Eva James Award

Each year since 1999, the WOCRC has honoured one of our dedicated volunteers with the Eva James Award.

About the Eva James Award

The Eva James Award was designed to recognize a volunteer who best personifies the commitment and dedication exemplified by Eva James, a devoted, active woman who enthusiastically volunteered in our community for over 15 years. She passed away suddenly in 1995.

Eva was one of the key volunteers who helped to form and implement our community resource centre. She was a strong supporter of the Kanata Food Cupboard and devoted a lot of her time to helping them.

Eva seldom missed an opportunity to attend community events such as the Girl Guide Spring Tea or Canada Day celebrations in Kanata and Bridlewood.

In her capacity as City Councillor, in addition to her many volunteer endeavours, Eva seized every opportunity to enhance our community.

She was involved with the OC Transpo committee, establishing park areas, fighting for street intersections and safety among many other projects – big and small.

Phyllis Powell, 2017-2018 Eva James Award Recipent

Phyllis has been a volunteer with our Peer Support program since 2004. She plays a very large role in the Healthy Dating Relationship program. This program goes into schools and presents to students in Grades 7, 8 and 9 to educate them on what a healthy dating relationship is; this allows them to make smart, healthy and safe choices. Phyllis is very dedicated and is sometimes in the classroom 5 days a week during the school year. She is very active in all of our outreach programs. She freely gives her time and energy to ensure that these programs happen. This organization is very fortunate to have someone that is so passionate about creating awareness and the fight to end Violence Against Women. Phyllis has definitely touched many lives in this community. This program is vital in this community and it would not be possible without people like Phyllis who are willing to spend their time and effort to create awareness and encourage a strong healthy community.

All Eva James Award Winners

The following volunteers have been honoured with the Eva James Award:

  • 2017-2018 Phyllis Powell
  • 2016-2017 Richard Greene and Bob Hurry
  • 2015-2016 Ruth Willsher
  • 2014-2015 Atif Malam 
  • 2013-2014 Robert McGaraughty 
  • 2012-2013 Anne Marie Goodman
  • 2011-2012 Brigitte Sharma
  • 2010-2011 Doreen Reynolds 
  • 2009-2010 Terry Longhorn
  • 2008-2009 Leona Spencer
  • 2007-2008 Jean-Pierre Beaulne
  • 2006-2007 Bruce Cairns
  • 2005-2006 Judy Bowyer
  • 2004-2005 J. Warner Eakins
  • 2003-2004 Dave Anderson
  • 2002-2003 Minoo Taherzadeh
  • 2001-2002 Kerri Bjornson
  • 2000-2001 Mary Nute
  • 1999-2000 Trudy Muller
  • 1998-1999 Dee Campbell
Thank you to all our volunteers for making an outstanding contribution to the WOCRC and enhancing our community!