Winners of 2019 Ottawa Philanthropy Awards announced at reception hosted by Foundation WCPD

Seven philanthropy awards to be handed out to individuals, groups and businesses during dinner on November 13th
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Peter Nicholson, president and founder of Foundation WCPD, welcomes guests to a kick-off reception that he and his wife hosted in advance of the 2019 Ottawa Philanthropy Awards dinner. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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When people get involved in their communities through volunteering, philanthropy and other forms of civic engagement, good things happen.

At-risk youth have a chance to shine. The poor and hungry get fed and clothed. Great advances in health care are made.

Once a year, the worthy contributions of individuals, groups and businesses are recognized by the Ottawa chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) at its annual philanthropy awards dinner, colloquially known as The Phils (not to be confused with The BOBs, which is an entirely different awards night altogether).

This year’s dinner is set for Wednesday, Nov. 13th in the Canada Room of the National Arts Centre.

In advance of the big night, Peter Nicholson, president and founder of presenting sponsor and financial services company Foundation WCPD (Wealth, Creation, Preservation & Donation), threw a party.

He hosted the reception with his spouse, Anabel Bane, at their home in Rockcliffe Park on Monday night. It was a large crowd, with more than 100 guests, but Nicholson, who is a father of six, had plenty of room to fit everyone in. It was the third year in a row that Nicholson and Bane have hosted the gathering.

“Those who want to stay all night, you’re more than welcome,” Nicholson generously offered, as guests surely started to regret their decision not to pack a toothbrush.

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Peter Nicholson and Anabel Bane together their children: 12-year-old J.K., six-year-old Peter, seven-year-old Victoria and Chrissy, four, at a kick-off reception held Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, for the upcoming Ottawa Philanthropy Awards. Photo by Caroline Phillips

On hand was Margot Ault, returning chair of The Phils. She’s also manager of philanthropy for the fundraising arm of The Ottawa Hospital, where, by the way, she’ll also be a patient in the upcoming months as she and her husband prepare to welcome their first child.

The awards dinner remains one of Ault's favourite events in Ottawa.  “This is really an opportunity for our community to come together," she told a crowd that included fellow professional fundraisers, past and present award recipients, sponsors, and personal friends of Nicholson's. "It brings together the charitable sector, as well as community and business leaders, to celebrate for one night the outstanding acts of generosity, giving and volunteering that make our city such an incredible place to live in."

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Margot Ault, returning chair of the Ottawa Philanthropy Awards dinner, with Peter Nicholson, president and founder of presenting sponsor Foundation WCPD, at a kick-off reception hosted by Nicholson on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

This year’s recipients are:

 

Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist - DYMON Storage

Nominated by: The Ottawa Mission

 

Outstanding Individual Philanthropist - Marina Kun, president of Kun Shoulder Rest

Nominated by: Ottawa Chamber Music Society

 

Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist - Buffet des Continents

Nominated by: CHEO Foundation

 

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - Paul McCarney, senior V-P with Tomlinson Group of Companies

Nominated by: The Ottawa Hospital Foundation

 

Outstanding Youth - Logan Hussein

Nominated by: CHEO Foundation

 

Outstanding Philanthropic Group - HOPE

Nominated by: Youth Services Bureau

 

Outstanding Fundraising Professional - Jim Orban

Nominated by: The Heart Institute

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2019 Outstanding Fundraising Professional recipient Jim Orban, president and CEO of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation, with the chair of its board, Barbara Farber, at a kick-off reception held Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, for the upcoming Ottawa Philanthropy Awards. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Orban told OBJ.social he was reluctant to let his team nominate him for the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award because he didn’t want to be in the spotlight for an achievement that should be shared with others. The award recognizes the $100 million he’s helped to raise for the Heart Institute over the past seven years.

“When my staff asked me, ‘We’d like to nominate you for this award’, I said: ‘I’m just not into individual recognition; it’s not something I do’. There was this awkward pause, and then one of them said: ‘Get over yourself; this isn’t about you’,” Orban recalled with a chuckle. 

It was Ottawa lawyer Paul LaBarge, chair of the board at the Heart Institute, who helped to put Orban's award in perspective. “Every team needs a spark,” LaBarge told him.

Orban plans to attend the AFP awards dinner with all 16 of his staff members. “I’m going to thank every one of them.”

Orban, who was the well-known and popular publisher of the Ottawa Citizen before becoming a professional fundraiser, was joined at the reception by the head of his foundation board, Ottawa businesswoman Barbara Farber. She described Orban's award as being “well-deserved.”

“Jim is a tremendous communicator," she told OBJ.social. "People just naturally open up to him and he’s got such a network of people. Raising $100 million for any cause is daunting but Jim has a ‘We can do this!’ attitude.”

Rideau Hall Foundation president and CEO Teresa Marques, who's the new president of the Ottawa chapter of AFP, was at the reception. So was Marjolaine Hudon on behalf of sponsor RBC. No surprise there; Hudon, who is the bank's regional president, has been highly visible in the community since arriving with her family to Ottawa, from Calgary, just over a year ago.

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From left, Ottawa businesswoman Marina Kun, who's been named 2019 Outstanding Individual Philanthropist, seen with community volunteer Fiona Murray at a kick-off reception held Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, for the upcoming Ottawa Philanthropy Awards. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Glenn Sheen, regional director of community marketing and citizenship at RBC, with the bank's regional president, Marjolaine Hudon, and Patrick Sum, regional vice-president with RBC Wealth Management Private Banking, at a kick-off reception held Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, for the upcoming Ottawa Philanthropy Awards. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Sam Laprade, radio host of “An Hour to Give” on 1310 News, at a kick-off reception for the upcoming Ottawa Philanthropy Awards, with Deirdre Freiheit, president and chief executive officer of Shepherds of Good Hope/Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation, and Rideau Hall Foundation president and CEO Teresa Marques, who's also president of the Ottawa chapter of AFP. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Nicholson owns a resort in Exuma, Bahamas called Grand Isle Resort & Spa. He frequently donates vacation packages to his resort, to help Ottawa charities raise money through their fundraising auctions. The Bahamas, which consists of 700 islands, is still recovering after parts of the country were hit by Hurricane Dorian. The best way to help, Nicholson told his guests, is to go and spend tourism dollars in the country, most of which was left unscathed. 

He and his firm are helping to organize a Hurricane Dorian Fundraiser at 50 Sussex, a beautiful new venue located along the Ottawa River, on Monday, Oct. 28th. It will feature the Canadian premiere of the documentary based on Jeff Todd's award-winning book: 'Pigs of Paradise: The Story of the World Famous Swimming Pigs'. It tells the true story behind the world-famous swimming pigs of The Bahamas.

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From left, Whitney Fox, who co-chairs The Ottawa Hospital Gala, with Reba Wilson, a real estate broker with Marilyn Wilson Dream Properties, at a kick-off reception held Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, for the upcoming Ottawa Philanthropy Awards. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From right, Jack Silverstein, vice-president of financial development at the National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA, with Jim Taggart from Taggart Group of Companies, which won an Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist Award in 2013 for its generosity toward the Y. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Nick May, Angella Goran, Corrine Cline, commercial account manager with RBC, Solange Tuyishime, president and CEO of Elevate International, and Jeff Todd, director of communications for Foundation WCPD and author of Pigs of Paradise: The Story of the World Famous Swimming Pigs. Photo by Caroline Phillips

— caroline@obj.ca