Ontario has recognized more than 11,000 volunteers and 218 were from York Region.

Taking place at 40 communities across the province from March to June, the 55th Volunteer Awards ceremonies recognize adult volunteers for five to over 65 years of continuous service to an organization and youth volunteers for two or more years of continuous service.

The ceremony took place over three days from Tuesday, May 9 to Thursday, May 11 at the Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall in Markham.

Each volunteer received a certificate and customized trillium pin to recognize the vital role they played in their communities.

Laura Albanese, minister of Citizenship and Immigration said in a press release the support volunteers provide in Ontario is indispensable.

“Whether it’s empowering the vulnerable, comforting the sick, raising awareness or raising funds, our volunteers work tirelessly to make our communities and our province a better place in which to live,” Albanese said.

Luc Vincent, Secretariat Manager of Ontario Honours and Awards said volunteers remind their community that their duties play an important role in building a strong, caring and inclusive society.

“The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards offer us a chance to recognize volunteers and the vital role that they play in our communities and organizations. These awards are our way of saying thank you for their significant contributions,” Vincent said.