Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival contributed 62 years of Volunteer service!

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Festival volunteers were invited to join the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Wednesday. Larry Kurtz, Festival founder says, “We are proud of our many volunteers who work tirelessly to create the Festival every year, and pleased to see them recognized in this way. Adults may receive awards after 5, 10 or 15 years, and youths, after only two years. We are able to nominate 6 adults and 3 youths each year. Congratulations to them all.”

Receiving their awards this year are: Candice Barrington (5 Years), John Bessie (10 Years), Ted Gerber (10 Years), Ryan Grist (10 years), Don Ladner (10 years), Daniel Olien (10 years). Youth awards go to John McKay-Brice (5 years) and Colin Medcalf (2 years).

During the ceremony, awards were presented by Bob Delaney MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville and Ted Arnott MPP for Wellington-Halton. The 272 volunteers in attendance contributed a staggering 3,955 years of volunteer service. Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival measured up bringing in 62 of those years!

To join our team and volunteer with the 15th annual Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival, please sign up online at