Champion Stories: Enter a world of Innovation, Dedication and Caring
Congratulations to our award winners, the social architects who help people make transformational changes to their lives and build thriving communities. Read more about them and be inspired!
Here are a few of our featured stories. All stories are taken from the nomination forms.
Invisible Champion Award
While other service agencies were scaling back and/or shutting down, Myrene led the staff team at LEA Place to enable delivery of services. She kept the lights on at the Centre and provided direct contact for women to access fax, copier, and pick up gift cards. Myrene took initiative to ensure safety of staff and […]Read the full story
Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities Team
Team Achievement Award
Delivering the largest program at Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities, the members of the Social Support team work diligently each day not only to provide access to basic resources like food and clothing, but to build rapport with every individual who comes to the program. They provide support to more than 320 households each week […]Read the full story
About 10,000 people in the Region of Peel access housing services each year and 75% of them are men. As Intake worker, Nealia works collaboratively with a variety of agencies across Peel to secure suitable housing for men experiencing homelessness because of mental health and addiction. Nealia’s positive interactions with community partners make her a […]Read the full story
All Award Winners – Stories that Spark a Smile
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Your Champion Stories
Durham Family Court Clinic Team
The highly talented DFCC Team goes above and beyond in so many ways. Perseverance, dedication, determination, passion, compassion, empathy are just some of the many empowering words that come to mind when I think about my colleagues at DFCC. DFCC is a charity offering specialized services for young people and families including assessment, counselling, mental health supports, and supportive educational programming in Durham Region. Young people and families who access DFCC’s programs often face a myriad of barriers. Our Team, working collectively with the young person, their family and the community, helps break down those barriers to provide hope and build the necessary building blocks for health and well-being. Whether it is as an ardent and persistent advocate to access much-needed psychiatric support for a young person, notwithstanding many systemic roadblocks; being chosen by a student as a source of inspiration for a school presentation; being told by a young person many years later that “You guys saved my life”; getting donations for and putting together Holiday Hampers to help families out at a tough time of year; or a parent saying the experience working with the Team was very empowering and helped them cope and move forward, these are only a few examples of the DFCC Team doing whatever it takes to be there for young people and families. Driven by the commitment to provide hope and guided by values of collaboration, compassion, integrity and excellence, the DFCC Team are my heroes. As DFCC’s Executive Director I am humbled, proud and honoured to be a member of this team and work with an amazing group of committed professionals who make positive changes in our community daily.
— Nicola Crow, Executive Director, Durham Family Court Clinic
From the Heart: Words about and from our Award Winners
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