Vital People Award 


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Charities are vital to our community and the leaders within them play a significant role in creating an inclusive community for everyone. This award recognizes individuals working in the London, Ontario and Middlesex County (Canada) charitable sector with funding for professional development.

The Foundation understands that growing the skills and effectiveness of individuals results in stronger organizations and greater community impact.

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2019 recipients +

Chad Callander, Manager, Fundraising and Community Engagement, Meals on Wheels London
Grant: $1,000

Kirsti Cheese, Community Connector System Coordinator, Childreach
Grant: $700

Vanessa Eastmure, Exhibits & Collections Coordinator, London Regional Children's Museum
Grant: $1,000

Stephanie Field, Director of Operations & Development, Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario
Grant: $380

Christine Freeman, Manager, Partnerships & Philanthropy, The Sunshine Foundation of Canada
Grant: $500

Paul Fujimoto-Pihl, Technical Director/Interim Production Manager, The Grand Theatre
Grant: $2,000

Norma Greenslade, Treasurer, St. Paul's Cathedral
Grant: $450

Olivia Langford, Program Instructor, SARI Therapeutic Riding
Grant: $800

Bronagh Morgan, Executive Director, Bereaved Families of Ontario - Southwest
Grant: $850

Sheri Templeton, Facility Administrator and Manager Donor Relations , Growing Chefs Ontario
Grant: $1,165

Lore Wainwright, Interim Executive Director, Pillar Nonprofit Network
Grant: $555

2018 recipients +

Carley Andison, Coordinator, Wish & Volunteer Services, Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario
Grant: $750

MacKenzie Hamilton Shaw, Trainer, Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Centre Inc.
Grant: $1,000

Jay Lawrence, Community Youth Sports Coordinator, London Youth for Christ (YFC)
Grant: $400

Brianna Evans, Communications Associate, Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwestern Ontario
Grant: $1,000

Sam Dow, Operations Manager, London Community Resource Centre
Grant: $365

Skylar Franke, Network Coordinator, Thames Talbot Land Trust
Grant: $415

Renée Coughlin, Education Specialist, London Regional Children’s Museum
Grant: $430

Amanda Conlon, Executive Director, London Regional Children’s Museum
Grant: $1,000

Albert Brule, Director Resource & Business Development, Pillar Nonprofit Network
Grant: $2,000

Rebecca Machado, Executive Director, Daya Counselling Centre
Grant: $1,350

Jessie Collins, Education Specialist, London Regional Children’s Museum
Grant: $675

Kelsey Nicholls, Community Engagement Coordinator, ReForest London
Grant: $932.92

2017 recipients +

Erin Bhatia, Manager of Special Events & Creative Design, Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario
Grant: $500

Chelsea Johnson, Human Resource and Workplace Culture Lead, Family Service Thames Valley
Grant: $1,000

Dawn Fulmer, Manager, Development & Communications Manager, WAYS Mental Health Support
Grant: $1,000

Nancy McFadden, Development Associate, Canadian Cancer Society
Grant: $1,000

Pam Cullen, Executive Director, London Community Chaplaincy
Grant: $1,000

Megan Kesich, Community Outreach and Support, Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre
Grant: $1,5000

Avril Rinn, Counsellor, ATN Access for Persons with Disabilities
Grant: $2,000

Summer Thorp, (+) Positive Voice Program Coordinator, Nokee Kwe
Grant: $2,000

2016 recipients +

Brittany Kinchen, Wish Coordinator, Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario
Grant: $2,000

Carolyn Underwood, Registered Social Worker, Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex (ASLM)
Grant: $1,900

Kathy Chute, Program Coordinator, Learning Disabilities Association of London Region (LDALR)
Grant: $2,000

Sonja Dennis, Director of Music, Colborne Street United Church
Grant: $2,000

Sarah Montes
Grant: $2,000