We are thrilled to share that at a ceremony in Toronto on September 27, the Government of Ontario gave Ted Cowan the prestigious June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism. MPP Graham McGregor, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism, presented the award to Ted.
The June Callwood Award recognizes people and groups who have made outstanding contributions as volunteers in their communities. Ted has been recognized for his service to the Bay of Islands community as a board member and community volunteer. You can read the official press release here.
Thanks to Lindsay Richards, John Bjornson and Patrick Thoburn for supporting the nomination.
Here are some quotes from Ted’s award citation:
· Through his bold and far-sighted actions of nature conservation, community building and partnerships with Indigenous peoples, Ted Cowan has served to inspire others in northern Ontario by his example. The Sudbury and Manitoulin districts are better places to live, work and play because of his efforts.
· Ted’s most significant and visionary act as a volunteer member of BICA was an extraordinary decades-long effort to achieve a land conservation agreement that resulted, in 2021, in the permanent conservation of more than 2,100 acres of pristine, historically prominent land: Northern Ontario’s Heaven’s Gate property.
On behalf of all of us, congratulations Ted!
Board of Directors