There was a definite buzz in the air as the Pillar Community Innovation Awards once again celebrated those individuals and organizations making London a brighter and more successful city.
Held Nov. 22 at the London Convention Centre, the highlight of the evening for the more than 850 people in attendance was the announcement of the award recipients in the four categories of Innovation, Leadership, Impact and Collaboration and a new category — Community Choice.
Pillar Nonprofit Network Executive Director Michelle Baldwin expresses her appreciation for the continued support of the event.
“Each year our goal is to share and highlight our award recipients,” she said. “This year clearly did this and showed how individuals, organizations and collaborations are bringing heart and solutions to our community.”
Pillar Community Innovation Awards recipients included:
- Community Innovation: (+) Positive Voice at Nokee Kwe — a program created to support urban Aboriginal women in creating positive narratives and community connections.
- Community Leadership: Justin Tiseo — leader and creator of John Paul II Catholic Secondary School’s ONERUN, turning a one-day fundraiser for cancer patient care into a city-wide, week long initiative engaging high school students and raising over $260,000 to date.
- Community Impact: Community Engaged Learning at Western University — the courses and programs aim to help students strengthen their sense of civic responsibility and understanding of social justice, while giving students the hands-on experiences to connect what they’re learning in the classroom, to what’s happening outside of it.
- Community Collaboration: Baby’s Book Bag: Literacy Right from the Start — created by London’s Child and Youth Network Literacy Team, with help from Kiwanis Club of Forest City-London, this initiative provides new and expectant parents in London with a free literacy bag containing practical, hands-on tools and information to use as soon as their baby is born.
- Community Choice: Childreach’s WILD CHILD Outdoor Playgroup — an effort to motivate children and families to immerse themselves back into nature and outdoor activities, while improving the social, emotional, and physical well-being of children, which comes from outdoor play.