Kanata Volunteer Recognized with June Callwood Award

Published on January 28, 2021

Aditi Sivakumar presented the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism

Aditi Sivakumar has been presented the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism by the Ontario Government. There was a total of 16 volunteers and volunteer organizations recognized across Ontario for their contributions in their communities and to the Province.

During a virtual ceremony held Wednesday evening, Aditi Sivakumar received the provincial distinction for her community contributions as a young leader and a passionate advocate for vulnerable and underserved groups.

Ms. Sivakumar said, “I’m extremely honoured to have received this award. June Callwood is a true inspiration, and an individual whom I wish to emulate. I hope to continue making Ontario proud”.

Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata-Carleton congratulated the Kanata resident, “Aditi is an exemplar volunteer in our community. She is an inspiration to her peers and to all who are fortunate to know her.”

“The contributions of Aditi and the many tireless volunteers in Ottawa enrich and strengthen our community. It is so important to recognize their invaluable contribution and I want to extend my hearty congratulations to Aditi with this honour,” says MPP Fullerton.  

Ms. Sivakumar is a particularly passionate volunteer at the Chrysalis House, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence. In addition to comforting residents after leaving difficult situations, she initiated programs such as “Shining Stars” and “Social Saturdays” which provides academic support and fosters bonds between mother and children.

Ms. Sivakumar has been a National delegate for the United Nations Association - Canada  and the Inter-Council Network.  She is the recipient of three Canada Service Corps Grants, where she created “My Empowerment Packs” for Youth Facing Homelessness and “Everyday Essential Express”  a contactless delivery service for domestic violence shelters.

Ms. Sivakumar was the only Canadian to receive the 2019 Princess Diana Legacy Award, the most prestigious recognition a young person can receive for social action or humanitarian work.

“Volunteers are a vital part of communities across Ontario – they touch our lives in so many ways, making our province one of the greatest places to live,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “I am so proud of and grateful for the exceptional individuals and groups who continue to give back to their communities and demonstrate the very best of the Ontario spirit, especially amid these unprecedented times.”

In memory of the late June Callwood, this award recognizes the exceptional leadership, innovation and creativity of volunteers and volunteer administrators who make our communities better places to live and work.

Ontario also thanks the volunteers who tirelessly and selflessly risked, and continue to risk, their lives to support their communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. The province of Ontario encourages everyone to recognize our local courageous volunteers by nominating them for a June Callwood Award or Volunteer Service Award.

Visit Ontario’s website for more information or to nominate an exceptional volunteer or volunteer organization.



  • Journalist, author and Order of Ontario appointee, the late June Callwood was one of Canada’s most well-known social activists, founding or co-founding more than 50 Canadian social action organizations.
  • This year, 10 individuals and 6 organizations from across the province received a June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award this year.
  • Other Ontario recognition programs for volunteering include the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers and the Volunteer Service Awards.
  • Since 2009, 203 individuals and groups have received the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.




[The above photo was taken pre-COVID, in Fall 2019, after Aditi Sivakumar received the Princess Diana Legacy Award]

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