On April 5, 2016 Rick Beaver, Director, Citizenship with the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade hosted a 2016 Ontario Volunteer Service awards ceremony in Mississauga, Ontario. This year the Ontario program honoured 11,000 volunteers at many events across Ontario. Attendees at Tuesday’s event collectively contributed 2,064 years of service to a variety of local area community based organizations.
The Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival was pleased to have a group of Volunteers recognized for providing collectively over 60 years of service to support the Festival. Long standing volunteers Winston Uytenbogaart, Gord McWiliams, Gary Brown, James Kurtz and Patti and Brian Smith have all given tirelessly of their time to help make the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival one of the Top 100 Festivals and Events for 2016 as recognized by Festivals and Events Ontario.
Says Larry Kurtz, Festival Founder and Artistic Director, “With the Festival now in its 14th year, and with many volunteers having been with us since the very beginning… it was difficult to select who to nominate for this award knowing that we could only put six candidates forward for consideration. We feel this distinguished group has provided exemplary service to the Festival and serves as example to others who may wish to make a difference in their community.
Receiving their 10-year certificates and customized Trillium pins were – Winston Uytenbogaart, Gord McWiliams (missing from the picture), Gary Brown, James Kurtz and Patti and Brian Smith.