“Volunteering gives you opportunities and gives opportunities to the community and people around you. It’s just a wonderful thing to do.”
Madlol has been volunteering in the community of London since he was in Grade 4. Putting in work at different organizations like the Boys and Girls Club and the Cross Cultural Learning Centre, Madlol explains why he volunteers.
“I gain more out of it then what I put in because it’s such a rewarding feeling. If you invest time in your community, you feel the love that comes from it and you feel like you’re a part of something much bigger than yourself.”
“I love volunteering. I can’t imagine spending a Sunday morning without spending it at the Boys and Girls Club or a Sunday morning without having something to do. It’s a good use of your time, and it makes you feel good.”
Complete list of award winners:
Community Leadership- Mustfah Madlol
Other nominees included: Jefferey Robb and Marie Fielder
Community Innovation- Grand Theatre’s 100 Schools Project
London’s Grand Theatre is Canada’s first professional theatre company to offer free and professional in school theatre programs to over 30-thousand students, so that a wide range of students could get the opportunity to experience the arts.
Other nominees included: Here for Her and School within a School Program, Thames Valley District School Board
Community Impact- Liberal Arts 101 at King’s College-Western University
Students come with diverse backgrounds and abilities. That’s why Kings College offers Liberal Arts 101, a free 7-week lecture series that gives opportunity for all to have an education. King’s believes everyone deserves the chance to contribute and engage with their community.
Other nominees included: Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario and My Sister’s Place-CMHA Middlesex
Community Choice (online vote)- Jefferey Robb
Jefferey Robb is a pharmacists and Owner of Turner Drug Store. Celebrating 80 years in business, Robb employs a wide range of Londoners including students, new Canadians and those with disabilities-often working with Community Living London and a variety of London organizations. Robb sees value and skills in all people.
Community Collaboration- London’s Temporary Overdose Prevention Site
Other nominees included: Junior Achievement-Lawrence Kinlin School of Business and London Suicide Prevention Council
London’s drug-related crisis has been supported over the last year by the Temporary Overdoes Prevention Site. TOPS has supported 3-thousand 2-hundred and 34 client visits.
WATCH: TOPS acceptance speech for Community Collaboration
— Sarah McCarthy (@sarahsnews98) November 23, 2018
The Pillar Community Innovation awards continue to grow, seeing an increase in attendance and a 54% increase of nominations. It’s a time that Londoners come together, celebrate one another, and honor our dedicated community builders for their efforts and projects throughout the year.