Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax
What did it mean for you to win the award?
It was quite a shock. I didn’t know that I was nominated until I got the e-mail that I had won. It was very rewarding as it meant that people were noticing things that I was doing and that they felt that it had impact.
What impact has this award had on you personally?
It gave me confidence in my abilities and made me want to do more and get other staff more involved. It also made me realize the impact the being recognized for your work has and had made me more conscious to recognize my staff’s achievements.
Do you have a compelling story that you would like to share on how the Bhayana Awards have made an impact?
Receiving this award increased my confidence in what I am doing and had made me want to do more and get others more involved. It also made me realize the impact the being recognized for your work has and had made me more conscious to recognize my staff’s achievements. In non-profits wages are often low, hours are long and hard with very little recognition, and I have since been seeking ways to increase staff morale through increased recognition, which in turn they pass on to our members. By receiving this award, it has also encouraged me to get more involved in our communities outside of my work with Boys and Girls Clubs through FEED Nova Scotia and Community Justice.
Do you have any suggestions on how to improve the awards for next year?
No I thought it was fantastic! I found the awards ceremony was inspirational and felt motivated to do more through hearing what the other award recipients are doing in their communities.
Has participating in the process had an impact on your organization (morale ect)?
I feel it has. I think that for my sites in particular it has increased paying it forward. In non-profits wages are often low, hours are long and hard with very little recognition. I have since been seeking ways to increase staff morale through increased recognition, which in turn they pass on to the members.
2018 Halifax Bhayana Family Foundation Awards
Recognizing the extraordinary staff of United Way-funded agencies who make a difference every day.
United Way Halifax and the Bhayana Family Foundation will honour seven people committed to community change on Friday, June 8. United Way partner organizations nominated front-line staff and volunteers who offered extraordinary contributions to the community. Each recipient will receive $1,000 to be used for personal or professional development so that they may better do their work.
Jackie Rivers was nominated by Alice Evans at The Club Inclusion for the creativity and energy she brings to the organization every day. “There seems to be no limit to the effort and ingenuity that Jackie brings to her work,” Alice says. “Her expertise, attention to detail and understanding of the issues that affect people who have significant disabilities has meant that The Club Inclusion can accommodate those who others turn away.”
The awards are made possible by a generous donation from the Bhayana Family Foundation. Raksha Bhayana, a former member of United Way Toronto’s Board of Trustees, says the awards were created to shed light on the positive impact of front-line staff. “Every single day they are in the trenches of difficult and demanding jobs, facing obstacles, fighting for justice and making a real difference in their community. They give tirelessly day after day, but their efforts often go under-recognized by all of us.”