Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
Native Child and Family Services is the largest Indigenous multi-service organization in the Greater Toronto Area, serving over 6,000 community members annually. It provides some of our most vulnerable people with access to the healing and well-being services they require.
For the last 11 years, receptionist Eva Webster is the one, and likely only person who has greeted and assisted almost every single one of them. In some cases, clients are experiencing homelessness or facing mental health and addictions issues. Sometimes they arrive in crisis, which makes Eva in the lobby a frontline worker, integral to improving the lives of Toronto’s Indigenous community.
This is a role she manages with grace, honesty, humour and strength. Eva knows how important that feeling of comfort and belonging can be – especially for community members who are struggling and often disconnected from their home communities and extended families. Eva provides care that goes above and beyond the regular duties of her job.
2019 Greater Toronto Bhayana Family Foundation Awards
Recognizing the extraordinary staff of United Way-funded agencies who make a difference every day.
Date: Monday, November 18, 2019
Venue: The Old Mill
Keynote: Deb Matthews, Former Deputy Premier of Ontario
Attendees: MP Julie Dzerowicz, MP Majid Jowhari, MP James Maloney, MP Maninder Sidhu, MP Arif Virani, MPP Daisy Wai, former Senator Dr. Asha Seth, former MP Harinder Malhi, former Councillor David Cohen
Local Change Makers Celebrated
It’s a sector that reinforces crucial community safety net, but the people working the front-lines of the GTA’s community agencies don’t often get the public appreciation they so deserve. The Bhayana Family Foundation Awards recognize extraordinary contributions made by frontline staff and middle managers who are tackling #UNIGNORABLE local issues at United Way Greater Toronto-supported agencies.
On November 18, winners were awarded for helping and people and their communities thrive through their dedication, innovation and creativity, leadership, teamwork and partnership.