Community Impact Sector Day of Recognition honours the nonprofit sector

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May 2022

The Community Impact Sector Day of Recognition, held in Nova Scotia on April 29, honoured the 20,000 people who work in the sector across Nova Scotia, and the hundreds of thousands of lives they impact each day. The event was co-led by IONS, the United Way, the Bhayana Family Foundation, and the Province of Nova Scotia. The event was hosted by Portia Clark from CBC’s Information Morning and included awards presentations, inspirational speeches, and live artistic performances. 

Annika Voltan is the executive director of IONS. She notes the often-invisible work of the Community Impact Sector represents some of the most important contributions to our province’s collective wellbeing and to our quality of life. “A passionate, highly-skilled workforce delivers essential programs and services to ensure that Nova Scotians have access to basic necessities and community support,” says Voltan. “Despite its impact, the sector is often overlooked and undervalued. Recognizing and celebrating this day is part of the larger approach in building momentum and transforming the narrative of the Community Impact Sector.”

Part of the celebration included 15 individuals and five organizations who were recognized with Invisible Champion Awards. These award winners have gone above and beyond for their community, demonstrating creativity, adaptability, tenacity and compassion. The award includes $1,000 for each winner to use for professional or personal development, to help them continue their great work.

Raksha M. Bhayana is CEO of the Bhayana Family Foundation, which founded the Invisible Champion Awards in partnership with United Way. This Foundation has advocated for provincial days of recognition for the sector and is working on the creation of a national day of recognition for Canada. “There needs to be more recognition and respect for the value the sector provides,” says Bhayana. “As a society we should appreciate those who help people as much as those who sell products and services. This day in Nova Scotia is a huge step forward.”

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