Each year London shows up to make the community brighter and at the 10th annual Pillar Community Innovation Awards the shine continued as several bright lights were recognized.
More than 800 guests witnessed the illumination of these stories on Nov. 23 at the London Convention Centre.
In the audience were the 12 finalists whose commitment to the community was shared with the crowd.
“Seeing many of these finalists’ in action and reminded again by the video stories, brings me back to the roots of why we started down this road,” said Pillar’s executive director Michelle Baldwin. “All of our 120 finalists over the 10 years of these awards solidifies the fact that the London community is composed of so many remarkable individuals and organizations that are making a significant, lasting impact.”
The true highlight, and the most anticipated, part of the evening was the announcement of this year’s Pillar Community Innovation Award recipients.
The four award categories included Community Innovation, Community Leadership, Community Impact, and Community Collaboration.
The 2016 outstanding award recipients included:
- Community Innovation: Thames Valley District School Board’s GENTLE Reception Centre Program
- Community Leadership: John Leitch
- Community Impact: Pathways Skill and Development Placement Centre
- Community Collaboration: Intergenerational Choir Project (Alzheimer Society London Middlesex, Medway High School and Sisters of St. Joseph)
In addition to a custom award designed by Metal In Fusion, award recipients received $2,500 to be directed to the registered charity of their choice.
“These stories tell us about the volunteer service and accomplishments of a truly inspirational group of individuals, businesses and organizations in our community,” said awards co-chairs Harry Joosten and Kathleen Murphy in a joint statement. “While one purpose of these awards is to recognize them, Pillar also hopes to stimulate and motivate the rest of us to follow their lead and expand on their contributions, each according to our own capacities and passions.”
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