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Date: October 24, 2013

Nominations now open for the 10th VLAs

The annual Victoria Leadership Awards (VLAs) will celebrate a successful decade of honoring exemplary community leadership in 2014.

Nominations are currently open for the special tenth anniversary awards gala to be held on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at the Crystal Garden. Now is the community’s chance to nominate an exemplary community hero in one of eight prestigious award categories:

The University of Victoria Community Leadership Awards acknowledge outstanding leadership in linking UVic and the community for greater public benefit (up to two awards per year).
The Rotary Community Leadership Awards recognize community leaders who meet Rotary values of the highest levels of ethical behaviour in business and in the community. (up to two awards per year).
The Vancity Youth Award recognizes a young person between the ages of 20 and 30 who demonstrates leadership in the CRD by helping to redefine wealth in a way that furthers the financial, social and environmental well-being of members and their communities (one award per year).
The Leadership Victoria Alumni Award recognizes a graduate of the Leadership Victoria program who continues to demonstrate outstanding leadership and service in the Victoria community (one honorary award per year).
The Leadership Victoria Lifetime Achievement Award honours outstanding current or posthumous long-term service in community leadership roles such as philanthropy, innovation, mentoring and career achievement (one award per year).
The Victoria Foundation Community Leadership Award recognizes an organization that is building community capacity and achieving positive change (one award per year).
The United Way of Greater Victoria Award for Collaboration & Partnership recognizes an individual leader in a non-profit organization who is building community capacity by creating partnerships and collaboration (one award per year).
The Royal Roads University Leadership Excellence through Coaching and Mentoring Award recognizes long term and outstanding service in community leadership roles through coaching and/or mentoring – professionally or informally (one award per year).

VLA Chair Kate Mansell is excited about celebrating a decade of honouring community leadership: "When the founding partners set out the goals for the Victoria Leadership Awards ten years ago, we believed that if the community didn’t acknowledge and recognize its leaders how could those leaders provide the role models to inspire others to step up and get involved in making our community an even richer and more vibrant place to live. The calibre of the leaders nominated and honored over the past nine years do this in spades."

The Leadership Victoria Lifetime Achievement Award, the Leadership Victoria Alumni Award and the Victoria Foundation Community Leadership Award are honorary awards and as such are not available for nominations from the public. All other awards categories are open for public nominations.

An online nomination package is available on the front page of the www.leadershipvictoria.ca website or by direct link here.

All nominations must be received by 4 pm, Friday, November 29th, 2013.

Led by Leadership Victoria, the awards program is a long-standing partnership founded in 2004 by Leadership Victoria, the University of Victoria and the Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria, also joined by the Victoria Foundation and the United Way of Greater Victoria. The awards aim to recognize outstanding contributions to the vibrancy of our community.

Leadership Victoria is a community-based, voluntary organization committed to developing, supporting, recognizing and honouring outstanding community leaders. Since its formation in 2000, it has become the go to organization for community leadership in Greater Victoria, graduating over 250 leaders who work collaboratively to resolve the complex challenges facing our city.

A full list of previous winners is available here. Videos of last year's ceremony are available for viewing on Leadership Victoria's YouTube channel.

Media contacts:

Ivan Watson, Communications Director, Leadership Victoria at 250-418-0700 or ivan@leadershipvictoria.ca

Kate Mansell, Chair, VLA Steering Committee at 250-478-3872 or katemansell@shaw.ca

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