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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.

Nominations deadline Friday, March 27th 2020.

  Nomination Form 

Join us in congratulating the recipient of the 2019 Linda Buchanan Award - Kathy Magee  

Photo: Kathy Magee (left) with presenter Lola DubĂ©-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. 

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    
1995 Nan Einarson 2008 Emanuela Gennaccaro Ducharme    
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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