Thursday, 7 June 2018

United Way will honour local social change heroes with awards

Second annual Bhayana Family Foundation Awards will recognize seven community change workers

(HALIFAX, NS) June 7, 2018 – United Way Halifax and the Bhayana Family Foundation will honour seven people committed to community change on Friday, June 8. United Way partner organizations nominated front-line staff and volunteers who offered extraordinary contributions to the community. Each recipient will receive $1,000 to be used for personal or professional development so that they may better do their work.

Jackie Rivers was nominated by Alice Evans at The Club Inclusion for the creativity and energy she brings to the organization every day. “There seems to be no limit to the effort and ingenuity that Jackie brings to her work,” Alice says. “Her expertise, attention to detail and understanding of the issues that affect people who have significant disabilities has meant that The Club Inclusion can accommodate those who others turn away.

The awards are made possible by a generous donation from the Bhayana Family Foundation. Raksha Bhayana, a former member of United Way Toronto’s Board of Trustees, says the awards were created to shed light on the positive impact of front-line staff. “Every single day they are in the trenches of difficult and demanding jobs, facing obstacles, fighting for justice and making a real difference in their community. They give tirelessly day after day, but their efforts often go under-recognized by all of us.”

The awards will be given out on Friday, June 8 at 1:00 p.m. at the Halifax Central Library, and will honour:

Roseanna Cleveland, Take Action Society
Trina Elliott, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Halifax
Betty MacDonald, Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians
Jackie Rivers, The Club Inclusion
Vanessa Sibley, Veith House
Michelle Webb, Family SOS
Sara Wheler, YWCA Halifax

About United Way Halifax
United Way Halifax is an impact organization that powers change in our community. We want Halifax to be a city united by compassion, rich in opportunity and free from poverty. In 2017, United Way Halifax invested over $4 million in our community – funding a network of community agencies and non-profit organizations. United Way Halifax believes in a strong network of community services. We target funds to community programs to address immediate needs and mobilize on-the-ground efforts to tackle persistent social issues at their root. 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. That’s how we change lives today and for years to come.


Media Contact
Sarah White
Marketing & Communications Officer, United Way Halifax