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The Alison Caird Young Leader Award

In 2020 PAVRO renamed this award in honour of Alison Caird. Alison volunteered as a member of the PAVRO Board of Directors for several years and was formally recognized for her dedication and contribution as a recipient of the Linda Buchanan Award for Administrator of the Year in 2004 and the President's Award for exemplary leadership, innovation and fundraising in 2008. To learn more about Alison visit: PAVRO In Memoriam. 

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.

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

Nominations are  now open! Deadline to submit is Monday, October 18th, 2021

Alison Caird Young Leader Award


Congratulations to the 2020 recipient - Tessa Hettrick, CVA, CVRM

Tessa is currently the Volunteer Coordinator at City of Thunder Bay, 55 Plus Centre

She has demonstrated a commitment to leadership through roles with PAVRO, Leadership Thunder Bay, Easter Seals and the Thunder Bay Association of Volunteer Administrators. She has also demonstrated a commitment to excellence and professional development through both CVA and CVRM certification.

As a member of the Board of Directors at Leadership Thunder Bay she was the chair of the recruitment and selection committee. She served for two years on the PAVRO Board as Secretary and was involved with various leadership roles with the Thunder Bay Association of Volunteer Administrators including multiple terms as President from 2012 - 2016. Currently she is serving as Footsteps Family Centre – Vice Chair

Tessa has demonstrated a strong commitment to the Volunteer Engagement profession.  She has led programs and worked with volunteers at Easter Seals, Leadership Thunder Bay, City of Thunder Bay, Volunteer Thunder Bay, Shelter House and St. John Ambulance demonstrating a commitment to ensuring volunteers are well trained and engaged in their roles. She has also developed and implemented several key events for the Thunder Bay region.

Past Winners of the Young Leader Award      

Year  Name of Winner 
 2020Tessa Hettrick
 2019 Aloha Cruz
 2018 Amy Nazarewich
 2017 Samantha Chivers
 2016 Erin Schneider
 2015 Shane Joseph
 2014 Veronica Deally
 2014 Rachel Murphy
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