Blue Door Shelters
Contribute creative ideas to address issues within the scope of their job, department or organization: Pegah, the nominee, has always brought forth her open and creative mind set when working at Blue Door Shelters. By taking on different roles and tasks she has shown how her creativity can improve services and change the lives of clients and the agency. An example of this is the Recreational sport counselor position Pegah took on; she found creative and innovative ways to engage the clients in sport activities and recreational events, while on a minimal budget. She was able to promote healthy active living and community events in Newmarket for the youth and men housed at Blue Door Shelters. Her resourcefulness, inventiveness and originality proved to be highly beneficial for the clients and had taught them a positive way to approach healthy living and a positive lifestyle.
By putting forth creative and pleasurable ideas to make the youth shelter function more cohesively and be a more positive place to work and live. From improving and creating more functional job boards at the youth shelter that make it easier for clients to find appropriate jobs, to revamping the information boards, to decorating the house during Christmas – Pegah always finds fun and new ways to improve the youth shelter.
With a positive attitude, Pegah approaches all the challenges, issues, and changes of the agency with a solution oriented mind set. When working with in social services there are many changes and adjustments to policies, procedures, programs, and funding. Thus, unfortunately at times agencies and staff have had to remove programs or services they provide. However, Pegah always provides creative solutions that allow for an easier transition into the changes.
The effort, care and constructive way in which Pegah chooses to run programs at the youth shelter take an extra bit of effort, but it creates a different and positive experience for the clients she works with. During Valentine’s day she will cut up little heart cards and hand them out to everyone with a little lollipop. Though these efforts seem small they do not go unnoticed, and they make the clients feel as though the shelter is a positive atmosphere that will show them kindness and go the extra step to see them have a brighter day.
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.