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The 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 engagement. 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.

The winner of each year's Award will serve on the Awards Selection Committee for the following year.

The 2022 nominations open Tuesday, September 6th and close Friday, September 30th. 

Linda Buchanan Award Nomination Form 

Join us in congratulating the recipient of the 2021 Linda Buchanan Award - Adriane Beaudry!  

She’s a leader, a strategist and an advocate. 

Adriane has been involved in the Volunteer Engagement field for a long time. And her impact will be felt by those in the field for even longer. 

She has created successful partnerships through consultative collaborations, at the provincial and national level, and through strategic partnerships that she helped design to meet organizational goals. 

She has served as the Education Committee Lead, then Chair and Past Chair of Peel Volunteer Administrators Network. At PVAN, she led the development of multi-year planning to continue the enhancement of volunteer engagement professionals throughout Peel. Adriane served as Secretary, Vice President, President, then Past President of PAVRO. Adriane continues to serve as a volunteer for PAVRO, most recently on the 2020-2021 Advocacy Working Group. Adriane brought her passion for advocacy for the sector and expertise to working group conversations. She also co-developed the PAVRO Town Hall presentation in October of 2020. 

For over 15 years, she has been the Volunteer Engagement Lead for Achilles Cub of Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day 5km run/walk. Achilles volunteers accompany disabled runners during races, sharing their sight and hearing, and guiding and motivating, too! Adriane’s leadership, organizational skills, and passion for making running more accessible are critical to volunteer engagement success for the Achilles Club of Toronto. 

Adriane has also been a regular contributor to Non Profit MarCommunity bringing her volunteer engagement expertise to non-profit marketing and communications professionals.

And, she started a brand new job, in healthcare, in the middle of the pandemic. 

In our industry, she seems to have done it all.

Past recipients of the Linda Buchanan Award

1991 Linda Buchanan 2004 Alison Caird 2017 Erin Spink
1992 Marg Warriner 2005 Joan Cox  2018 Lorraine McGrattan 
1993 Lorraine Pollock 2006 Syrelle Bernstein  2019  Kathy Magee
1994 Carissa Urquhart 2007 Not awarded  2020  Charmaine Cades
1995 Nan Einarson 2008 Emanuela Gennaccaro Ducharme  2021  Adriane Beaudry
1996 Magda Rigo 2009 Anna Grenier    
1997 Marilyn 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    

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