“Each year, thousands of Canadians demonstrate the spirit of philanthropy by volunteering, advocating, raising awareness or using their influence to make a difference in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children,” said Michael Messenger, President and CEO, World Vision Canada. “The World Vision Heroes for Children Awards is our opportunity to celebrate individuals who have a heart for children and have done something extraordinary to help families and children around the world.”
The recipients of the Heroes for Children awards are:
- Voice for Children Award:
The Quebec TV and radio personality received the Voice for Children Award for her tireless work on World Vision’s child labour campaign, “Contre l’exploitation des Enfants”. On several trips with World Vision she recorded numerous videos and spoke with media outlets about the challenges vulnerable children face.
Dennis The Prescott - Ruth Roberts Award:
The chef, author, photographer and social media influencer received the Ruth Roberts Award for the ways he channels his passion for food into amplification of the Hunger Free movement. Dennis’ moving storytelling about children and families who are dealing with hunger and drought has deeply connected with Canadian audiences.
- Courage Award:
The Toronto Raptors Super Fan received the Courage Award for his volunteer role as ambassador for the Rise Up Daughters of India initiative. Demonstrating passion, influence, and leveraging his celebrity, Nav has played a crucial role in helping girls in India stay school thanks to new sanitation and hygiene facilities.
Tony Campolo - Ken MacMillan Award:
Professor and progressive Christian movement leader Tony Campolo received the Ken McMillan Award for his unceasing support of child sponsorship, changing lives and communities: nearly 13,000 children have been sponsored through World Vision at 140 of his events.
Kerry and Mandy Shapansky
- Power of Generosity Award:
Long-time donors and Visionfund International partners, Kerry and Mandy Shapansky received the Power of Generosity award for investing valuable time, financial resources and innovative thinking to World Vision’s new Small and Growing Business Fund project.
“We are so grateful for the impact and remarkable achievements that our award winners have made and will continue to make for children. Together, we can help children realize their full potential, no matter the circumstance,” said Michael Messenger.
Bios and Award Descriptions
MISSISSAUGA, ON - Generous individuals from a range of backgrounds and walks of life were recognized for the significant impact they’ve made in supporting the world’s most vulnerable children, at World Vision Canada’s annual Heroes for Children awards dinner on January 28, 2018.