12 finalists. 12 stories. Unlimited inspiration. Announcing the finalists of the 14th Annual Pillar Community Innovation Awards


LONDON, ONTARIO, August 26, 2020 – Once again, we will be sharing the stories of those who are inspiring us to create change in our community at the 14th Annual Pillar Community Innovation Awards. The selected finalists are examples of those who are making our community better and brighter.

The Pillar Community Innovation Awards celebrates individuals, organizations and enterprises investing in positive community impact in the categories of Innovation, Leadership, Impact, Collaboration and Community Choice. Join us by recognizing exceptional work in these areas. The three finalists in each category of Innovation, Leadership, Impact and Collaboration are:

Community Innovation

  • Beecuz (Innovative mental health education and training for youth)
  • The Raw Carrot Soup Enterprise (Social franchise employing individuals living with disabilities)
  • The Atrium Project (Online and phone-based volunteer matching service supporting vulnerable populations) 

Community Leadership

  • Dustin Carter (Community paramedicine - enhancing mental health, addictions and physical health services)
  • Mandi Fields (Volunteer and community organizer - Menstrual equality, anti-bullying, Indigenous community allyship and support)
  • Arielle Kayabaga (Civic leader - diversity equity and inclusion advocate, champion for underserved communities)

 Community Impact

  • Andrew's Legacy (Education and action surrounding sudden cardiac arrest and life saving benefits of Automated External Defibrillators)
  • Dribbling Down Barriers (Basketball training program that uses basketball as a platform to promote diversity and inclusion)
  • My Sister's Place Sustainability Committee (Volunteer group that ensures the financial viability of the organization to support London’s most vulnerable women)

Community Collaboration

  • Community Food Box (Providing accessible, affordable nutritious food to underserved Londoners)
  • Free Rides for Essential Workers (Providing free, reliable and safe transportation to low-income essential workers)
  • London for All (Large multi-stakeholder community plan to end poverty in a generation)

For more about our finalists visit: https://pillarnonprofit.ca/communityinnovationawards

The Pillar Community Innovation Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 19th, 2020 on our virtual event platform. Award recipients will receive $2,000 to be directed to the registered charity of their choice and will be presented with a custom-designed award, accompanied by their names engraved on the perpetual plaque in the Hudson’s Bay Passageway at the London Central Library.

Those interested in attending the event, can purchase tickets at https://pcia2020.eventbrite.ca.

Thank you to our Platinum sponsor for the event, Libro Credit Union, and to our Award sponsors 3M, Rogers TV, Canada Life and FM96/AM980/Fresh103.1/Country104. 

About Pillar Nonprofit Network:

Pillar Nonprofit Network strengthens individuals, organizations and enterprises invested in positive community impact. We support more than 610 nonprofits, social enterprises and social innovators by sharing resources, exchanging knowledge and creating meaningful connections across the three pillars of nonprofit, business and government. Pillar Nonprofit Network believes that a connected network sparks collaboration and a willingness to lean on each other to help build an engaged, inclusive and vibrant community.

Media Contact:

Maria Luisa Contursi, Director of Network and Engagement

Pillar Nonprofit Network, 201 King St., London, ON, N6A 1C9

communications@pillarnonprofit.ca - Cell 519-672-6018

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