Action Dignity (RAVE)
Adanech is one of the most dedicated community leaders, advocates and organizers. No matter the scale of the issue, she has been able to bring people together to find practical ways of helping, by mobilizing not just her own efforts but the entire community. This has been especially important during the pandemic where some communities – especially those with many people working front line essential services – have been hit extremely hard. The RAVE program is an emergency response program that addresses the impact of COVID 19 on ethno-cultural communities. RAVE project supported more than 23 ECCs to meet urgent needs of individuals and families that helps people who have urgent needs because of COVID-19 and who cannot have their needs met by other service providers. Adanech has been working tirelessly at night ,weekends to help 23 grassroot organization to implement their project. She helped discriminated meat processing workers rights during their struggle with COVID19 pandemic. She actively advocated for the rights and benefits of Cargill and JBS Meat Processing Plant Employees who were impacted by the virus, and worked with their union/UFCW and Alberta Labor Federation. She also took a lead role in organizing an online event that brought together workers from Mexican, Filipino, East African, and other communities to share their and their families’ stories, and to advocate together both to the union and employers.Adaneche’s instinct is not to hold onto leadership herself but to spread it out to many others.
2020 Bhayana and Agency Appreciation Awards
Recognizing the extraordinary staff of United Way-funded agencies who make a difference every day.
Note: The pandemic led to Special Covid Awards being designated. If awarded, they are marked with a (C) in the Table above.
The 2020 Bhayana and Agency Appreciation Awards
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Venue: Virtual event
Remarks: Hon. Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Community and Social Services, Dr. Verna Yiu, CEO of Alberta Health Services.
MC: Wakefield Brewster, A Poet and Spoken Word Artist. Elder Crowshoe opened the Awards Ceremony with a beautiful prayer.
Attendees: Hon. Minister McIver, MLAs Matt Jones Stephanie Kusie Greg McLean,Jeremy Nixon Tanya Fir, Councillors Farkas, Chahal, Gondek
Every day, agencies and community leaders support our most vulnerable people and our communities to ensure that no one is left behind.
2020 Bhayana and Agency Appreciation Awards recognizes the initiatives, organizations, and staff for the work they do.
Whether it’s creating partnerships, generating innovative solutions for inclusive environments, or supporting initiatives focused on mental health, poverty reduction, or basic needs, these invisible champions are there to strengthen our communities.