Theatre Productions, Shirley Feddema volunteer with Links2Care, Mayor Rick Bonnette, Town of Halton Hills, and Marjorie McDonough volunteer with Hillsview Active Living Centre

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(left to right) Elaine Scrivener, President Community Development Halton, Krista Nicholls volunteer with Georgetown Special Olympics (Community Volunteer Award), and Mayor Rick Bonnette, Town of Halton Hills

Krista brings her love of the sport and her amazing ability to gather people together. She currently coaches and plans the schedule for over 40 athletes to swim each week. She tirelessly prepares Georgetown Special Olympics athletes for meets and spends time away attending the swim meets. One of her strongest skills is her ability to empower the youth within the special needs community to come out and experience Special Olympics and to excel in their swimming abilities as they advance to the many swim meets that Krista gets involved in.

 

Milton

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(left to right) Elaine Scrivener, President Community Development Halton with Cheers to Volunteers Award recipients: Megan Ayam volunteer with Food for Life - Milton Bible Church, James Dumont volunteer with The Salvation Army Milton, Donna Waterhouse volunteer with Town of Milton, and Mayor Gordon Krantz, Town of Milton 

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(left to right) Elaine Scrivener, President Community Development Halton, Susan Cleland volunteer with The Darling Home for Kids (Community Volunteer Award), and Mayor Gordon Krantz, Town of Milton

Susan joined the volunteer team at Darling Home for Kids as a technical writer working to create new promotional materials and family stories in short. From there Susan got involved with special events and also has a huge heart for the children. She can often be seen spending time at the Home with the children playing games, reading, chatting and more! Most recently, Susan wrote a children’s story book called “Darlene’s Journey” about The Darling Home for Kids. She proceeded to get the book published and has been initiating sales for donations to the Home.

Oakville

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(left to right) Elaine Scrivener, President Community Development Halton with Cheers to Volunteers Award recipients: Margo Quick volunteer with The Women's Centre, Aly Hussein volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton, Martha Porter volunteer with Kerr Street Mission, and Councillor Dave Gittings, acting Mayor, Town of Oakville

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(left to right) Elaine Scrivener, President Community Development Halton, David Eadie volunteer with Canadian Red Cross (Community Volunteer Award) and Councillor Dave Gittings, acting Mayor, Town of Oakville

David is a volunteer driver for Canadian Red Cross Halton Transportation Program for 17 years.
Through his dedication he has added significantly to the capacity of this program, providing 80,000 km of service to the clients.
David provided an additional 2,300 rides to individuals who were unable to arrange transportation to medical appointments.
Many of the clients are elderly and frail, and unable to arrange for travel without caring volunteer like David. He has become a friend, a support system and a leader.

Walter Mulkewich Community Development Award

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 Oakville Strokers

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(left to right) Diana Berriman, Oakville Strokers group representative receiving the award from Walter Mulkewich

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 Oakville Strokers team with Walter Mulkewich

Special Recognition 

Addison Law, 10 years old 
Read: Selfless acts resonate after Halton girl's random act of kindness

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

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FriendlyVisitor

Are you patient, reliable, understanding, caring, good communication and listening skills, and the ability to socialize? Become a friendly visitor volunteer with Links2Care. Visits may include conversation, games, and activities of interest and / or outings in the local community. Time commitment requirement is as little as 1 hour per week. Provide companionship to isolated seniors and adults with disabilities in their homes or to go on outings in the community. 

Contact: Patty Colautti, Volunteer Coordinator, Links2Care; Phone: 1-866-920-6502 ext 26 * 905-873-6502 ext 26; Email: pcolautti@links2care.ca

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