Victoria region’s top leaders honoured

Nine receive Victoria Leadership awards at gala event

University of Victoria professor Andrew Weaver speaks after being announced as the co-winner of the UVic Community Leadership Award at the Victoria Leadership Awards in the Fairmont Empress Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom. Weaver shared the award with colleague Mary Ellen Purkis.

University of Victoria professor Andrew Weaver speaks after being announced as the co-winner of the UVic Community Leadership Award at the Victoria Leadership Awards in the Fairmont Empress Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom. Weaver shared the award with colleague Mary Ellen Purkis.

Nine individuals and one organization were honoured at the annual Victoria Leadership Awards ceremony Tuesday for their volunteerism, dedication and achievement.

Among them, some familiar household names.

Former Oak Bay mayor Christopher Causton was selected by Rotary for his work at the Capital Regional District, during which time he helped to bring about the popular Park’s Levy and E&N Rail Trail.

Climate scientist Andrew Weaver took home a University of Victoria award. The professor at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences has been a lead author for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ongoing scientific assessments.

Kathy Stinson, executive director of Victoria Cool Aid Society, was honoured by the United Way of Greater Victoria. Stinson led the creation of the Access Health Centre, and participates in the Coalition the End Homelessness and Downtown Service Providers.

Leanna Hill won the Vancity Youth Award for her work as youth program co-ordinator with Volunteer Victoria. She co-authored UNESCO’s Youth Engagement in National Commissions Toolkit, used internationally as a model of youth engagement.

Other award recipients are: Mary Ellen Purkis, Bruce Williams, Jeannette Hughes, Sherry LeBlanc and the Pacific Centre Family Services Association.

Earlier this month, Naz Rayani was announced as the winner of the lifetime achievement award.