Born in South Africa, Strini Reddy volunteers on behalf of children and families experiencing poverty, discrimination and social injustice. A retired educator, he works with such community organizations as Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, the Manitoba Healthy Child Advisory Committee, and the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg to improve education and combat child poverty. He is the co-founder of a summer learning program that is provided free to underprivileged children and leads projects supporting education in resource-poor African communities.
Victoria, British Columbia
Deirdre Roberts is known for her generous history of supporting philanthropy in the wider Victoria community. She volunteers on the Board of the Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation and with the Aga Khan Foundation, Canada's World Partnership Walk, the Friends of UVic Libraries and the Victoria Foundation. She is also well known for her work as an artist, notably as the Pacific Opera's 2010 Artist in Residence, where she produced 18 behind-the-scenes paintings that were exhibited and sold to raise significant funding for the opera.
Sister Lesley Sacouman
Sister Lesley Sacouman's compassion and wisdom have given a voice to those living on the margins of society. Her special focus is on the Aboriginal community and on newcomers to Canada. In 2002, she decided to live with street people in a New York shelter. This life-changing experience gave birth to Holy Names House of Peace, in downtown Winnipeg: a transitional shelter for women from different countries, circumstances and faiths. This is her home as much as it is a workplace; as well as offering her time as the agency's executive director, she also lives with its residents.
Brian Toller's community engagement and volunteer work go back many years. They include co-running the milk program at his sons' school, coaching minor league hockey, supporting the Great Canadian Theatre Company, and working on fundraisers for various organizations. In 2007, when the Community Foundation of Ottawa signed on to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment, Mr. Toller led the creation of the Impact Investing Program, a way of investing in local charities that both benefits the receiving organizations and allows for a financial return that can help support other charities in turn.
Erin Ward is engaged in her community through the activities of the Winnipeg Foundation. As a student at St. Mary's Academy, she participated in the Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy (YiP) program, which allocates funds to local charities. She went on to become a founding member of the Young Philanthropists' Network, a group of young professionals and post-secondary students dedicated to giving back to their community through grant funding. She also sits on the Foundation's Nourishing Potential Committee, which provides grants to after-school nutrition programs in high-needs areas of Winnipeg.
Bonnie Yagar understands the importance of philanthropy and civic engagement. She has been involved with Community Living Mississauga, which serves people with intellectual disabilities; Fair Share for Peel Task Force, which secures equity in provincial funding for social services; and Success by 6, which helps to ensure the healthy growth and development of young children.
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