Wednesday, January 20, 2010

2010 Innovative Community Capacity Building Awards

On January 13, Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) was honoured with two awards for innovation in Community Capacity Building. Through the Community Capacity Building awards, the Canadian Cancer Society recognizes non-profit organizations' efforts to build the viability of BC communities.

CNH Youth Prevention Education Coordinator Kelley Wong accepted an award on behalf of the I Can Choose, We Can Choose program. This program fosters peer-to-peer mentoring and prevention strategies around the challenges faced by youth in our community. Working closely with students from the Windermere Family of Schools, I Can Choose, We Can Choose addresses eating disorders, sexual violence and exploitation, sexually transmitted infections, gang involvement, substance misuse, and many other issues.

Stephanie Lim accepted an award on behalf of the Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute, which is based at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Many thanks to Charito Gailing and Helen Yeung of Evergreen Community Health Centre for nominating the RC FSI. Thanks also to Shannon Rees and Nancy Reynolds for supporting this nomination.

Kelley and Stephanie are deeply honoured to receive these awards on behalf of our hardworking predecessors, our funders, and the wonderful contractors/staff, volunteers, and program participants who make our work possible. Our heartfelt thanks for your ongoing support and contributions; this acknowledgment truly belongs to you.

For more information and to see a complete list of award recipients, please visit The Canadian Cancer Society website.

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