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The Baillie Volunteer Service Awards

The Baillie Volunteer Service Award is a way to thank volunteers for commitment and dedicated service to a ministry endeavour of a United Church congregation or mission unit. Young adult volunteers are recognized for continuous weekly or monthly commitment to a ministry endeavour or for an extraordinary commitment to a major one-time project. 

Often without acknowledgment or praise, many United Church young adults take seriously their Christian vocation to “care for the poor” and “visit the sick”. These young volunteers take the time to be with people in need and make the effort to be a blessing to their community and their world. Toronto United Church Council is making available awards for such volunteers to assist with their financial needs for education, travel, and personal care. Nominations for the Baillie Volunteer Service Award will be received from United Church congregations and mission units.

Fifteen awards with a value of $500 each will be presented each year. The application deadline is May 31st. For more information on award eligibility and selection criteria and to download an application form click here.



  Four recent Baillie Volunteer Service Award recipients, clockwise from top left: Logan Carmichael, Sarah Jane Wetelainan, Jessica Stevenson, and John Reston.

May 2017 Recipients
Chanelle Christmas-Lafleur, Jubilee United Church
Yoel Yemane, Birchcliff Bluffs United Church

October 2016 Recipients
Miriam Hanson (Westway United Church)
Paige La Fraugh (Westway United Church)

May 2016 Recipients
Logan Carmichael (St. Andrew's United Church, Markham)
Jennifer Gordon (Bloor Street United Church)
John Reston (Eastminster United Church)
Jessica Stevenson (North Bramalea United Church)
Sarah Jane Wetelainen (Burton Avenue United Church)

October 2015 Recipients
Thomas Lien (Runnymede United Church)
Kierra McGregor (Collier Street United Church)
Erin Woods (Kimbourne Park United Church)

May 2015 Recipients
Nadjib Alamyar (Bloor Street United Church)
Tracy Bazso (St. Andrew's United Church, Georgetown)
Meleah Bennett (Eastminster United Church)
Alexandra van Caeyzeele (Sharon-Hope United Church)
Oneshia Dedrick (North Bramalea United Church)
Adam McFarlan (Emmanuel-Howard Park United Church)
Celyn Ouelet (Tottenham United Church)
Lexi Salt (St. Mark's United Church)
Megan Williams (Jubilee United Church)

October 2014 Recipients
Darryl James (Birchcliff Bluffs United Church)
Brendan Jeffers (Emmanuel United Church)
Hannah Linn (North Bramalea United Church)
Catherine Pearce (Tottenham United Church)
Mariah Smith (Trinity Huntsville United Church)

May 2014 Recipients
Maria Kafumbe (Ugandan Martyrs United Church)
Erin Kennelly (Mount Albert United Church)


The Baillie Volunteer Service Award was made possible by the generosity of Mr. James Baillie. In 2010 Council received a bequest from Mr. Baillie who wanted to offer a “hand up” to young people as part of his legacy. Mr. Baillie’s interests were broad and varied and he suggested a number of youth-related services that his funds might support.

Income from the endowment fund which Council established in Mr. Baillie’s name will help youth through the ministries of congregations and United Church programs. From 2011 to 2013 grants were made to young people who wanted to participate in United Church camping programs. In 2014, the Baillie Fund embarked on a three year initiative through which young church members are recognized for their volunteer efforts in social ministry.



The Toronto United Church Council works with the church community to connect resources with ministry. Offering access to professional advice, financial support and leadership development, Council helps our church address the social and spiritual challenges of the day.