The Linda Buchanan Award
Do you know someone who has made a difference?
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.
Nominations are now closed.
Photo: Kathy Magee (left) with presenter Lola Dubé-Quibell
Kathy has been working in the volunteer management sector for over 40 years with 10 years being involved with PAVRO. She is a powerhouse of knowledge and has provided leadership, mentoring, and training in a multitude of capacities. She is greatly respected by her colleagues and the community she serves.
As a leader in the field, Kathy was Chairperson of the City of Ottawa Recreation, Culture, and Facilities Services for four conferences. She delivered volunteer management training to 300+ staff per year at the City of Ottawa. In addition, she developed the City of Ottawa Volunteer Management Policy and the Emergency Volunteer Management Policy.
Embracing the community to work together to make an extraordinary difference is another success Kathy has under her portfolio. She was the Chair of Sharing Our Strengths Conference for two years. She mentored 200 cooperative placement students. In addition, she was a speaker that the United Way conference for 3 years.
She has received numerous awards including the City Managers Award for Excellence in Internal Focused Service Delivery which represents leading initiatives that set high standards for service by going beyond expectations of normal job requirements to meet the needs of management, staff, volunteers, community partners and residents. In addition, Kathy was the Volunteer Management Lead for the 2009 JUNO awards, 2017 Flood Relief Team, and 2018 Tornado Relief Team for the City of Ottawa.
Kathy is a recognized leader in the field as she was the 2009 PAVRO Conference Chairperson. Her influence on the profession includes being the Board President and Vice President for 7 years with the Ottawa Administrator. In addition, she was the Vice President and Education Lead for the Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada for 6 years. Kathy has written articles for the Canadian Journal for Volunteer Management, Scouts Canada, and various newsletters, and blogs.
|1999||Linda Buchanan||2004||Alison Caird||2017||Erin Spink|
|1992||Marg Warriner||2005||Joan Cox||2018||Lorraine McGrattan|
|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|