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Volunteer Impact Awards
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A large Laurier presence at this year’s third annual Volunteer Impact Awards helped to celebrate and acknowledge our university’s dedication to volunteerism. The awards ceremony, hosted by the Kitchener-Waterloo Volunteer Action Centre in June, honoured inspiring individuals, organizations and businesses that have made impressive local contributions to the voluntary sector.
The ceremony’s highest honour was presented to a Laurier-nominated volunteer, Robert (Bob) Astley. The former chairman of the Laurier board of governors was presented with the Volunteer Impact Award for his extraordinary passion, leadership and commitment to giving back. Astley and his wife Judy have been longstanding Laurier patrons.
Meanwhile, nine Laurier School of Business & Economics students were named as finalists in the Innovative Involvement award category. The students’ Five Days for the Homeless Project was deemed one of the year’s most innovative and creative ways to successfully engage volunteers.
Also recognized at the event was Heffner Lexus Toyota. Well-known for their outstanding community leadership, John and Willy Heffner, both of whom are alumni and long-time Laurier supporters, were honoured to be finalists in the Corporate Community Partner award category. Two other Laurier supporters were finalists in this category: Mac Voisin of M&M Meat Shops; and the category winner, Peter Benninger, of Peter Benninger Coldwell Banker Realty.