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The Young Leader Award

The PAVRO Young Leader Award was created to recognize and encourage excellence in the up and coming generation of leaders within the Volunteer Engagement profession. It acknowledges a professional, aged 35 years and younger (age 35 within calendar year award is presented) who is working directly in the profession and has demonstrated leadership and excellence in Volunteer Engagement either within their organization and/or accomplishments within the professional body (by certifying, volunteering, contributing articles, research or submissions to projects such as the Marilyn Mackenzie Innovation Pilots, etc.).

The successful recipient will receive a $100 credit towards PAVRO activities or events (Conference, workshop or membership) and a personal letter will be sent to the recipient’s supervisor to inform them of the award.

Nominations Now Closed.  Nomination Form 


Congratulations to the 2019 recipient - Aloha Cruz


Photo:  Susan Melnick (left) presenting award to Aloha Cruz.

Aloha has been working at the YMCA of Greater Toronto since 2009 and is truly making an impact.  As the Volunteer Partnership Support Coordinator, she provides guidance and support to over 70 Volunteer Coordinators throughout the greater Toronto area, manages corporate volunteer activities, and coordinates local, provincial, and national volunteer awards in order to increase profile of volunteers and increase volunteer engagement. 

Her influence on the profession is extensive as she holds two positions with SAVA (Scarborough Association of Volunteer Administrators) which include Education Chair & President.  She was also a Youth Leader with Volunteer Toronto where she planned monthly meetings for Scarborough’s Youth Audit Team and coordinated guest speakers for youth professional development.  For SAVA, she has increased membership, encouraged members to join the Executive Board and promotes PAVRO.

Past Winners of the Young Leader Award      

Year  Name of Winner 
 2018  Amy Nazarewich
 2017 Samantha Chivers
 2016 Erin Schneider
 2015 Shane Joseph
 2014 Veronica Deally
 2014  Rachel Murphy
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