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Caledon Recipients Among Award Winners

Recipient of the Hazel McCallion Power of Giving Award Bonnie Ledson with Brampton Brick's Dave Carter
Written by Patti Foley

 Volunteer MBC and its community service organization members, supporters, and friends gathered this past week to celebrate volunteering in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon at Volunteer MBC’s Gala – The V-Oscars. This was the eighth year that Volunteer MBC has rolled out the red carpet to recognize the achievements of volunteers and volunteer engagement professionals in Peel region. 


The event was held on Thursday, April 19, at the Sagan Banquet Hall & Convention Centre, in Mississauga. Volunteer MBC Board President Jake Dheer emceed and engaged the over 300 guests who were in attendance. Notable guests included Town of Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson, Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey, and many other dignitaries. During The V-Oscars, 15 recipients received awards in a wide range of categories, and over 40 Volunteer Galaxy Stars were afforded special recognition at the gala. 

Those who received awards: 

  • Bonnie Ledson, recipient of Hazel McCallion Power of Giving Award. 
  • Norman Bindon (nominated by Rotary Club Brampton), recipient of the John Huether Award for Volunteering Excellence. 
  • John Sanderson (nominated by Bethell Hospice), recipient of the Bonnie Yagar Award for Community Engagement Leadership. 
  • Lyla Durette (nominated by William Osler Health System), recipient of the Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award. 
  • Juliana Boateng (nominated by Volunteer MBC), recipient of the Newcomer Gem Volunteer Award. 
  • Aalia Khan (nominated by Credit Valley Conservation), recipient of the Leader of Tomorrow Award. 
  • Claudine Thinghuus (nominated by MICBA Forum Italia Community Services) recipient of the Helping Hands Award – Mississauga. 
  • Harvey Webster (nominated by William Osler Health System), recipient of the Helping Hands Award – Brampton. 
  • Madeleine Norrie (nominated by Caledon Meals on Wheels), recipient of the Helping Hands Award – Caledon. 
  • Ebony Wright (nominated by Volunteer MBC), recipient of the Leader in Volunteer Engagement Award. 
  • Mars Canada (nominated by Caledon Meals on Wheels), recipient of the Corporate Volunteer Engagement Award – Caledon Community. 
  • Newell Brands (nominated by Volunteer MBC), recipient of the Corporate Volunteer Engagement Award – Brampton Community. 
  • Cummins Eastern Canada (nominated by Community Living Mississauga) recipient of the Corporate Volunteer Engagement Award – Mississauga Community. 
  • Rise Above Adversity (nominated by Volunteer MBC) recipient of the Youth LEaD By Example Award 
  • David and Susan Aiken (nominated by Riverwood Conservancy) recipient of the Family VolunTree Award 

“Volunteers are the backbone of every community service organization and we set out to create a very special evening to honour and celebrate these incredible volunteers in Peel and the organizations where they spend so much of their time helping to realize their respective missions,” said Carine Strong, Volunteer MBC’s Executive Director, “On behalf of our entire team at Volunteer MBC, we extend congratulations to all of the amazing volunteers. We would also like to thank our generous sponsors and donors; we could not have done this without their incredible support.” 


Board President Jake Dheer shared his personal thoughts about volunteerism and the impact that volunteerism has on building communities in Peel. Guests were treated to a reception and dinner, with entertainment provided by Maria-Therese Alfano, Andrew Lie and Naomi McDonald. 

Among the highlights of the evening was the opportunity to acknowledge and thank the Presenting Sponsor – Maritime Ontario; Platinum Sponsor – Brampton Brick, Gold Sponsors – Pallett Valo LLP, The Co-operators and Lois Rice; Silver Sponsors – Mayor Allan Thompson (Caledon) and Regional Councillor Jennifer Innis (Caledon), Multi-level Leadership Consulting, OASSIS – Benefit Plans for Not-for-Profits, Arno Ilic and VolunteerAttract; Bronze Sponsors – Region of Peel, Rotary Club of Brampton, Rotary Club of Palgrave, BDO, Amr Handy, The Perera Family and Toronto West KOA. 


About Volunteer MBC 

Volunteer MBC is the volunteer centre serving the cities of Mississauga and Brampton, and the Town of Caledon. The centre strives to be a strong voice to support and promote volunteerism. The core services by the centre are offered in four key areas of connecting and collaborating, active participation, recognition, and education and learning within the Peel region. The centre is a one stop shop that offers a referral and matching service connecting anyone who wants to volunteer with a volunteer opportunity and serves the corporate community with – programming services that engage individual and team volunteering. Our Learning Centre provides a wide range of education and learning opportunities for community service organizations, volunteers and board directors. For more information about Volunteer MBC, and to find more details on the Centre’s four convenient locations in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon, visit 

About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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  • Thank you Patti for sharing a glimpse of the magical V-Oscars Volunteer Awards Gala for Caledon residents. There were many Caledon nominees being honored and all of them are winners. Would love to welcome you next year Patti.

    • Thank you Carine, I keep hearing such wonderful stories about Volunteer MBC and this special event. I would love to be there next year!