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The Linda Buchanan Award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of volunteer administration. It is named after Linda Buchanan, a visionary of human capacity and a pursuer of community improvement. Linda served as a Village Councillor in Port Stanley and was the first recipient of the award in 1991. She inspired those around her to reach new heights and helped individuals realize their potential in their own unique way. Linda was a family person, a mentor and a friend to many people. She was a professional and above all, she was proud to be herself in a most natural way.
Just a short seven years after Linda was awarded for her contribution to volunteer administration, she was taken away from us in a tragic car accident. Earlier on in that fateful day she had been kite-flying with a number of volunteers. The activity of kite-flying is a fitting example of Linda’s zest for life, optimism and vision for new heights. To commemorate her lasting legacy, PAVRO renamed the Outstanding Administrator Award in her honour and memory.
Nominations are invited each year from our membership - a colleague who deserves this special recognition, an administrator who has inspired and mentored, someone who has strengthened the volunteer force in their organization or community.
Over the past 20 years, Erin has been passionately involved as a volunteer, advocate, and employee in the social profit sector, working in volunteer engagement. She is the founder of spinktank, an innovative think tank on the profession of volunteer engagement.
Erin completed an Honours Sociology Degree, before receiving her Certificate with Distinction in Volunteer Program Management from Conestoga College. She later joined the faculty and has been an Instructor for the past eight years. In 2008, Erin completed an M.A. (Leadership), submitting a major research project which was the first-ever academic work to quantify the concept of “volunteer engagement.” Her work has been published in both Canadian and international journals. She was also fortunate to be selected as an Action Canada Fellow in 2010, one of only 17 young Canadians chosen.
Erin had the honour of serving on the Board of Directors for PAVRO (Professional Administrators of Volunteer Resources – Ontario) for five years, including two years as president. Erin has also taken the role as PAVRO Director Strategic Partnerships and has been participated as a mentor in the Mentorship Program for many years.
Join us in congratulating Erin Rebecca Spink as the well-deserved recipient of the Linda Buchanan Award this year!
|1991||Linda Buchanan||2004||Alison Caird|
|1992||Marg Warriner||2005||Joan Cox|
|1993||Lorraine Pollock||2006||Syrelle Bernstein|
|1994||Carissa Urquhart||2007||Not awarded|
|1995||Nan Einarson||2008||Emanuela Gennaccaro Ducharme|
|1996||Magda Rigo||2009||Anna Grenier|
|1998||Anthea Hoare||2011||Elizabeth Straiton|
|1999||Colin Thacker||2012||Lori Gotlieb|
|2000||Carol Anne Clarke||2013||Faiza Venzant|
|2001||Doug Miron||2014||Michael Fliess|
|2002||Beth Schroeder||2015||Loretta Turpin|
|2003||Andrea Cohen||2016||Kathleen Douglass|