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Linda Buchanan Award


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Linda Buchanan

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.

Nominate someone you know for the Linda Buchanan Award.

PDF version of Linda Buchanan application

Congratulations to our 2017 winner

Erin Rebecca Spink


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!

Past recipients of the Linda Buchanan Award

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
1997 MacKenzie 2010 Karen Sacke
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