2006 VCLA Winners


Lifetime Achievement in Community Leadership Award


Coast Capital Award for Children & Youth Leadership

Fiona Hyslop

Robin Irving 

Through a lifetime of quiet influence, Fiona Hyslop is an accomplished community leader and mentor to many women across Canada. She is a recognized community advocate and generous philanthropist who has led and supports a variety of community causes.   Robin Irving is the manager of Communications and Youth Advisory Council Coordinator for the Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children. Robin is a volunteer with the Terry Fox Foundations, a camp counselor at Camp Goodtimes and owes her leadership skills to her time with Brownie girl scouts as a young girl.


University of Victoria Community Leadership Award


Dr. David Leeming

Dr. Rebecca Grant

A valued member of the University of Victoria United Way team, Dr. David Leeming’s passion for advancing education in mathematics awarded him the Community Leadership designation from the university. Dr. Leeming efforts to educate the youth is innovative as he created the “Math Mania” program that transforms mathematics into a fun learning experience for grades K-6. Dr. Rebecca Grant is an active member of local community as a mentor to young entrepreneurs and as a leader in fundraising for the United Way. Her strong research and teaching in the popular new field of “e-business” is what propels Dr. Grant towards a leadership nomination from UVIC.  


Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria Award for Community Service

Michael Kovacs

Hajimohammed Charania

Dr. Michael Kovacs is a tireless volunteer at local social service agencies dealing with some of the region’s most marginalized and challenged citizens. His efforts to provide quality mental health care to people struggling with addiction and homelessness is admirable. He worked well into his 80s to provide psychiatric services to clients of Cool Aid Community Health Centre and PEERS Victoria.   In addition to his professional career as an engineer, Haji Charania is a founding executive member of several volunteer organizations dating as far back as 1969. He has contributed greatly to multi-cultural harmony and goodwill in Victoria. His representational interaction with Saanich Council, municipal authorities, developers, and citizens-at-large is thoughtful, positive, and harmonious.    

From us at Leadership Victoria, congratulations to the individuals recognized and celebrated for their acts of leadership in our community.