2023 V-Oscars Press Release


Volunteer MBC Reboots Prestigious V-Oscars Awards with a Cinematic Twist

BRAMPTON, ON, June 9th, 2023 – Volunteer MBC will roll out on June 21st the green carpet for the 2023 V-Oscars Volunteer Recognition Awards presented by Maritime Ontario, a unique opportunity for the whole community to appreciate its volunteers in style. A first in its 13-year history, the annual volunteer recognition awards will spotlight Peel’s most outstanding volunteers in a movie theatre. In-person and virtual tickets to this event are now available at bit.ly/2023VOscars.

“This is our chance to give volunteers the star treatment they deserve for their contributions to our community,” declares Carine Strong, Volunteer MBC’s Executive Director. “What better place to host this extravaganza than at Cineplex Cinemas in the heart of Mississauga, where we can offer everyone an unforgettable blockbuster night!”

Jake Dheer (pictured here) will emcee this sensational evening when guests can participate in fun interactive games and win prizes, experience the thrill of an amazing live auction, enjoy live music featuring rising R&B vocalist Sukhi Kay, indulge in buttery popcorn, walk through the Vollywood Walk of Fame sponsored by GiveLife365, and immerse themselves in the magic of the movies with inspiring volunteer stories on the big screen. Each nominated by a local not-for-profit organization, here are the 2023 V-Oscars Nominees:

Award Category Sponsor/Supporter Nominee Nominating Organization
Helping Hands Award – Brampton Rotary Club of Brampton Allan Gardiner Knights Table
Charanjit Grewal Indus Community Services
Dawn Ragnauth William Osler Health System – Brampton Civic Hospital
Elaine McClymont Regeneration Outreach Community
Mavis Walters William Osler Health System – Peel Memorial Centre
Samandeep Mann Punjabi Community Health Services
Zahida Butt CNIB
Helping Hands Award – Caledon Rotary Club of Palgrave Heather Mastine Bethell Hospice
Karen Dowsett Caledon Community Services
Mike Fiore Caledon Parent-Child Centre
Roxanne Lyons Bethell Hospice Foundation
Wayne Noble Town of Caledon
Helping Hands Award – Mississauga DoGood Fundraising Gurkaran Chhaggar William Osler Health System – Etobicoke General Hospital
Inderjit Singh Vita Centre
Irena Tyszler City of Mississauga
Janine Wong Armagh
Jennifer Young Distress Centres of Greater Toronto
Laura Cernea NanKind
Lisa Prentice Sending Sunshine
Nipa Hossain Indus Community Services
Shaneen Kaloti Associated Youth Services of Peel
Thaniath Siddiqui My Women Support
Family VolunTree Award Peel Children’s Aid Foundation Aikman Family Regeneration Outreach Community
Jorge and Anna Cardoso William Osler Health System – Brampton Civic Hospital
Newcomer Gem Award Sukhjit Singh Ahluwalia Chinonye Nwankwo William Osler Health System – Peel Memorial Centre
Divya Banga Punjabi Community Health Services
Fatima Hussain Indus Community Services
Youth Champion Award Multilevel Leadership Consulting Juweriah Munir Community Living Mississauga
Krisha Panday William Osler Health System – Etobicoke General Hospital
Mahnoor Moin Girls Empowerment Movement (Peel GEM)
Shivam Desai William Osler Health System – Brampton Civic Hospital
Continuum of Care Award Jim Waechter CCS Gala Committee Caledon Community Services
DBNC Income Tax Clinic Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre
‘Sauga Stroke Breakers City of Mississauga
Youth Lead by Example Award Perera Family Mindful Array of Robust Tactical Youth My Women Support
Sending Sunshine Volunteer MBC
Business Vitality Award – Brampton Arno Ilic Rotary Club of Brampton Regeneration Outreach Community
Business Vitality Award – Caledon Town of Caledon Mars Wrigley Caledon Community Services
Business Vitality Award – Mississauga OASSIS Benefit Plans Royal Bank of Canada Vita Centre
Leader in Volunteer Engagement Award BTI Brand Innovations Aarohi Walia William Osler Health System – Peel Memorial Centre
Nihan Siddiqi My Women Support
Bonnie Yagar Award
for Outstanding Board Leadership
Pallett Valo LLP Arno Ilic Caledon Parent-Child Centre
Cathy Haugrud Armagh
Christina Boyle Vita Centre
Jackie Strachan Community Door
Jorge Cardoso William Osler Health System – Brampton Civic Hospital
John Huether Award

for Volunteering Excellence

The Co-operators Aarondeep Dhillon William Osler Health System – Etobicoke General Hospital
Ashvi Murali Girls Empowerment Movement (Peel GEM)
Hema Vaswani My Women Support
Julia Shalamay Art Gallery of Mississauga
Maneesh Vasani Indus Community Services
Mike McGinnis Vita Centre
Paul Davidson Regeneration Outreach Community
Steven Mielnik City of Mississauga
Suryakant Desai William Osler Health System – Brampton Civic Hospital
Wayne Noble Caledon Community Services
Lois Rice Lifetime
Volunteer Achievement Award
Lois Rice Carol Good Caledon Community Services
Chris Williams William Osler Health System – Brampton Civic Hospital
Dick Winter Habitat for Humanity Canada
Kathleen (Kitty) McCarthy William Osler Health System – Brampton Civic Hospital
Hazel McCallion
Power of Giving Award
Brampton Brick Ltd. Diane Kalenchuk Volunteer MBC (special selection)



Volunteer MBC, the volunteer centre for Peel region, fuels purposeful connections between thousands of Peel residents and hundreds of community service organizations to respond to our community’s most pressing social issues.

Please visit www.volunteermbc.org for more information.

Get your in-person and/or virtual 2023 V-Oscars tickets here: bit.ly/2023VOscars

Event contact: Shan Abbasi, sabbasi@volunteermbc.org, 416-305-4736



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