M-B Family Spirit Awards — Building A Better United Way Award
On June 7, 2012 we announced our winners for this year’s employee nominated awards program for United Way Toronto, the M-B Family Spirit Awards. This program is made possible by a generous donation from Raksha Bhayana, a former member of our Board of Trustees.
There are three types of awards within The M-B Family Spirit Awards Program. The Building a Better UWT Award is the top level and most formal award under the program. Nominees and recipients for this award have demonstrated excellence in all three award categories: Living our Values, Demonstrating Excellence and Embracing Leadership.
2011 Building a Better UWT Award nominees and recipients
The nominees for the Building a Better United Way Award were: Adrienne Clarke, Jennifer Chegus, Alice Yeung, Steve Lavery and the Special Events Team comprising of: Lisa McAuliffe, Alison Cobban, Jessie Lam, and Yurixhi Giacinti.
Adrienne Clarke – Recipient
Adrienne was nominated for working across United Way to prepare and develop the organization’s accessibility program. In addition to her busy portfolio as a Senior Manager, Marketing — a role that sees her leading, coordinating and monitoring the development of United Way of Toronto’s marketing materials in support of our community impact brand — she worked collaboratively with a great team to prepare and develop a new accessibility program for the organization. To ensure the success of the initiative, she worked in partnership with others. She also took on the pertinent training required for colleagues as we transitioned to our new voice-to-text system, which has support United Way’s mission to meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) customer standards.
Jennifer Chegus – Recipient
Jennifer was nominated for her leadership, creativity and focus on delivering excellent results. As Associate Director, Resource Development, Jennifer provides leadership to a team of fundraisers responsible for donor relationships with a group of major national corporate accounts. As an experienced professional, she is always quick to provide assistance and guidance to her colleagues. She is a strong partner and supports her team in managing complex workplace campaigns that deliver on United Way’s organizational goals. To quote one of her nominators, “Jennifer is an exemplary ambassador for United Way, a person that our volunteers frequently seek out for her clear thinking, creative problem solving, understanding of their objectives, and willingness to find solutions to new challenges.”
Alice Yeung – Recipient
Alice was nominated for her leadership, can-do attitude and focus on ensuring exceptional delivery of services to client groups. At United Way, Alice implements and manages the organization’s recruitment programs and processes. Following a number of staff transitions within her department, she provided support in delivery of Human Capital programs as her team on boarded new members. Her ability to juggle a number of priorities ensured that the smooth delivery of critical initiatives. In addition, she also took on a leadership role in orientating a new colleague by providing training and support on key processes, thus ensuring a smooth transition.