Youth Without Shelter
Andrea works tirelessly with the Housing program to support to find and maintain permanent housing for YWS’s in house clients and former residents that she visits in the community, even at the height of the pandemic. Andrea has on many occasions has gone above and beyond her call of duty to save a clients housing and ensure that they have optimal support. Andrea has on many occasions taken her youth, care packages of food and hygiene when she goes to meet them in the community, as they have difficult circumstances that prevents them from coming to us. It is also important to note, that Andrea does not drive, and she will carry packages to her clients while taking the bus. Nominators highlighted a story of a youth who required very high level of mental health due to suicidal attempts, family breakdown, literacy issues, and rental arrears which all led to a mental health breakdown and near eviction during the peak of the pandemic. Andrea vigorously advocated on behalf of the client with Ontario Works and Toronto Community Housing to get her rental arrears of thousands of dollars corrected and resolved. Later Andrea was at the forefront when this client attempted her life and was hospitalized she facilitated aftercare planning with the hospital, a visitation of the client’s mother to come from the US, assisting to find care for the clients dog during the duration hospitalization. The client is now well connected to mental health supports and remains stable in her housing and mental. At a time that supports were more scarce as a result of the pandemic and Andrea never declined or lessened her service to her clients but in fact worked even harder to provide the best care possible. She is a true team player that will go the extra mile to support our youth. Her wealth of knowledge and willingness to keep learning, and her dedication to help grow our program has all been a contribution to the success of the Housing Program at YWS.
2022 Greater Toronto Bhayana Family Foundation Awards
Recognizing the extraordinary staff of United Way-funded agencies who make a difference every day.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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