The Bhayana and Agency Awards:
Celebrating Outstanding Social Impact

Nominations are open for the 2020 Bhayana and United Way Agency Appreciation Awards!

This year’s virtual event will take place May 6, 2021 (7:45am – 9:00am MST)

Every day, agencies and community leaders support our most vulnerable people and our communities to ensure that no one is left behind. Let’s take the time to recognize the initiatives, organizations, and staff for the work they do.

Whether it’s creating partnerships, generating innovative solutions for inclusive environments, or supporting initiatives focused on mental health, poverty reduction, or basic needs, you’re there to strengthen our communities.

Nominations will be accepted until 5pm on April 1, 2021. All nominations that meet eligibility criteria will be reviewed by a cross-functional panel, which will include volunteers from United Way’s GAIN Team.

“We’re looking forward to May 6 to celebrate the remarkable individuals and agencies who support this community through important and critical work.”

Karen Young

2020 Bhayana Awards Nomination Forms

The Bhayana Family Foundation Awards are made possible by a generous donation from Raksha M. Bhayana and the Bhayana Family Foundation. As a former member of United Way Toronto’s Board of Trustees, Raksha is a dedicated community volunteer and a passionate champion for the recognition of staff who make a difference in the community every day.

We recognize the value of our frontline workers, especially those who have who have done so much for others over this past unprecedented year. To thank and celebrate these individuals who have shown their dedication to our community, the Bhayana Awards are cash awards which can be used however the recipient would like.

Click on the drop-downs below to learn more about each award and to nominate an exceptional peer. Submissions are due by 5pm MST on April 1, 2021.

Bhayana Awards Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to all full-time and part-time agency staff who work at least 20 hours a week at agencies funded by United Way of Calgary and Area, including multi-year funded agencies, initiatives and collaboratives, and area community partnerships.
  • Nominations must be for achievements and activities for the period of January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020
  • These must be peer-to-peer nominations, with a focus on front-line workers 
  • An agency can only nominate one individual or team per category
  • Nominations must be submitted by two colleagues of the nominee(s)
  • An individual or team cannot be nominated in multiple categories
  • Family members cannot be nominated
  • Nominations will be accepted until 5pm MST on April 1, 2021

General category (1 award)  |  COVID-19 category (1 award)

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward individual employees and/or teams who demonstrate exemplary partnership, collaboration and/or connection in their front-line work.

Over the past year, ideal candidates have accomplished or demonstrated at least one of the following:

  • Dedication to working with other communities, organizations, and/or staff to provide holistic, coordinated service that benefits Calgarians
  • Implementing creative and innovative approaches to partnership, collaboration and/or connection
  • Working with others to promote, implement, and adjust solutions to changing situations
  • Fostering cross-organizational and/or cross-sectoral teamwork that benefits Calgarians

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Please submit the completed form
  2. Optional – Nominators are welcome to provide a voice or video recorded submission, in addition to this form, in a Windows Media compatible file format to nominations@calgaryunitedway.org
  • Nominee

  • Nominator

General category (1 award) | COVID-19 category (1 award)

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward individual employees and/or teams who demonstrate dedication to community building. One recipient will be highlighted for their community building in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past year, ideal candidates have accomplished or demonstrated at least one of the following:

  • Dedication to asset-based resident approaches
  • Contributing to creative and innovate approaches in community development
  • Demonstrating strong relationship building abilities
  • Empowering others and building capacity
  • Promoting and celebrating diversity, equity, and meaningful inclusion

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Please submit the completed form
  2. Optional – Nominators are welcome to provide a voice or video recorded submission, in addition to this form, in a Windows Media compatible file format to nominations@calgaryunitedway.org
  • Nominee

  • Nominator

General category (1 award) | COVID-19 category (1 award)

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward individual employees and/or teams who demonstrate commitment to placing people at the heart of their work. One recipient will be highlighted for their person-centered practice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past year, ideal candidates have accomplished demonstrated at least one of the following:

  • Achieving impactful results with individuals or families served
  • Advancing improvements in client journey
  • Leading in innovative client-centred approaches
  • Advancing improvements in client continuum of care

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Please submit the completed form
  2. Optional – Nominators are welcome to provide a voice or video recorded submission, in addition to this form, in a Windows Media compatible file format to nominations@calgaryunitedway.org
  • Nominee

  • Nominator

General category (1 award) | COVID-19 category (1 award)

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward individual employees and/or teams who demonstrate exemplary leadership in their front-line work. These leaders play an exceptional role in helping others contribute to their organization and advance its mission. These leaders may have introduced ideas, services or practices in new and imaginative ways, contributed innovative solutions to their organization, or made major improvements to agency operations or services provided. One recipient will be highlighted for their front-line innovative leadership in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past year, ideal candidates and /or teams have accomplished at least one of the following:

  • Demonstrated leadership in professional development and learning
  • Introducing ideas that increase revenue, reduce costs or improve service
  • Enhancing efficiency, accuracy or productivity in innovative ways
  • Contributing creative ideas to address issues within the scope of their job, department or organization
  • Introducing changes to simplify or improve existing processes
  • Challenging existing assumptions and think outside the box
  • Taking calculated risks in pursuit of continuous improvement

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Please submit the completed form
  2. Optional – Nominators are welcome to provide a voice or video recorded submission, in addition to this form, in a Windows Media compatible file format to nominations@calgaryunitedway.org
  • Nominee

  • Nominator

Above and Beyond Dedication in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic ($1,000, 1 award)

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward individual employees and/or teams who have demonstrated remarkable commitment and passion to their work and community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past year, ideal candidates have accomplished or demonstrated at least one of the following:

  • Inspiring those around them
  • Working to build resilience in their organization and/or community
  • Introducing and managing change in a transformational way
  • Serving as mentors, valued advisors, or sources of wisdom for others

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Please submit the completed form
  2. Optional – Nominators are welcome to provide a voice or video recorded submission, in addition to this form, in a Windows Media compatible file format to nominations@calgaryunitedway.org
  • Nominee

  • Nominator

2020 Agency Awards Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to all agencies funded by United Way of Calgary and Area, including multi-year funded agencies, initiatives and collaboratives, and area and community partnerships
  • Nominations must be for achievements and activities for the period of January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020
  • An agency can only nominate one initiative or program per category
  • An initiative or program cannot be nominated in multiple categories
  • Nominations will be accepted until 5pm MST on April 1, 2021

2020 Agency Awards Nomination Forms

Click on the drop-downs below to learn more about each award and to nominate an exceptional peer.

DESCRIPTION

Social Innovation: “Novel ideas that work to resolve social problems for the benefit of society, not for individuals alone.”

This award recognizes an initiative or agency that has implemented a socially innovative idea which led to a community or organizational change.

Initiatives and/or agencies nominated in this category have:

  • Used innovation processes to generate a novel product or solution (Creation)
  • Developed a clear innovative product (Development)
  • Describe how the innovative product is being used to address community, organizational, or system change (Adoption)
  • Demonstrate results and ultimate value of the innovation in relation to community, organizational, or system change (Value)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Please submit the completed form
  2. Optional – Nominators are welcome to provide a voice or video recorded submission, in addition to this form, in a Windows Media compatible file format to nominations@calgaryunitedway.org
  • Nominee

  • Nominator

DESCRIPTION

The community we live in impacts the kinds of chances we have in life. Research shows living in neighbourhoods with high levels of poverty can negatively impact life expectancy, physical and mental health, early childhood development, and overall quality of life. This award recognizes agencies and initiatives that exemplify a strong commitment to mobilize community members in addressing the issues that matter to them.

Agencies or initiatives nominated in this category may have demonstrated:

  • Leadership – Has demonstrated the ability to move forward with programs that strengthen communities
  • Dedication – Has shown a high level of commitment to the community and community members
  • Engagement – Has actively worked with community members to mobilize communities
  • Design – Has reoriented their programs and services to include and involve community members in all aspects of design, delivery, and evaluation
  • Impact – Has demonstrable impact on the improvement and thriving of communities

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Please submit the completed form
  2. Optional – Nominators are welcome to provide a voice or video recorded submission, in addition to this form, in a Windows Media compatible file format to nominations@calgaryunitedway.org
  • Nominee

  • Nominator

DESCRIPTION

This award recognizes agencies and intiatives which exemplify a commitment to support the Indigenous community and build awareness to both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community through their services. Eligible candidates will demonstrate an internal policy or intentional actions to actively include Indigenous peoples; implement inclusion and consultation practices of Indigenous peoples in service design, cultural practices, and governance; and include knowledge and awareness of intergenerational trauma, healing, and reconciliation.

Agencies and initiatives nominated in this category may have:

      • An internal policy to actively include Indigenous peoples (supply a copy) beyond a general diversity policy
      • Included and consulted Indigenous peoples in the planning and delivery of programs
      • Included Indigenous cultural practices and knowledge as part of staff development, program design and implementation and to the community at large
      • Included Indigenous people, their worldviews, and practices in both programs and governance
      • Incorporated knowledge and/or awareness on the topic of intergenerational trauma, healing and reconciliation in their programs, or approaches to working in the community
      • Shared their learning with other agencies or groups, and learned from others about Indigenous cultures, issues, and strategies to engage in continuous improvement through learning

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Please submit the completed form
  2. Optional – Nominators are welcome to provide a voice or video recorded submission, in addition to this form, in a Windows Media compatible file format to nominations@calgaryunitedway.org
  • Nominee

  • Nominator

DESCRIPTION

This award recognizes significant partnerships between and among community agencies, community groups, government, businesses, and/or citizens to address and alleviate complex social problems that can’t be solved by one sector or organization alone in order to achieve large-scale, lasting social change. Eligible candidates will have identified a community issue and partnered with others to address the issue through service delivery, influencing systems and policy change, developing collaborative approaches that strengthen the network and capacity of non-profits and/or citizens, achieving outcomes that would not be possible alone.

An initiative which has developed significant partnerships with community agencies, community groups, government, businesses and/or Citizens to address and alleviate complex social problems that can’t be solved by one sector or organization alone in order to achieve large-scale, lasting social change.

Initiatives nominated in this category may have:

  • Along with others identified a community gap issue that is not being addressed
  • Worked with other organizations towards influencing systems and policy change at sector, municipal, and provincial government levels
  • Developed a project that requires multiple groups to work in partnership to strengthen the network and capacity of non-profit community services and or citizens
  • Achieved outcomes that would not have been possible without widespread partnership/collaboration

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Please submit the completed form
  2. Optional – Nominators are welcome to provide a voice or video recorded submission, in addition to this form, in a Windows Media compatible file format to nominations@calgaryunitedway.org
  • Nominee

  • Nominator

Submit your nominations by 5pm MST, April 1, 2021.

The 2020 Bhayana and United Way Agency Appreciation Awards will take place virtually on May 6 at 7:45am MST. 

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