Victoria Community Leadership Award: Kim Cummins
Our Program Coordinator, Kim Cummins, received a Victoria Community Leadership Award at a ceremony at Government House on March 2, 2017. The Leadership Victoria awards recognize excellence and accomplishment in community leadership.
The nominations were submitted by the public, for local leaders who have:
- driven or strongly influenced a change or improvement that has led to a significant positive impact for the Greater Victoria community;
- made something different or better;
- brought people together from different backgrounds or points of view, to work towards a shared vision;
- demonstrated that they are motivated by a strong set of values – including personal integrity – that inspires others.
Kim brings passion and great vision to her work at the Shelbourne Community Kitchen. Receiving a Victoria Community Leadership Award was a well deserved honour.
Read more about The Victoria Community Leadership Award here.
Volunteer Victoria Certificate of Recognition: Kim Cummins
Volunteer Victoria presented Program Coordinator Kim Cummins with a Certificate of Recognition at the society`s AGM on Tuesday, June 20th, for her outstanding work with clients from Volunteer Victoria’s Access Program (program described below).
“As volunteering can be an important step in any recovery process, the Volunteer Access Program focuses on inclusion and supports for individuals who face mental health or substance use challenges. Volunteering can help you:
· Build new skills
· Gain valuable work experience
· Become active in your community
· Obtain job references
· Connect with people
· Gain confidence
Volunteer Access provides the one-to-one supports and tools that people need when making that important first step towards volunteering or moving into new volunteer positions.”, from the Volunteer Victoria website (I Want to Volunteer tab, Volunteer Access Program, 2017).
Lisa Mort-Putland, Executive Director of Volunteer Victoria, explained that Volunteer Victoria recognizes 2 or 3 people who coordinate volunteers each year. They work with hundreds of organizations, and Kim stands out as someone who goes above and beyond. In Lisa’s own words “She is truly accepting and welcoming of folks on different life paths.”
Lisa also noted that Volunteer Victoria staff members are hearing the Shelbourne Community Kitchen is a “great place”!
We know about Kim’s excellent work first hand, and how her commitment to cultivating a welcoming and respectful environment strengthens the community at the Kitchen. It’s wonderful that others see this as well. Congratulations, Kim!