2015 Award Winners

Winners from left to right:  Alyssa Cress, Nolda Ware, Shelly Knuff, Michael McCoy
2nd row from left to right: Anne Nikon, Gentil Mateus, Warren Carr

2015 Rising Star - Alyssa Crees

Alyssa Dumais - Community Support Outreach Worker, Milieu Family Services

A community support worker since 2012, Alyssa has distinguished herself as a reliable, dedicated and innovative team member at Milieu Family Services in Delta. Taking on the many challenges of outreach and personal support with an open mind, Alyssa shows great respect for all people.

Alyssa has demonstrated early success and great promise as a future leader. She has gone above and beyond expectations to find innovative solutions to help those whom she supports.

2015 Hero Award - Nolda Ware

Nolda Ware - Manager of Person Centred Practices, Semiahmoo House Society

For 25 years Nolda has been putting people first. As Manager of Person-Centres Practices for Semiahmoo House Society in South Surrey, a positon created for her unique skill set, Nolda has used her exceptional talents in person-centred thinking and planning to help support people with disabilities and their families plan positive, meaningful lives.

Nolda is admired for putting people first, and for giving them a voice. She is someone who goes the extra mile in making a difference in community social services.

2015 Leader Award - Shelly Knuff

Shelly Knuff - Manager, Grant East Residential Group Home, Communitas Supportive Care Society

Shelly has made an impact in the lives of staff and residents with her leadership skills at Communitas Supportive Care Society for over 25 years. As the manager of Grant East residential home in Abbotsford, Shelly provides oversight to many programs. She created the “Community Living Program” to provide skills and training for people with disabilities – a program still in use today.

Shelly is a tireless advocate who deeply values the lives of those around her. She is a mentor and leader who has brought fresh ideas and created positive, lasting change to the social services community.

2015 Legend Award - Michael McCoy

Michael McCoy - Retired Executive Director, Touchstone Family Association

Michael McCoy has been a community leader in the social services sector for over 40 years. Thirty of those years were spent at Touchstone Family Association in Richmond before Michael retired from his position as executive director in March 2015.

The Restorative Justice program – an alternative to the court system that allows young people to learn from their mistakes as well as the Front Porch program that provides barrier free counseling to families in distress are programs that Michael successfully championed and are legacies to his leadership.

Michael has spent his career developing collaborative and innovative programs that benefit the lives of many. Through his passion and commitment he has made extraordinary contributions to the community and the social services sector. He is truly a legend.