Woodgreen Community Services
As a front-line social work specialist with the Financial Empowerment team at WoodGreen Community Services, Amanda works tirelessly to help people who are living in poverty to overcome financial crises, achieve financial goals and improve their stability and wellness. She approaches each client with humility, empathy, curiosity, and sensitivity to the multitude of intersectional barriers that impact their lives. She not only continues to drive transformational financial outcomes in the lives of her clients, but also collaborates across the agency to support her colleagues gain skills and confidence to help their clients overcome financial barriers. One example of Amanda’s work is with a 70-year-old client facing imminent homelessness where Amanda’s expertise, diligent advocacy and quick action expedited 5 years of overdue government pension benefits and health-related benefits within four weeks, a process that typically takes up to a year. The client received a retroactive payment of $13,000 and established a regular income source making it possible to secure permanent housing before the lease expiry.
Amanda’s creativity and passion for tackling each new opportunity for service innovation has supported the financial empowerment program in continual growth and is a one-person powerhouse for improving the wellbeing of vulnerable people – and she does it with humility, grace and an awesome sense of humor.
2022 Greater Toronto Bhayana Family Foundation Awards
Recognizing the extraordinary staff of United Way-funded agencies who make a difference every day.
Special Notes of Thanks from the 2022 Greater Toronto Bhayana Family Foundation Awards
Media Advisory: Bhayana Family Foundation Awards recognizes leaders in social service sector
November 23, 2022 (Toronto, ON) – Media are invited to a celebration of the social services sector’s leadership, partnership, dedication, innovation and creativity as the Bhayana Family Foundation Awards return on November 25 after a three-year hiatus due to Covid-19. Stories of resiliency, fortitude and innovation will be shared at the hybrid event as five team awards and 10 individual awards will be awarded to frontline employees from United Way Greater Toronto’s network of agencies who served over 2 million people last year in Peel, Toronto and York.
Date: Friday, November 25, 2022
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Format: Virtual via Zoom or in person for photography and videography
The awards ceremony will include:
- A keynote address by The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
- Emcee Daniele Zanotti, CEO of United Way Greater Toronto
- Remarks by Rocco Rossi, President & CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Raksha M.Bhayana of the Bhayana Family FoundationMedia interested in attending this event, please contact:Lindsay Kwan
Communications Manager, United Way Greater Toronto email@example.com
Run of Show
Times are approximate
12:15–12:30: Guests Arrive
12:30–1:00: Buffet Lunch (in person)
1:00–1:10: Zoom goes live
1:10–1:15: Daniele Zanotti (UWGT President & CEO) welcomes guests (in person and on Zoom) and introduces Hon. Minister Ahmed Hussen
1:15–1:20: Minister Ahmed Hussen speaks (via Zoom)
1:20–1:23: Daniele thanks Minister Hussen and introduces Rocco Rossi
1:23–1:26: Rocco Rossi speaks
1:26–1:28: Daniele thanks Rocco Rossi and introduces Raksha Bhayana
1:28–1:32: Raksha speaks
1:32–2:02 Daniele presents Individual awards
2:02–2:05: Daniele congratulates the individual winners and introduces impact story presenters
2:05–2:08: Impact story #1
2:08–2:11: Impact story #2
2:11–2:30: Daniele thanks speakers and introduces the Team Awards
2:30–2:33: Daniele presents closing remarks and congratulates all
2:33–3:00: Guests mingle and depart