National Philanthropy Day Awards Celebration

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Award Recipients Honoured at National Philanthropy Day Celebration


Victoria, BC (November 16, 2018) – Philanthropists of all ages were honoured at the National Philanthropy Day Award Celebrations held at the Victoria Conference Centre last night. The ceremony was a culmination of a full day of sessions celebrating the philanthropic hearts in our community.

“National Philanthropy Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the acts of kindness and giving that thousands of people on Vancouver Island are doing daily”, said Leanne Kopp, President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Vancouver Island. “These actions change our community for the better every single day.”

The morning started with an Agents of Change Youth session for leadership students in Victoria that saw 160 participate, where, led by Joe Roberts, the Skidrow CEO, they made a promise to give back to their community.

“The promises the students made were truly inspiring” said Jessica Bell, Chair of National Philanthropy Day. “And because of a generous donation from the Andrew D. Beckerman Fund at the Victoria Foundation, each student left with a $100 CanadaHelps gift card to donate to a charity of their choice.”

An  Inspired Philanthropy Fundraiser Masterclass took place in the afternoon for 40 fundraisers and a panel comprised of Aleece Laird, Amplified Consulting, Joe Roberts, Push for Change, Sheldon Gardiner, Do Some Good, and Devesh Bharadwaj, Pani Energy.

The evening award winners were:

Generosity of Spirit

Andrew Beckerman with award sponsor Mark Breslauer, United Way of Greater Victoria
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Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award 

Jack Boomer with award sponsor Shannon Kowalko, Bayview Place
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Outstanding Philanthropic Community Award

The Golf for Kids Team with award sponsor Sherri Bell, Camosun College
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Corporate Responsibility Award 

Coast Capital Savings with award sponsor Cheryl Hebb, University of Victoria
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Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Day (11-18 years)

Diya Courty-Stephens with award sponsor Mark Brasleaur, TELUS
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Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Day (5-10 years) 

Andrei Marti with award sponsor Sandra Hudson, Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
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Photo credits: Brynn Feather Visuals

National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day is an event started by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 1986. National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is celebrated around the world as a day to recognize the work of charities and remember the extraordinary achievements that philanthropy-giving, volunteering and social engagement-has made in all aspects of life. In Canada, NPD is recognized on November 15 as a national day.

For more information on our award recipients, CLICK HERE.