Humanitarian Award for Community Service

Earle and Janice O'Born

For the past 15 years, the Yorktown Family Services Humanitarian Award for Community Service has been presented to deserving philanthropists at the Tribute Dinner, Yorktown’s most significant fundraising event. The 16th annual Tribute Dinner in Honor of Earle and Janice O’Born was held on May 6th 2015 at the beautifully renovated Arcadian Court and brought together Ontario’s political, corporate and community leaders to celebrate the presentation of the Award.

Earle and Janice O’Born were recognized for their many years of dedication to making a difference in the lives of others. The O’Born’s philanthropic mission is to “help others to help themselves”. Through their tireless contributions and support, children, youth, women and families are enabled to make positive changes, build skills, and become leaders who connect with, and give back to, their community. Through the charitable wing of their family owned printing company, The Printing House, they have raised over $51 million dollars to benefit hospitals, health care foundations, and other charities. By providing access to opportunities for disadvantaged youth, the O’Borns have demonstrated unwavering commitment in enabling under-resourced youth to invest in themselves.

As Yorktown Family Services most important fundraising event, this year’s Tribute Dinner was one of our most successful, thanks to Earle and Janice, and their numerous generous supporters. Over $220,000 was raised in honour of the O’Borns to enable our two charities, Yorktown Child and Family Centre and Yorktown Shelter for Women to continue to deliver evidence-based and evidence-informed programs and services to children, youth and families in under-resourced communities in northwest Toronto.

Past Award recipients who have exemplified humanitarian values in their dedication to helping others include Cathy Spoel and Michael MacMillan, Hon. Michael Meighen and Kelly Meighen, Ana Lopes and Don Tapscott, John Tory, Valerie Pringle, Hon. Michael Kirby, Margot Franssen, Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain, June Callwood, Barbara Hall, Charles S. Coffey, Dr. Charles Pascal, Hon. David Crombie, Hon. Bob Rae and Arlene Perly Rae, and Fergy Brown.

All of us at Yorktown have immense gratitude for Earle and Janice O’Born and all of our past Honorees. Yorktown has been bringing positive change to marginalized and under-resourced communities for over two decades. We cannot do this important work without them, and without you.


For further information on Yorktown Family Services, our charities’ and programs and services, or the Yorktown Tribute Dinner, please contact:

Andrea Holmes, Director of Development
416-394-2424, x251
andrea@yorktownfamilyservices.com