Civic Volunteer

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Recognizes those who excel at volunteering to make Vancouver a better place to live, work, and play. Nominees need to volunteer on a City board, agency, or committee, or with a group that gets funding from the City.

2018 recipients

Nushaiba Nanjiba

Individual youth category

Nushaiba Nanjiba embodies what it means to be a youth leader and role model for her peers and young children. In fact, most adults who are familiar with what she does are in awe of her work ethic, dedication to the children she mentors, and commitment to making her community a better place.

As a Grade 11 International Baccalaureate student at Britannia Secondary School, Nushaiba maintains high grades, is involved in school extra-curriculars, and contributes at least eight hours per week to volunteer programs in her community which promote diversity, inclusion, and empowerment for children and youth in East Vancouver. She is also a member of the LEO Club, the youth branch of the Lions Club.

Through programs like Girls+ Got Game and Skater Girls+ Nushaiba helps young girls gain confidence and learn important skills. She is also the creator of Cook It Up! a program that teaches cooking, kitchen safety and life skills to children, and she genuinely enjoys the time she spends with her young protégés.

Through Nushaiba’s involvement in all manner of community activities she is a wonderful ambassador for youth and an inspiring example of how young people can make a difference in their communities.

Lillian Howard

Individual category

Bringing people together to create understanding and foster inclusion is something Lillian Howard has been doing for many decades as a tireless advocate for social justice and healing in Vancouver.

She is a proud member of the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nation and of Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wak and Tlingit ancestry, who has made a difference in the lives of many by creating opportunities for their voices to be heard and stories to be told.

Lillian has served as co-chair of the City of Vancouver’s Urban Indigenous Peoples’ Advisory Committee since its inception in 2011, co-chair and founder of the Uplifting Indigenous Families Fund with Vancity Credit Union, and has dedicated countless volunteer hours to many other community and grassroots organizations.

She has been instrumental in ensuring issues that are important to Indigenous peoples receive the hearing, engagement, and consultation they deserve. 

Reconciliation discussions and the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls are particularly important to Lillian. She was instrumental in the City of Vancouver’s Year of Reconciliation (June 2013-2014), and counts among her recent achievements: a city hosted gathering of over 50 organizations to develop a work plan to support Indigenous families and survivors at the National Inquiry in Vancouver, the 2017 Gathering of Canoes, The Drum is Calling Festival, and the Walk for Reconciliation event.

West End – Coal Harbour Community Policing Centre

Organization category

Thanks to the thousands of volunteer hours contributed by engaged members of the community, the West End - Coal Harbour Community Policing Centre (WECHCPC) is helping to reduce street crime and disorder, and increase personal safety in its neighbourhoods.

The WECHCPC helps thousands of individuals and businesses live free from fear and lead productive, active lives by engaging community members to take an active role in their community’s safety and contribute to Vancouver being Canada’s safest large city.

Volunteers participate in community patrols, graffiti removal, community clean-ups, ongoing outreach, and community events while the West End Coal Harbour Community Policing Centre serves as a community hub.

With a spirit of collaboration and genuine interest in making their community better, the staff and volunteers work with other community members to play an active role in community safety. 

In 2017 alone, over 170 volunteers provided in excess of 1200 hours of community outreach in addition to over 3300 victim assistance hours, and over 1900 foot/bike patrol hours; a clear testament to the organization’s belief that an active community is a safe community!

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