2014 VCLA  WINNERS

Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Leadership- Mickey & Donna Hajash

United Way Greater Victoria Award for Community Collaboration & Partnership- Kelly Greenwell

UVic Award for Community Leadership- Dr. Helen Cazes, Donna Greschner

Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria Award for Community Service- Gordy Dodd, Cindy Moyer

Victoria Foundation Award for Community Capacity & Change- The Cridge Centre for the Family

Coast Capital Award for Children & Youth Leadership- Sarah Rose Robert

Royal Roads University Award for Leadership Excellence through Coaching and Mentoring- Tammy Dewar

Leadership Victoria Award for Accomplished Alumni- Yasmin Rampuri

MICKEY & DONNA HAJASH

Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Leadership

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

United Way Greater Victoria Award for Community Collaboration & Partnership

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

DR. HELEN CAZES

UVic Award for Community Leadership

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 GRESCHNER

The UVic Award for Community Leadership

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.

GORDY DODD

Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria Award for Community Service

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 MOYER

Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria Award for Community Service

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.

THE CRIDGE CENTRE FOR THE FAMILY

The Victoria Foundation Award for Community Capacity & Change

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 ROBERT

Coast Capital Award for Community Capacity & Change

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.

TAMMY DEWAR

Royal Roads University Award for Leadership Excellence through Coaching and Mentoring

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

Leadership Victoria Award for Accomplished Alumni

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

 

2013 VCLA WINNERS

Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Leadership-  Robert (Bob) Harman

United Way Greater Victoria Award for Community Collaboration & Partnership- Jean Mcreae

UVic Award for Community Leadership- Dr. David Lai, Ana Maria Peredo

Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria Award for Community Service- Colin Smith, Gordon Harper

Victoria Foundation Award for Community Capacity & Change- Victoria Cool Aid Society

Coast Capital Award for Children & Youth Leadership- Rupinder Prihar

Royal Roads University Award for Leadership Excellence through Coaching & Mentoring- Dianne De Champlain

Leadership Victoria Award for Accomplished Alumni- Shawn Steele

ROBERT (BOB) HARMAN

Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Leadership

Bob was born and raised in Victoria, attending Monterey school, Shawnigan Lake School, Victoria College and the University of British Columbia. Bob completed his law degree, articled in Vancouver and returned to Victoria to serve with the Harman, McKenzie, and Murphy law firm. When Bob retired, he focused his energy on interests close to his heart and those interests include the Boys & Girls Clubs Services in Victoria. He gave advice and support to a group that was near demise.

JEAN MCRAE

United Way Greater Victoria Award for Community Collaboration & Partnership

Jean is the Executive Director of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria. She has worked in the field of immigration services since 1982 in BC and Central America. She currently serves on the Vancouver Foundation’s Health and Social Development Community, is co-chair of the National Working Group on Small Centre Strategies for the Attraction and Retention of Immigrants and sits on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Council for Refugees.

DR. DAVID LAI

UVic Award for Community Leadership

Dr. David Chuenyan Lai is Professor Emeritus with UVIC and a research affiliate with UVIC’s Centre on Aging. His research interests and passion for preserving local heritage have greatly benefitted our community and his efforts led to the City of Victoria’s Chinatown Rehabilitation Program in addition to its designation as a National Historic Site. Dr. Lai continues to work with UVIC and the Royal BC Museum on the Centre for Arrivals exhibit.

ANA MARIE PEREDO

UVic Award for Community Leadership

Ana Maria is a professor in the Gustavson School of Business and Director of the Centre for Co-operative and Community Based Economy. Her research has reclaimed the ecological, social and cultural dimensions of economics. In doing so, she has motivated businesses and programs to address these dimensions.

COLIN SMITH

Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria Award for Community Service

Colin’s career includes operations and corporate management, private counseling, entrepreneurship, a lifetime of community service and over fifteen years of public service. He currently is an active member of the Harbourside Rotarian, Victoria Airport Authority director, Chair of Engineering Institute of Canada (VI Branch), and a UVIC Engineering Associate.

GORDON HARPER

Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria Award for Community Service

Gordon is a long-time social activist with an interest in addictions, mental health, and homelessness. He is fueled by his personal experience of recovery and provides his knowledge, compassion, kindness and time to people struggling with addictions and mental health issues in our community.

VICTORIA COOL AID SOCIETY

Victoria Foundation Award for Community Capacity & Change

The Victoria Cool Aid Society has been building homes, lives and community in the Capital Region since 1968, through a wide range of programs including supportive housing, community health and dental services, emergency shelter, mental health and employment services. Cool Aid focuses its services for adults who are homeless or in need of help.

RUPINDER PRIHAR

Coast Capital Award for Children & Youth Leadership

Rupinder was born and raised on Vancouver Island. Rupinder completed a degree in political science at UVIC and pursued a career in the public sector. Rupinder’s passion for being actively engaged in her community began during her volunteer work in high school at the Cowichan District Hospital. She has founded a young adult group called United Now and is a partnership with United Way of Greater Victoria. She continues to provide a strong youth voice to local community issues.

DIANNE DE CHAMPLAIN

Royal Roads University Award for Leadership Excellence through Coaching and Mentoring

Dianne is an adult educator and lifelong learner. Dianne has developed a mentorship certification program, facilitated hundreds of educational sessions on topics of leadership, communication and public speaking. As Education Coordinator at Victoria Women’s Transition House, Dianne uses innovative approaches to assist women who have experienced abuse to envision a new future.

SHAWN STEELE

Leadership Victoria Award for Accomplished Alumni

Shawn was born and raised in Victoria and he is passionate about positive community development. Shawn has founded the Prodigy Group, an emerging professionals group affiliated with the Chamber. Shawn has lead fundraising events for Leadership Victoria and many other charities. Shawn is also the General Manager at Prospect Lake Golf Course.

 

2012 VCLA WINNERS

Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Leadership- Naz Rayani

United Way Greater Victoria Award for Community Collaboration & Partnership- Kathy Stinson

The UVic Award for Community Leadership- Mary Ellen Purkis, Andrew Weaver

Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria Award for Community Service- Christopher Causton, Bruce Williams

Victoria Foundation Award for Community Capacity & Change- Pacific Centre Family Services Association

Coast Capital Award for Children & Youth Leadership- Leanna Hill

Royal Roads University Award for Leadership Excellence through Coaching & Mentoring- Sherry Leblanc

Leadership Victoria Award for Accomplished Alumni- Jeannette Hughes

NAZ RAYANI

Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Leadership

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

United Way Greater Victoria Award for Community Collaboration & Partnership

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.

MARY ELLEN PURKIS

The UVic Award for Community Leadership

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

The UVic Award for Community Leadership

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.

CHRISTOPHER CAUSON

Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria Award for Community Leadership

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

Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria Award for Community Service

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.

PACIFIC CENTRE FAMILY SERVICES ASSOCIATION

Victoria Foundation Award for Community Capacity & Change

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

Coast Capital Award for Children & Youth Leadership

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.

SHERRY LEBLANC

Royal Roads University Award for Leadership Excellence through Coaching & Mentoring

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

Leadership Victoria Award for Accomplished Alumni

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.