2015 Lower Mainland Bhayana Family Foundation Awards


Recipient Agency Award
Hala Kapani Lower Mainland Richmond Family Place Dedication
Muoi Ly Lower Mainland Vancouver Second Mile Society Dedication
Linda Minamimaye Lower Mainland Gordon Neighbourhood House Dedication
Wes Everaars Lower Mainland Lookout Emergency Aid Society Leadership
Eva Aboud Lower Mainland Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House Leadership
Tahzeem Kassam Lower Mainland DIVERSEcity Leadership
Claudine Matlo Lower Mainland Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House Innovation
Bella Cenezero Lower Mainland Parent Support Services Society of BC Innovation

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Venue: Anvil Centre
Keynote: Maria LeRose

For 15 years, Muoi Ly has brightened the lives of Downtown Eastside seniors cooking at the Downtown Eastside Seniors Centre. Her smile and attention to detail make seniors feel welcome at the Centre everyday.

In 1980, Linda Minamimaya started as a volunteer with the Youth Search Program at the Association of Neighbourhood Houses. Now 35 years later, she is the longest serving employee at the Association and is the Director of Operations at Gordon Neighbourhood House. Through her undeniable commitment and dedication, she has build everlasting relationships with community members, local organizations, and colleagues alike.

These are the kinds of exceptional individuals who work on the frontlines of United Way-funded agencies and who were recognized at the Bhayana Family Foundation and United Way Community Partners Awards.

The Bhayana Family Foundation Awards is a partnership between United Way and the Bhayana family to recognize extraordinary contributions made by workers at United Way funded agencies. The individuals are nominated by their peers.

Bhayana Dedication Awards recognize individuals who demonstrate dedication to their organization’s mission and values.

Bhayana Leadership Awards recognize an individual who demonstrates exemplary leadership capabilities and who consistently achieves superior team-based results.

Bhayana Innovation Awards recognize an employee who introduces ideas, services or practices in new and imaginative ways, contributing innovative solutions to the agency’s operations or services.

“These awards celebrate the kind of people who are driven by ideals, passion and values, and I congratulate all of them,” said Raksha Manaktala Bhayana, CEO of the Bhayana Family Foundation.

“They do what others have described as ‘turning the impossible into the inevitable.’ They take more risks than we can imagine and really do go above and beyond the call of duty on more days that we can count.”

“None of the work we do in the community would be possible without the hard work, dedication and passion of the people who work at the social service agencies that United Way funds,” said Michael McKnight, President & CEO, United Way of the Lower Mainland.

The awards were presented at New Westminster’s Anvil Centre.

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