At its annual Christmas potluck dinner, the Comox Valley Chapter of the Council of Canadians awarded this year’s Community Action Award to the Dawn to Dawn: Action on Homelessness Society.
This award is given annually to a local organization that demonstrates Canadian values and is involved in progressive action in the community.
“In presenting this award, we would like to recognize the leadership shown by Dawn to Dawn in addressing the large spectrum of needs of the homeless in the Comox Valley,” said Linda Safford.
Grant Shilling accepted the award and spoke to those present about the many facets of their work.
While the primary focus is on providing housing with as few barriers as possible, Dawn to Dawn also provides the support and services needed by their clients to improve their lives.
Their successful Community Garden program has completed its second year and next year will invite community groups to become involved in growing fresh produce for people in need and learning more about the issues around food security.
The Maple Pool United soccer team, winter bowling and a new story discussion group provide opportunities for community building and a sense of belonging, as well as opportunities for individuals to interact with the larger community.
“Dawn to Dawn: Action on Homelessness Society would like to thank the Council of Canadians for acknowledging our leadership in being the only agency in the Valley to provide housing for the homeless,” said Shilling, a Dawn to Dawn outreach worker. “We look forward to continue to provide leadership in the development of supportive housing in the Valley.”
— Council of Canadians