Urz Heer Hosts 2021 Virtual V-Oscars by Volunteer MBC

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UN Delegate, TV Host, Peace and Human Rights Activist Urz Heer Hosts 2021 Virtual V-Oscars

Volunteer MBC is thrilled to announce the 2021 Virtual V-Oscars presented by Maritime Ontario, which will be streamed live on June 17th at 7-9 pm and hosted by UN Women Canadian Delegate, TV host, peace and human rights activist Urz Heer (pictured here). In addition to the notable award nominees and presenters, this prestigious volunteer recognition awards event for Peel will also feature acclaimed artists such as Lamoi Simmonds, Ori Dagan, and performer groups from danceShala and Clarkson Music Theatre. Tickets to this online event are free at

“Many great stars of our community are honouring the volunteers that have really stepped up during this pandemic, their family, friends, workplace teams, and our supporters!” notes Carine Strong, Volunteer MBC’s Executive Director. “This year’s edition, themed Star Power, has more volunteer nominees, sponsors and top-class performers than ever in our decade-plus yearly celebration; a truly stellar night not to be missed, inclusive and free for all!”

Beloved community leader Jake Dheer will be honoured with the Hazel McCallion Power of Giving Award, sponsored by Brampton Brick Ltd. Maritime Ontario returns as Title Sponsor and is joined by KMA Consultants Inc as Event Sponsor, Macmaster GM as Entertainment Sponsor, and Alphavima Technologies as COVID-19 Stars Sponsor. All nominees will receive official nominee medals supported by Nadine Melrose.

Award Category 



Nominating Organization

Helping Hands Award – Brampton 

Rotary Club of Brampton

Jonathan Lugos

R.E.S.T. Centres

David Hardy

Regeneration Outreach Community

John Teasdale

Habitat for Humanity

Helping Hands Award – Caledon 

Rotary Club of Palgrave

Peter Thompson

Bethell Hospice

Virginia Ciarallo

Caledon Community Services

Catie Ferguson

Caledon Parent-Child Centre

Helping Hands Award – Mississauga 

DoGood Fundraising

Rachel  Du

R.E.S.T. Centres

Eva Dobiz

Habitat for Humanity Canada

Valentina Figueroa

Volunteer MBC

Family VolunTree Award 

Jim Waechter

Jim & Meagan Craven

Volunteer MBC

Steven & Cidalia Winterhawk

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Simon & Sunanda Lobo

Regeneration Outreach Community

Newcomer Gem Award 

Alphavima Technologies

Sonal Kapoor

Caledon Community Services

Goncalo Miranda

R.E.S.T. Centres

Leader of Tomorrow Award 

Sandeep Aujla

Stef Pollo

R.E.S.T. Centres

Jonas Cardenas

Regeneration Outreach Community

Charmaine Holland

Volunteer MBC

Continuum of Care Award

Abbasi Family

Four Colours Drum Circle

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Youth LEaD by Example Award 

Perera Family

Community Climate Council

Volunteer MBC

Business Vitality Award – Brampton 

Arno Ilic

Rotary Club of Brampton

Regeneration Outreach Community

Business Vitality Award – Caledon 

Mayor Allan Thompson

TPC at Osprey Valley

Caledon Community Services

Mars Wrigley Bolton

SHIP Peace Ranch Program

Business Vitality Award – Mississauga 

Oassis Benefit Plans

NLI International

Habitat for Humanity Canada

Avsar Restaurant

City of Mississauga – Library

Leader in Volunteer Engagement Award 

BTI Brand Innovations

Dagma Koyi

R.E.S.T. Centres

Angela Tenthorey

Regeneration Outreach Community

Bonnie Yagar Award
for Community Engagement Leadership 

Pallett Valo LLP

Anne Smith

Embrave Agency to End Violence

Susan Vint

Caledon Parent-Child Centre

John Huether Award

for Volunteering Excellence 

The Co-Operators

Mark Mateja

Bereaved Families of Ontario, Halton-Peel

Lynn Dobson

Bethell Hospice

Eric Hall

Regeneration Outreach Community

Carine Strong

Caledon Parent-Child Centre

Simran Sharma

Heart Comonos

Nelly Gong

United Way Greater Toronto

Lois Rice Lifetime
Volunteer Achievement Award 

Lois Rice

Don Smith

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel

Faye MacLachlan

Regeneration Outreach Community

Dick Winter

Habitat for Humanity Canada

Hazel McCallion Power of Giving Award 

Brampton Brick

Jake Dheer

Volunteer MBC (special selection)



Volunteer MBC, your local volunteer centre, fuels purposeful connections between thousands of Peel residents and hundreds of community service organizations to respond to our community’s most pressing social issues. Visit for more info or contact event lead Rucsandra Saulean at or 647.203.5158. Visit to get your FREE V-Oscars ticket.

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