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Bhayana Family Foundation Awards. Celebrating the roots of our community.

Nominations for the 2019 Bhayana Family Foundation Awards are now closed. If you have any questions, please contact us at awards@uwgt.org.

The Bhayana Family Foundation Awards recognize extraordinary contributions made by frontline staff and middle managers who are tackling #UNIGNORABLE issues at United Way Greater Toronto-supported agencies. Winners are awarded for showing their local love and helping people thrive through their dedication, innovation and creativity, leadership, teamwork and partnership.

The awards are made possible by a generous donation from Madan and Raksha M. Bhayana and the Bhayana Family Foundation.

The Bhayana awards celebrate the incredible work done by Individuals and Teams who are tackling unignorable issues—like poverty, mental health, homelessness and social isolation—in our community. All nominees and their nominators are invited to attend a special event to celebrate the award winners.

Individual awards:

This award recognizes employees who are dedicated to the mission, values and goals of their agency and go above and beyond what is expected of them.

  • Demonstrate unwavering commitment to the success of a specific project or to the ongoing interests of the organization
  • Provide exceptional service to external or internal customers
  • Demonstrate readiness to participate in special projects or committees
  • Demonstrate willingness to put their team or organizational goals above personal gain
  • Show solid support for colleagues

This award recognizes employees who contribute innovative solutions to their organization by looking for new ways to achieve shared goals.

  • Provide creative solutions to operational or service challenges
  • Adapt positively to changing circumstances
  • Contribute creative ideas to address issues within the scope of their job, department or organization
  • Challenge existing assumptions and think outside the box
  • Take calculated risks in pursuit of continuous improvement
  • Support others to realize the positive aspects of change

This award recognizes employees who demonstrate exemplary leadership capabilities and consistently achieve superior, team-based results.

  • Inspire those around them to work for change
  • Communicate the vision of the organization clearly and support others to contribute to it
  • Influence and motivate others to achieve common goals
  • Promote and celebrate diversity
  • Exceptional communication and listening skills
  • Adapt to and see the advantages of changing circumstances

This award recognizes employees who make outstanding contributions to their broader community. They do so by recognizing, engaging in, and maximizing relationships with key external stakeholders, such as residents, other agencies, businesses and funders.

  • Developed partnerships that improve service delivery, address community challenges or strengthen operations
  • Demonstrate a commitment to creating healthy and vibrant communities
  • Engage with and mobilize stakeholders to get the job done
  • Foster the idea that we can achieve more together than individually
  • Effectively manage conflict and balance competing interests
  • Promote and celebrate diversity
  • Develop partnerships that are innovative, mutually beneficial and sustainable

Team awards:

This award recognizes teams that demonstrate commitment to success through excellent and consistent performance.

  • Support the active participation of each and every team member towards the achievement of common goals
  • Demonstrate the basic principles of teamwork
  • Make a significant contribution to their agency or the clients they serve
  • Implement projects that improve their organization or community such as increasing revenue, reducing costs or improving service
  • Increase efficiency, accuracy or productivity of a department or across the agency
  • Put the team’s objective ahead of individual personal gain
  • Champion their cause at all times, both internally and externally
  • Actively support other teams and projects in the agency

*Winners of the Team Achievement award are required to use their award for professional development. The type and focus of this development is to be determined by the team and must include all members.

The Bhayana Awards are open to all permanent or contract frontline agency staff working at least 20 hours per week at agencies supported by United Way Greater Toronto.

Eligibility of nominees:

  • All categories of individual and team awards are open exclusively to frontline staff and middle managers
  • Teams must consist of two to 12 members. Nominations for cross-organizational teams are encouraged
  • Achievements must occur between January 2017 and January 2019
  • The nominee must have worked at the agency since January 2017 and must still be employed there at the time of nomination
  • Previous award winners cannot be nominated
  • An individual cannot be nominated or considered by the selection panel in multiple categories

To nominate:

  • You must be a peer and/or supervisor of the nominee, but nominations from senior management and executive directors are not accepted
  • No self nominations or nominations of family members are accepted
  • Nominations must be submitted with input from two peers or colleagues

All information provided will be verified by contacting the nominee’s supervisor.

Selection Process

  • All nominations will be reviewed by a selection panel made up of United Way volunteers and agency staff
  • Only fully completed applications that meet the eligibility and nomination criteria will be considered by the selection panel
  • United Way staff will contact the recipients to confirm their acceptance

Nominators and nominees are invited to attend a special event in Fall 2019 to celebrate the winners. In addition to a monetary award, winners will also receive a certificate of recognition.

If you require any accommodations, or have an award-related inquiry, please contact awards@uwgt.org.

United Way Greater Toronto reserves the right to use all information provided to further promote the work of UWGT and the agencies it supports.

2017 Bhayana Family Foundation Award winners

The commitment, leadership and creativity shown by non-profit community agencies and their employees is essential to advancing the common good, building community and neighbourhoods, and strengthening our region. The Bhayana Family Foundation Awards celebrate the efforts of frontline workers who are committed to tackling the #UNIGNORABLE issues we face as a community.

The Awards are made possible by a generous donation from Madan and Raksha M. Bhayana and the Bhayana Family Foundation. As a former member of United Way Toronto’s Board of Trustees, Raksha is a dedicated community volunteer and a passionate champion for the recognition of those who make a difference in our community every day.

On behalf of the United Way family, we would like to express our admiration and gratitude to Madan and Raksha and the Bhayana Family Foundation.

Meet the recipients of this year's Bhayana Family Foundation Awards and learn about their remarkable work in the community.