At the start of the pandemic, we mobilized to address gaps that our member organizations indicated they did not have capacity to address. This resulted in Volunteer MBC taking on a more significant level of frontline service. Our Continuum of Care project involves coordination with several organizations in the supply and demand of emergency response services. The Continuum streamlines help requests and asset mapping between numerous non-profit organizations, to deliver meals and other essentials more efficiently to vulnerable people. Madhuri played a lead role in this project by coordinating volunteers and much of the logistics. There was also a major need for volunteer drivers to fulfill the delivery of essentials. Madhuri led the effort to recruit volunteers and onboard them into these roles. Madhuri has been the lead in the day-to-day collaboration with partner organizations like Moyo Health and Community Services, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Knights Table, and others. Her commitment level is extremely high, as she has been focused on ensuring there is no breakdown in the services, the partnerships, or the volunteer engagement. Frequently, this has meant putting in long hours, dealing with emergency situations, creative problem solving, and self-sacrifice. In 2021, we launched, BoardWalk, an inclusive program that focuses on training newcomers and underrepresented individuals on board governance and other leadership topics and matches them with boards and committees of local not-for-profit organizations. Recovering from the pandemic demands more skilled and strategic leadership in the sector. Madhuri played a key part in the matching component of this project. As participants completed the training, she met with them to understand their goals and connect them with leadership opportunities at community service organizations. Therefore, Madhuri has had a direct hand in increasing the diversity of not-for-profit leadership in Peel. Madhuri has left an indelible mark on everyone who knows her. In many ways, Madhuri is the face of Volunteer MBC–the best version of ourselves. Her kindness, patience, and genuine care and appreciation of others shines through.
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