Contributions, Recognition, & Awards

Volunteers of the year, 2023

Volunteer Service Awards

The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards are an appreciation of volunteers who have been providing committed and dedicated service to an organization for five or more consecutive years. The Awards are presented at ceremonies across Ontario from March to June. The recipients are given a stylized trillium service pin and a personalized certificate to acknowledge their years of service.

The Broad Reach Foundation is proud — and grateful! — to have twenty volunteers who have been recognized by this Award —applause, please!

5 years or more:

  • Shile Brijpal
  • Christine Brunton
  • Rick Dermont
  • Albert Fong
  • Matthew Gip
  • Tatjana Hutinec
  • Keith Jefferson
  • Isabelle Lepage
  • Greg McKinnon
  • Ken Nakamura
  • Marc Olearo
  • Ron Rodney
  • Bob Stevenson
  • Joan Tollerton
  • William Turner
  • Dolores Wurtz

10 years or more:

  • D’Arcy Chadwick
  • Teresa Caro Ottens
  • Lauran Walker
  • Randall Withell

2023 Volunteers of the Year

  • Simon De Groot: an unstoppable force – shows up daily, offers fresh perspective, and shares his knowledge and wisdom! Thanks for keeping our activities wild and wonderful. Simon, you made the day for many just by showing up last season.

  • Doug Farrand: we often forget that this was your first year volunteering with Broad Reach! Your fixing skills are inspiring, and you have saved the day many times! Thanks for the laughs, the tools, and the fun! Most importantly, thank you for demonstrating sincere care for the youth.

  • Albert Fong: you are the calm breeze that comes in just when we need a hand. Thank you for being our stealthy champion – silent but shipshape, making waves of difference for our crew and the youth in Canada! Our network of volunteers and supporters has grown significantly because of how you believe in our Mission and advocate for the cause.

  • Steve Masson: thank you, Steve, for being a part of our crew of kindness, for sailing towards a brighter community future, and for impacting young people with your bright smile and exquisite sense of humour. You’re a wonderful teacher, terrific team member, and a terrific sailor.

  • Joan Tollerton: thank you for your unwavering support and dedication to Broad Reach and the youth we serve, Joan. Your extensive experience, perspective and leadership have helped maintain our course ahead. And what role model you are for many!

Not to be amiss, the following incredible volunteers are:

  • 2019 Mark Olearo
  • 2018 Doug McCallum
  • 2017 Robert Rayfield
  • 2016 Christine Brunton
  • 2015 Ron Rodney
  • 2014 William Turner

Philanthropist of the Year Award


Our work has been sustained through the generosity of a whole range of donors. These include the federal and provincial governments, the corporate sector, the sailing community, and individuals from all walks of life.

Each year there is an individual whose commitment, capability, and compassion results in a financial contribution that deserves a response that recognizes, not just the contribution of those substantial dollars, but the commitment of the spirit that has the strength to create, and donate.
Michael Mountford, Philanthropist of the Year

Michael Mountford has known the values of sailing for many, many years. His chosen vessel is a J-105, introduced in 1991 by J Boats as the ultimate one design club racer that would be easy to sail, inexpensive to maintain and most importantly require less crew than traditional big keelboats racing at the time. There are now over 680 boats worldwide with 20 boats on Lake Ontario, 16 of which are at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club where Michael sails that fleet.

In 2018, Michael engaged the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in supporting the Broad Reach Foundation through its annual J-105 Championship Regatta.

In 2019, Michael again engaged the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in supporting the Broad Reach Foundation through its annual J-105 Championship Regatta increasing

the donation by 78% over the previous year. This percentage increase is huge; the dollars increase is huge; and yes, the result for the disadvantaged youth who participate in Broad Reach is also huge! With gratitude we recognize

Michael Mountford as the 2019 and 2020 Philanthropist of the Year

Not to be amiss, the following are deemed worthy of our gratitude and recognition:

  • Samuel Paul Wilson
  • Kevin Mitchell
  • Doug Bullock
  • Elspeth Fanjoy
  • Adrian Johnson