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Bhayana Family Foundation Awards

The Bhayana Family Foundation Awards recognize frontline heroes of United Way Greater Toronto’s network of social service agencies – the people who worked flat-out to meet urgent needs in our communities during the unprecedented crisis of the pandemic. Individuals and teams are awarded for their extraordinary efforts, specifically dedication, innovation & creativity, leadership, partnership and teamwork. 

The 2022 award winners are:

Individual Awards

Dedication: $3,000

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. 

Amanda Hadida 
WoodGreen Community Services 
Andrea Desa-Mondano  
Youth Without Shelter 
Shashi Parth  
Punjabi Community Health Services

Innovation & Creativity: $3,000

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

Juno Zavitz  
Breakaway Community Services
Tejal Solanki  

Leadership: $3,000

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

Deborah Jules  
Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre
Junior Taylor 
ACCES Employment 
Lori MacLeod  
Yellow Brick House 

Partnership: $3,000

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. 

Jules Montgomery  
The Neighbourhood Group
Madhuri Payidiparty  
Volunteer MBC 

Team Awards

Team Achievement: $7,000* 

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

Ensuring Service Continuity to Vulnerable Adults Team  

Creating Alternatives 

Jessica NoftleLilanie Soriano Lina Melchiorre Maria Bove 
Maria Rea Rachel Perricciolo Sabrina De Freitas Vicki Douangphachanh 

Food Systems Initiative Frontline Team

East Scarborough Storefront 

Clarence SnowDesrene ColeKrystyne Gunnis 

Rural Employment Initiative Team

Newcomer Centre of Peel 

Manjula Gopal Neil Harris Tetyana Maksymenko 

The Collective

Times Change Women’s Employment Service 

Cynthia Downey Karen Hoffmann-Zak Kary McIntosh Shiva Maleki 
Song Sha 

Culturally Competent Recovery College Team

Hong Fook Mental Health Association 

Alan LamCecilia YungCici HoClara Lee
Derek DuElsa ChuEmillie NguyenErica Wan
Hearan JinJade ZhangJason WongJohn Huang
Joseph ShanJulia MoKatie ChenKim Nguyen
Kitty WongKyeong Won TackLinda WenLiping Peng
Mei CaiMichael WongMony MokMoshe Sakal
Na Young SuhQuoc TruongRita NoSandy Koo
Sauwai CheungSha Sha ShenSoyeon KangSunny Siu
Tweety YuenVan TruongVicky LiuZita Long

* 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 2022 Bhayana Awards Winners

Meet the recipients of the 2022 Bhayana Family Foundation Awards and learn about their remarkable work in the community.

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