2014 VCLA Winners


Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Leadership

United Way Greater Victoria for Community Collaboration & Partnership


Mickey & Donna Hajash, philanthropy and volunteerism

Kelly Greenwell, Quadra Village Community Centre 

The tireless husband and wife team of Mickey and Donna Hajash have contributed innumerable volunteer hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund university scholarships and charities such as the United Way of Greater Victoria for over three decades. Mickey Hajash immigrated to Canada and excelled in athleticism. He obtained a degree in mining engineering and played for the Calgary Stampeders. Mickey continues his philanthropic efforts by donating to the many charities that he holds dear to his heart such as the Mustard Seed Food Bank, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and United Way.  Kelly Greenwell started working at Quadra Village Community Centre in June 2011 and is now the third Executive Director of the agency. Greenwell is a registered social worker and has worked in the social services field since 1993 in both Victoria and Vancouver. Greenwell is passionate about facilitating opportunities for individuals, families, and communities to overcome barriers and fulfill their vision for themselves and their neighborhoods.  

UVic Award for Community Leadership 

Dr. Helen Cazes, UVic

Donna Greschner, UVic

A specialist of humanism, Dr. Helene Cazes teaches at UVIC. She is an associate professor at the Department of French, the Faculty Coordinator of the Humanities Diploma Program and the director of the Program of Medieval Studies. An active member and founder of inclusive research groups, she also works in the library to build free programs, exhibitions, and open access publications.   Donna is the former Dean of the Faculty of Law at UVIC. She has linked the university and the community for greater public benefit in many ways. She speaks effectively for the university in many legal organizations in Victoria and beyond, and is a strong advocate in the community on issues about access to justice.  

Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria Award for Community Service

Gordy Dodd

Cindy Moyer, Coast Collective Arts Centre

Gordy was born in India and moved to Canada in 1967. His business acumen consists of his efforts to transform and build his furniture store that serves both Victoria and Nanaimo. In 1998, Gordy started a holiday tradition where he organized and funded Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless and marginalized populations in our community. The tradition still continues with the addition of a Christmas dinner.   Cindy is the Executive Director of the Coast Collective Arts Centre, an enterprising cultural non-profit where she combines her 30 years of experience on the business side of the arts, education, and sustainable living with her passion for community leadership.

Victoria Foundation Award for Community Capacity & Change

Coast Capital Award for Children & Youth Leadership


The Cridge Centre for the Family

Sarah Rose Robert

Founded in 1873 as the BC Protestant Orphan Home, the Cridge Centre serves children, adults, and families to maximize their opportunities to participate and grow in the responsibilities and enjoyment of family life and loving relationships to achieve their potential. Sarah Rose is interested in the inclusivity of diverse individuals to create meaningful interactions for community benefit. Sarah Rose is the co-organizer of the Places Project, which is a series of collaborative activities designed to recognize and strengthen the public spaces of Victoria while building a community. Sarah is currently working as a Community Development Coordinator at Oaklands Community Centre. 

Royal Roads University Award for Leadership Excellence through Coaching and Mentoring 

Leadership Victoria Award for Accomplished Alumni 


Tammy Dewar, Leadership Coach

Yasmin Rampuri, The Administrators of Volunteer Resources of BC

Tammy Dewar is a leadership and team coach, mentor, and facilitator. She blends academic expertise with practical strategies to help leaders achieve meaningful results through her work as an associate faculty at Royal Roads University. She is a community volunteer and has co-founded the local chapter of the Canadian Society for Training and Development and a new initiative, Once-a-Quarter, which gives time and expertise to local non-profits.  Yasmin Rampuri is a fearless leader and having completed the Leadership Development Program, she has actively involved herself with community leadership roles in Victoria. She is in her third year in the Director position with the James Bay Community Project Board. She is an active member of her professional body, the Administrators of Volunteer Resources of BC, helping to plan their 2013 provincial conference and their 2014 Learn and Lead/AGM. 

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