'Lit from Within' Volunteer Award
The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario celebrates the work of all of its dedicated volunteers. The “Lit from Within” Volunteer Award is presented to an individual who had demonstrated outstanding leadership, creativity, and innovation in contributing to the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario’s programs or activities. The recipient of the “Lit from Within” Volunteer Award receives a commemorative engraved plaque and a gift of $1500.00.
The 2016 “Lit from Within” Volunteer Award recipient is Tom Smallwood. Tom has been a volunteer of MDAO for over 20 years. He was recently awarded with the Ontario 20 Year Service Award for his dedicated service. Tom began his volunteer work with MDAO as a way to spend his time meaningfully. He volunteers on the Telephone Information and Peer Support (TIPS) line, which is a warm line that offers support and guidance to those dealing with mood disorders. He has since gained confidence and lasting friendships throughout the organization. Tom has made a positive impact on those seeking support, as well as his fellow volunteers and staff members. He has been a mentor and friendly guide to new volunteers and continues to use his vast experience to contribute to the MDAO team through the TIPS line and one to one peer support. Tom Smallwood demonstrates the leadership and drive that is celebrated by the “Lit from Within” Volunteer Award.