Parent Support Services Society of BC
Bella has been a constant and dedicated innovator at Parent Support Services Society of BC for over 20 years.. Since the 1994, Bella has played a pivotal role in addressing the lack of diversity in the work that Parent Support Services Society of BC did. Committed to a community development model, Bella entered into discussions with a wide range community leaders, individuals and service providers – to explore ways to support a broader spectrum of families. Families and whole communities across the province have benefited from the imaginative and innovative work, grounded in ethical practice, which Bella has led. She collaborates with community and the rest of Parent Support Services Society of BC, while working towards “a world where all children and their families are nurtured, valued and safe”.
2015 Lower Mainland Bhayana Family Foundation Awards
Recognizing the extraordinary staff of United Way-funded agencies who make a difference every day.
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.