2017 Recipients

Vital People 2017

1. Recipient: Erin Bhatia, Manager of Special Events & Creative Design, Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario
Nominator:  Lori Quick, Chief Executive Officer
Grant: $500
For:  To attend the North American Make-A-Wish Conference, October 24 to 27, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Make-A-Wish colleagues from across North America will gather at the Conference to learn new skills and techniques through professionally led sessions, network with colleagues, and share best practices.
Impact: Meeting colleagues and sharing experiences will be invaluable to Erin's ongoing professional development. Hearing the numerous heartwarming wish experiences will be incredibly inspiring and motivating for her.


 2. Recipient: Chelsea Johnson, Human Resource and Workplace Culture Lead, Family Service Thames Valley
Nominator: Louise Pitre, Executive Director 
Grant: $1,000
For: Chelsea will enroll in the Fanshawe College course: Human Resource Management Post-Grad Certificate
Impact: With her career goal a Human Resources position, the course allows Chelsea to move forward towards obtaining a CHRP designation. A culture shift would be created, with Chelsea as part of the change, working with compassion and knowledge.


3. Recipient: Dawn Fulmer, Manager, Development & Communications Manager, WAYS Mental Health Support
Nominator: Joanne Johnston, Executive Director
Grant: $1,000
For: To attend the Children’s Mental Health Ontario conference: the largest child and youth mental health conference in Canada. The conference provides opportunities for collaboration, to build and maintain relationships, assists in advocacy efforts, and results in knowledge transfer and learning about new and innovative approaches related to governance, leadership and child and youth mental health services. 
Impact: Dawn will benefit from this opportunity by networking with leaders from the child and youth mental health sector and by expanding her knowledge in the areas of governance, leadership and organizational effectiveness. Attendance at this conference is vital to our organization in order to keep abreast of current and future developments in government and in the field that will impact WAYS Mental Health Support and the families we serve.


4. Recipient: Nancy McFadden, Development Associate, Canadian Cancer Society
Nominator: Angie Woodcock, Manager Elgin-Middlesex Community Office London
Grant: $1,000
For: Having  completed her professional qualifications this past August, enabling her to write her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation, Nancy completed registration for the exam and will be writing the CFRE exam on November 23, 2017 in London.
Impact: Taking this course will greatly impact Nancy's career as she becomes a Certified Fund Raising Executive, a career trajectory that demonstrates professional achievement.


5. Recipient: Pam Cullen, Executive Director, London Community Chaplaincy
Nominator: Betty Poole, Board Chair
Grant: $1,000
For: Certificate in Professional Leadership at Western University.
Impact: Leadership is the heart of organizational success and empowering others is the heart of great leadership. This course will help Pam to lead with integrity, transparency and passion.


6. Recipient: Megan Kesich, Community Outreach and Support, Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre
Nominator: Margaret Wills, Executive Director
Grant: $1,500
For:  Megan will attend Hincks-Dellcrest to train for the certificate in Trauma Counselling For Front Line Workers and she will take the Indigenous Safety Program, administered by Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre.
Impact: Coupling her lived experience with on the job training, Megan strives to be a strong advocate for those facing a multitude of challenges. With a keen sense of social justice, these courses will help her to empower community members to find their own voice, explore their passions, and drive their community in a positive direction.


7. Recipient: Avril Rinn, Counsellor, ATN Access for Persons with Disabilities
Nominator: Vicki Mayer, Executive Director
Grant: $2,000
For: Avril is pursuing a certificate in Positive Psychology through Wilfrid Laurier University.
Impact: Avril will expand her knowledge of positive psychology, tools and resources to empower others.


8. Recipient: Summer Thorp, (+) Positive Voice Program Coordinator, Nokee Kwe
Nominator: Meghan Newman, President, Board of Directors
Grant: $2,000
For: Two courses towards her Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization offered through the University of Guelph’s OpenEd, a continuing education program.
Impact: Allowing Summer to access emerging research will increase the impact of Nokee Kwe services and improve client outcomes; these courses will integrate her research and advocacy skill sets.