The Playback Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame has today announced that the first recipient of the Swarovski Humanitarian Award is George Stroumboulopoulos.
On the radio airwaves since 1993 and on television since the year 2000, George has become a fixture on Canadian television with his show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, the CBC's flagship late night program.
This year he was named an Ambassador Against Hunger for the world's biggest humanitarian organisation, the United Nations World Food Programme. George has travelled abroad to areas of the world that have been hit by natural disasters like Pakistan, and where political issues have wreaked havoc on food resources.
Not only is George an Ambassador for the WFP - he's been involved with other charitable initiatives including Nelson Mandela's Children's Fund (Canada), the Canada Africa Partnership on AIDS, War Child Canada, and Make Poverty History. George currently sits on the Board for Artists For Peace and Justice (APJ), and The David Suzuki Foundation.
Thursday night is the 5th Annual Playback Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame Gala - and CBC Live will be there - hosted by Colin Mochrie and Art Hindle. On hand on Thursday night to present George with his award will be The National's Peter Mansbridge.
Congratulations George, and keep up the good work.