Toronto United Church Council’s Baillie Volunteer Service Awards are presented to United Church youth and young adults for their commitment to volunteer service. Award recipients have been active in a variety of projects: from assisting with hot meal programs and food banks and providing leadership to church youth groups to participating in community development projects overseas and founding their own service clubs.
Fifteen awards are available each year. The awards have a value of $500 and can be used to assist the recipients with their financial needs for education, travel, or professional development. The recipients must be nominated by a member of a United Church community of faith.
Please consider nominating a young member of your community of faith who is doing great things for their church and community! It is a great way for congregations to lift up the many ways our young people are engaged in mission and ministry.
Applications are now closed for the 2020 awards. Watch for an announcement on the award recipients in the coming weeks. More information on award eligibility, selection criteria, and application deadlines can be found on the application form.
Jocelyn Birkes (Port Nelson United Church)
Jennifer Gibbs-Reilly (Grace United Church, Brampton)
Ryan Gillett (High Country United Church, Camilla)
Matthew Ings (Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, Toronto)
Gabe Lonuzzo (Westminster United Church, Orangeville)
Josh Lonuzzo (Westminster United Church, Orangeville)
Peyton O’Brien (Palmerston United Church)
Ellyana Roseboom (Central United Church, Port Colborne)
Jacob Van Haaften (St. James United Church, Peterborough)
Miriam Vogel (Huron Shores United Church, Grand Bend)
Lisette Vonderkamp (Harcourt Memorial United Church, Guelph)
Suzanne Webster (Harcourt Memorial United Church, Guelph)
Keira Brisebois (Trinity United Church, Huntsville)
Hailey Clinton (Jubilee United Church, Toronto)
Maley McArthur (High Country United Church, Camilla)
Chanelle Christmas-Lafleur (Jubilee United Church, Toronto)
Yoel Yemane (Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, Toronto)
Miriam Hanson (Westway United Church, Toronto)
Paige La Fraugh (Westway United Church, Toronto)
Logan Carmichael (St. Andrew’s United Church, Markham)
Jennifer Gordon (Bloor Street United Church, Toronto)
John Reston (Eastminster United Church, Toronto)
Jessica Stevenson (North Bramalea United Church, Brampton)
Sarah Jane Wetelainen (Burton Avenue United Church, Barrie)
Thomas Lien (Runnymede United Church, Toronto)
Kierra McGregor (Collier Street United Church, Barrie)
Erin Woods (Kimbourne Park United Church, Toronto)
Nadjib Alamyar (Bloor Street United Church, Toronto)
Tracy Bazso (St. Andrew’s United Church, Georgetown)
Meleah Bennett (Eastminster United Church, Toronto)
Alexandra van Caeyzeele (Sharon-Hope United Church)
Oneshia Dedrick (North Bramalea United Church, Brampton)
Adam McFarlan (Emmanuel-Howard Park United Church, Toronto)
Celyn Ouelet (Tottenham United Church)
Lexi Salt (St. Mark’s United Church, Toronto)
Megan Williams (Jubilee United Church, Toronto)
Darryl James (Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, Toronto)
Brendan Jeffers (Emmanuel United Church, Brampton)
Hannah Linn (North Bramalea United Church, Brampton)
Catherine Pearce (Tottenham United Church)
Mariah Smith (Trinity United Church, Huntsville)
Maria Kafumbe (Ugandan Martyrs United Church, Toronto)
Erin Kennelly (Mount Albert United Church)
Josh and Gabe Lonuzzo (twin brothers) share most interests and activities. Both are regular volunteers at Westminster United Church (Orangeville), specializing in the complex tech requirements for Sunday services. They also volunteer with the Credit Valley Conservation Youth Corps and were involved in the youth-led team organizing youth strikes around climate change, managing social media and negotiations with the school administration.
Miriam Vogel is a differently-abled young adult who is deeply involved in her church community of Huron Shores United Church. Miriam volunteers at Whitehills Nursery School, Oxbow Elementary School, and Bizzy Bees Daycare where she reads to and engages with the children and toddlers and assists with administrative tasks. Miriam is a community builder, bringing a sunny attitude and often a warm hug to her daily encounters.