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Volunteer Toronto recognizes unspoken heroes of the city with 2017 Legacy Awards

April 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cara Eaton
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Legacy Awards 2017


Toronto, ONTwenty-five volunteers, or unspoken heroes, from across Toronto were recognized on Tuesday, April 18th, for their exceptional contributions to the city. The Legacy Awards are presented annually by Volunteer Toronto, Canada’s largest volunteer centre, and are awarded in the lead up to National Volunteer Week, held from April 23rd – 29th, 2017.

“Chances are you won’t recognize the names of any of the award winners,” says David Allen, Executive Director of Volunteer Toronto. “They aren’t celebrities,” he adds. “They are, however, exemplifying what it means to care for each other in a world where we are reminded daily of the violence, discrimination, poverty and pain that exists. It is uplifting to see strong leaders in the community, in this city of two million people, who are showing they do care.”

The impact of the 25 recipients’ volunteerism ranges from fundraising millions to giving thousands of hours. They’ve challenged stigmas related to homelessness, violence against women, mental health, healthcare access, LGBTQ support, and youth engagement in the city. Some have volunteered for more than half a century, while others are just starting to forge their legacy in Toronto.

“They spare their most precious resource – their time – and find ways to give back to the causes that need them,” says Allen. “Canada was built on volunteers; it’s time we recognize the ones that truly make this home.”

More than 150 nominations were submitted for the Legacy Awards, tapping into a strong network of non-profits in Toronto who put forth volunteers that have gone above and beyond.

The 2017 Legacy Awards were presented at Metro Hall – The Rotunda. John Moore of NewsTalk 1010 Radio was the host of the ceremony.


For additional information, please contact:

Cara Eaton
Marketing & Communications Manager, Volunteer Toronto
416-961-6888 ex 231

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