M-B Family Spirit Awards — Building A Better United Way Award
On June 21, 2013 we announced the recipients for this year’s employee nominated recognition program for United Way Toronto, the M-B Family Spirit Awards. This program is made possible by the generous donation from Raksha Bhayana, a former member of our Board of Trustees.
There are three levels of awards within The M-B Family Spirit Awards Program. The Building a Better United Way Toronto 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
Core SPARK Team
The core team worked tirelessly for more than two years to lead the design and implementation of SPARK which is United Way Toronto’s newly implemented internal constituent database software. Through this project, the team developed new business processes, provided their subject matter expertise, engaged their departments in design sessions, took their team through literally hundreds of test cases, led change management efforts and provided leadership during training. SPARK touches every department and the core team worked cross organizationally at all levels and departments to ensure an inclusive approach. They are champions, ambassadors and change agents who conceptualized new ways of working and helped us embrace new systems and processes to ensure it would meet UWT’s current and future needs.
Charlene was selected for her work with The Measurement and Evaluation Action Plan (MEAP) which is United Way Toronto’s plan for evaluation and learning for the next few years. As a Senior Manager of Research, Public Policy and Evaluation, Charlene has been an active leader in this project which required extensive internal and external consultation, and research. This work occurred during a time of tremendous change and other significant demands. Throughout it all, Charlene was able to stay on track, make everyone involved feel heard and deliver successful and high quality results. Charlene is never flustered by challenges or obstacles and is always calm, professional, patient and above all, good humoured.
Rhonda was selected for her work in leading the redesign of United Way Toronto’s agency review process. In her role as a Program Team Lead, Member Agencies, Rhonda led this enormously complex project which required significant cross-organizational work, communication and relationship building with agencies, volunteers and other funders. Throughout the life of the project, Rhonda was accessible to all, supportive of the diversity of needs and opinions and was able to think big picture. As a leader, Rhonda possess humility and her strength lies in asking questions, bringing others to the table and engaging others based on their skills to ensure the best possible outcome. She always strives for equity and fairness within teams and takes the time to acknowledge the contributions of others.