2012 VCLA Winners


Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Leadership 

United Way Greater Victoria Award for Community Collaboration and Partnership

Naz Rayani

Kathy Stinson, Victoria Cool Aid Society

Since 1974, Naz Rayani has been a tireless champion of community advocacy, cross-cultural understanding and inspirational philanthropy in Greater Victoria, both as a successful local businessman and distinguished community leader. Naz’s desire to work in a field that combined healthcare, business and community involvement led him to study pharmacy and allowed him to acquire multiple pharmacies in Victoria. 


Kathy Stinson has been providing leadership in the not-for-profit and public sectors since 1989. As Executive Director of the Victoria Cool Aid Society from 2005, Kathy’s work has helped to build the capacity of Greater Victoria to identify and confront some of the key challenges we face.  

UVic Award for Community Leadership



Mary Ellen Purkis, UVic

Andrew Weaver, UVic

Mary Ellen Purkis was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta where she received a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Calgary. She worked as an Emergency Room nurse in Calgary before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland where she received two additional degrees. Mary Ellen moved back to Canada and chose Victoria as her home where she works at UVIC and volunteers with United Way and Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation.


Andrew Weaver is a professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Victoria’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. He was a lead author in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and ongoing 5th scientific assessments. Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, and the American Meteorological Society.

Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria Award for Community Service



Christopher Causton 

Bruce Williams

Christopher was born in England, worked in Denmark, Switzerland, and the United States before residing in Canada. He introduced Jason’s Restaurant as the first bistro in Victoria in 1972 and opened Rattenbury’s Restaurant in 1979. Christopher was elected as Oak Bay councilor in 1987 and held the position of mayor from 1996 to 2011.  


Bruce Williams epitomizes the term “community leadership”. Every year, he volunteers hundreds of hours to support charities in Victoria and throughout Vancouver Island. His leadership includes being a member of the Campaign Cabinet for both the Greater Victoria and Central/North Island United Way.  

Victoria Foundation Award for Community Capacity and Change

Coast Capital Award for Children and Youth Leadership


Pacific Centre Family Services Association 

Leanna Hill

Pacific Centre Family Services Association is an accredited, registered charity offering services to children, youth, and families since 1968. The range of services includes e-mail counseling for youth, daycare for young mothers completing their education, counseling in alcohol and other drugs in addition to services for victims of child sexual abuse and family violence.  


Leanna Hill is passionate about community building and serves as Volunteer Victoria’s youth program coordinator working with youth to help them fulfill their leadership potential and develop essential skills. Leanna is working on a major project on youth engagement with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. She is an active community leader promoting sustainability education, social and environmental engagement, and local food security initiatives.  

Royal Roads University Award for Leadership Excellence through Coaching and Mentoring

Leadership Victoria Award for Accomplished Alumni

Sherry LeBlanc

Jeannette Hughes

Sherry LeBlanc is a confidante, coach, and mentor to individuals, groups, and teams across the country. With her strong professional background and sharp intuition, Sherry’s business acumen is complimented with a  Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University. She is one of 600 people to hold the Master Certified Coach designation from the International Coach Federation. 

Jeannette Hughes exemplifies all that community leadership can be. She has rallied resources to tackle diverse issues in housing, the rights of the disabled, and supported those with MS in her community. Jeannette also continually improves peoples’ lives through her vocation- nursing.

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