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Linda Buchanan Award


Do you know someone who has made a difference?

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

Nominations are due May 5, 2017.

Congratulations to our 2016 winner

Kathleen Douglass


  • Kathleen holds a certificate in the Fundamentals of Volunteer Management program from Humber College.  As well, she was an instructor in Advanced Practices steam of the Volunteer Management program.
  • Kathleen holds an MBC, Strategic Leadership Certificate, Voluntary Sector and Arts Diploma.  For ongoing professional development and education, she regularly takes leadership courses throught the Canadian Society of Associaion Executives (CSAE), leasership, governance and not-for-profit sector courses every year and of course attends and instructs at PAVRO conferences.
  • She is currently studing Spanish, Science of Happiness through Berkley, and just finished her Foundations of Western Civilization course.
  • Kathleen has been involved with PAVRO since its inception as a regional representative in 1999. She was on the board until 2006 and was co-chair of the conference. She stepped off the board for several years but rejoined in 2011 as Vice President which then led to her becoming President and currently the most recent Past President. 
  • A consummate professional, Kathleen always leads by example, striving to implement best practices and supporting those around her to strive for the best as well. She encourages others to join the events and causes that she’s involved in. 
  • Join me in congratulating Kathleen Douglass 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