Learning Disabilities Association of York Region
Helga joined the LDAYR in June 2008. As the Community Development and Volunteer Coordinator, she is responsible for the implementation and management of our Tutor/Volunteer program and services, further assisting the Executive Director with managerial duties. Helga also plays a role in strategic planning for the agency and is currently coordinating special events and grant development. On a daily basis Helga oversees field practicum students and provides support on HR functions for the agency.
Helga has an inspiring leadership style as she is always striving to ensure the wellbeing and empowerment of her clients, staff, practicum students, and volunteers. Helga is adept in empowering others to use their full potential, especially when it comes to her clients and volunteers enrolled in the Tutor program.
Helga has often demonstrated her capabilities in developing strong relationships through her perseverance and commitment to excellence. She works both in the community and within the agency developing lasting partnerships and relationships.
Helga works to ensure ‘diversity and inclusivity’ are both integral parts of everything she does for her clients. Many times she has parents that cannot speak English coming to her for a volunteer tutor for their children.
Helga is a source of inspiration through her exemplary character and determination for a more efficient, effective, and cohesive team unit at the LDAYR. She is very innovative when change is necessary and always looks for ways to increase productivity.
Here at the LDAYR our mission is to provide leadership in Learning Disabilities and ADHD, advocacy, research, education and services to advance the full participation of children, youth and adults with Learning Disabilities. With Helga leading our team we are always confident that the programs and services we offer the community is for the greater good… in fact, we strongly believe: Learning Disabilities are complicated… Helping isn’t.
On top of Helga’s daily duties with the Tutor Program, she also facilitates the Fundraising Committee and works vigorously to ensure any new ideas are implemented if possible. Her tireless efforts in organizing fundraising initiative for our association have come a long way and would not be possible without her guidance and strategic planning.
For these reasons we choose to nominate Helga as she is a very trustworthy and committed individual with leadership qualities that can lead staff, practicum students, and volunteers towards achieving their own excellence.
2013 York Region Bhayana Family Foundation Awards
Recognizing the extraordinary staff of United Way-funded agencies who make a difference every day.
Keynote: Hon. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, MPP (Richmond Hill)
Location: Markham Convergence Centre
Time: 8:30am – 10:00am
Social service workers honoured at awards ceremony
May 9, 2013, Markham – Earlier today at the Markham Convergence Centre, The Bhayana Family Foundation Awards recognized the outstanding contributions of social service employees from United Way York Region partner agencies. Thanks to the generosity of Madan and Raksha M. Bhayana, five $1,000 prizes were given to individuals and projects that support healthy people and strong neighbourhoods across York Region.
“Much of United Way’s work focuses on recognizing the success stories of individuals receiving support from our programs. It’s important to also highlight the staff person behind the program. They are often the first helping hand that plays such a critical role in bringing success to the lives of so many,” said awards founder, Raksha M. Bhayana.
The Bhayana Family Foundation has sponsored these awards with United Way Toronto and United Way Calgary, and this year generously extended the awards to York Region. This new event has been met with an incredibly positive response, as noted by one of the winners, Helga Sirola from Learning Disabilities Association of York Region.
“The fact that my team thought I make a difference in their lives and on those that we serve is an honour in and of itself,” she explained.
Keynote speaker, The Honourable Reza Moridi, Minister of Research & Innovation, MPP (Richmond Hill), highlighted United Way’s shared commitment to building strong communities in York Region. He also acknowledged that the awards are a necessary and important addition to the region and social services sector.
A call for nominations was made in February, and United Way received dozens of peer-to-peer nominations under the following categories: dedication; innovation and creativity; leadership; team achievement; and community partnership. The nominations were reviewed by a selection panel comprised of social service sector staff, labour and one community member-at-large.