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Bhayana Family Foundation Awards

Commitment, creativity and team spirit are essential to advancing the common good—and building a better city for us all. The Bhayana Family Foundation Awards, made possible by the generous support of Madan and Raksha M. Bhayana and the Bhayana Family Foundation, are peer-nominated honours that recognize extraordinary contributions made by staff at our funded agencies. The 2014 Awards were presented in the following six categories:

Dedication: $1,000

This award recognizes agency employees who are dedicated to the mission and values of their agency, and who demonstrate a commitment to its ongoing success—or that of a specific project.

  • Dominique Robinson
    Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Mona Dogen
    Youth Assisting Youth
  • Ruth Cohen
    Bernard Betel Centre

Innovation and Creativity: $1,000

This award recognizes agency employees who introduce ideas, services or practices in new and imaginative ways, improving agency operations or services provided.

  • Dana Borrie
    Lumacare (formerly Downsview Services for Seniors)
  • Ranjith Kulatilake
    Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services

Leadership: $1,000

This award recognizes agency employees who demonstrate exemplary leadership capabilities and consistently achieve superior team-based results, advancing the agency’s overall mission.

  • Agazi Afewerki
    Toronto Centre for Community Learning & Development
  • Corina John
    College-Montrose Children’s Place
  • Garfield Bembridge
    Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto Branch
  • Mike Valkama
    CANES Community Care

Partnership Builder: $1,000

This award recognizes agency employees who make outstanding contributions to their community by recognizing, engaging and maximizing the potential of relationships with key external partners, such as residents, schools, associations, other agencies, businesses and funders.

  • Cuthbert (Cutty) Duncan
    Social Planning Toronto
  • Chantel Espanola and Mireya Arrechea
    Working Women Community Centre

Team Achievement: $3,000

This award recognizes agency teams that promote the active participation of all team members toward the achievement of a common goal, demonstrating a commitment to success through excellent and consistent performance.

  • Social Enterprise Team-Together We Are Strong
    Christie-Ossington Neighbourhood Centre
  • Community Connections Mentorship Program Team
    CultureLink Settlement Services
  • CORE Team
    Yorktown Child and Family Centre

Community Partnership: $1,000

This award recognizes outstanding partnerships (between three or more organizations) that are committed to collaborating on a specific project or initiative for an outcome that one organization alone could not achieve.

  • Community Design Initiative
    East Scarborough Storefront-Tides; archiTEXT; Sustainable. TO Architecture + Building; Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (CAPREIT); locale and E.R.A. Architects