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Monday, 19 June 2017

United Way Halifax hosts awards to recognize community change-makers


(HALIFAX, NS) June 19th, 2017 — Today, United Way Halifax is hosting the Bhayana Family Foundation Awards to celebrate the unsung heroes of social change in our community. The awards recognize extraordinary contributions made by front-line staff at United Way funded partners in cities across the country and 2017 marks the first year the awards will be given out in Halifax.

The following recipients will be awarded $1,000 each, to be used in a way that will better equip them to do their important work. The event is taking place at the Halifax Central Library at 12:30 p.m.

• Claudette Colley – East Preston Day Care and Family Resource Centre
• Justin Eweka – The Club Inclusion
• Doug MacDonald – Ward 5
• Paul MacMillan - Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax
• Justin McGarragh – The Club Inclusion
• Lillian Munroe – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax
• Sandra Weagle – The Freedom Foundation

The awards are made possible by a generous donation from the Bhayana Family Foundation. As a former member of United Way Toronto’s Board of Trustees, Raksha Bhayana is a dedicated community volunteer and a passionate champion for the recognition of those who make a difference in our community. The Bhayana Family Foundation awards have been made available in cities across Canada – Vancouver, Calgary, Mississauga, Toronto and now Halifax.

Bhayana says front line worker’s contributions to our economy, society and its well-being often go unrecognized, “There are hundreds of social sector staff who selflessly dedicate themselves to helping others and improving quality of life across this region.” Adding, “As a former front line therapist, I have witnessed the ingenuity and dedication of front line workers day in and day out. They are an inspiration.”

"We're truly grateful for the passion and generosity the Bhayana Family Foundation brings to the social sector," says Sara Napier, President and CEO United Way Halifax. "We work with amazing agencies and community partners and these awards are a wonderful way for us to shine a light on individuals who are changing lives in our city," she adds.

About United Way Halifax

United Way Halifax is an impact organization that understands community need and opportunity in Halifax and brings people and resources together to address them. We envision our city to be united by compassion, rich in opportunity and free from poverty. Key areas of focus include poverty solutions, affordable housing and homelessness and inclusive communities. In this work we fund a network of community agencies and partner with municipal, provincial, federal, non-profit and private sector organizations. In 2016, United Way Halifax invested over $5 million in community. This investment includes funding to 48 agency partners, neighbourhood development, 211, the mobile food market, our collective work on issues of housing and homelessness, as well as distributing donor designated gifts to worthwhile charities in our community.