HUMANITARIAN AWARD

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View 2020 Award Presentation! (Humanitarian : 23:40)

ABOUT

The PPPC Humanitarian Award was established in 2008 and is presented to those individuals who have demonstrated the spirit of humanity through volunteer work, advocacy, leadership and/or philanthropy in their community or around the world.

Review the guide below to learn everything you need to collect for this award’s nomination.
Please check the eligibility section below before you begin.

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Nomination Guide

INTERESTED IN SUBMITTING A NOMINATION?

The nominee must be a member of PPPC.

Current members of the PPPC Board of Directors are not eligible.

Candidates may be nominated by someone within the same company; however, seconders must be from outside of the nominee’s company.

Humanitarian acts are considered those which benefit people or groups outside of the nominee’s own company. Acts which benefit the nominee’s employees or their family members will not be eligible for this award.

The nominee has demonstrated the spirit of humanity in their community through charitable and/or philanthropic involvement as well as other achievements. The nominator must highlight how the nominee meets the criteria for the award.

A nominator must be a PPPC member in good standing. The interactive nomination form must be filled in and the requested supporting documentation attached. One seconder (PPPC member in good standing) must be found by the nominator. If desired, a maximum of four seconders will be accepted. The number of seconders presented will not increase the chances of the nominee receiving the award.

Supporting documentation:

  • Please provide a list of the charitable institutions supported by the candidate and the dates of his/her support.
  • Official documentation (e.g. letters of thanks, acknowledgements, receipts, etc.) from the same charitable institutions.
  • A cover letter from you summarizing why you feel the candidate should receive the PPPC Humanitarian Award.
  • A letter (or e-mail) from each seconder must indicate IN WRITING why they believe the nominee should receive a PPPC Humanitarian Award, and that they have verified the nominee’s accomplishments to be correct to the best of their knowledge.

NOMINEE VERIFICATION

The nominee does not have to be aware of your nomination. You will be asked to confirm whether or not they know in your nomination.

Nominations received before the deadline will be screened by the H.O. Judging Coordinator to eliminate ineligible individuals or incomplete nomination forms. The nominator must ensure that accurate dates and information are entered to support the nominee’s activities for verification. After verification, nominations will be forwarded to PPPC’s Hall of Fame Committee (members of the Hall of Fame) who will evaluate each candidate based on the information submitted.

Results are submitted in confidence to the Judging Coordinator and cannot be shared or divulged.

Following the consensus of the majority of Hall of Fame Committee Members, the Chair of the Hall of Fame Committee will notify the PPPC Judging Coordinator of the Committee’s final candidate selection for the Humanitarian Award. Candidates who meet the qualification criteria but who are not selected will automatically be re-entered for the next two years (a total of three years). After that period of time, if the individual has not been selected, he or she must be nominated again before they will be reconsidered.

THE DECISION OF THE COMMITTEE IS FINAL AND CANNOT BE REVOKED.

AWARDS RECIPIENTS

2020 RECIPIENT
ann baiden, mas+

Watch the virtual presentation of Ann’s Award here. (23:40)

2020 RECIPIENT
Warren kindelan

Watch the virtual presentation of Warren’s Award here. (23:40)

2018 RECIPIENT
GRAEM DAWES, MAS

Watch the video of Graem’s induction ceremony here

2016 RECIPIENT
KEN DUMOND, CAS

PPPC DISTRIBUTOR MEMBER
GENUMARK STRATEGIC MERCHANDISING, TORONTO, ON

Ken Dumond’s commitment to volunteerism began following a life altering sky diving accident, where he was told he may never be able to walk again. “I realized the impact that volunteers made on my recovery and how they made a difference on those in need.” It was at this time that he began his personal commitment to active volunteerism and for over 28 years Dumond has given his all to help others achieve their full potential. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie is another organization that is important to Dumond. He volunteered on their board of directors for 10 years, helping to organize a charity golf tour, working with local charities to assist them in raising millions of dollars over an eight-year period. Barrie’s Eastview Secondary School has also benefited from Dumond’s volunteerism. After the boys’ and girls’ curling teams were left without a coach, Dumond stepped in to take on the role of head coach and has held this position for the past seven years These are only a few of the organizations that Dumond has been involved with over the past 28 years. He is also a mentor and educator at Georgian College; he has helped raise funds for the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie; and has volunteered for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s PARTY Program (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth). The list goes on. More remarkable than Dumond’s volunteer work is his selfless attitude and how he inspires everyone around him. He has never let his disability slow him down or get in the way of accomplishing his goals.

2015 RECIPIENT
KEVIN HILL

PPPC MULTI-LINE MEMBER
ABEDNEGO AGENCY, LANGLEY, BC

Kevin has worked in the industry, as a Multi-Line Agent, for many years. While he has a zeal for every one of his lines, he beams with enthusiasm when he talks about some of the things he’s involved in outside of his work, specifically his involvement with Lifeline Malawi, a clinic in Malawi, Africa. Sitting on the board of directors of this not-for-profit organization, Kevin’s primary concern is fundraising, gathering the necessary resources to provide basic medical and preventative services to the people of Malawi. Kevin’s goal in 2016, is to raise $300,000 to help purchase and provide medical equipment for a Malawi clinic. The Doors of Faith orphanage in Baja, Mexico, is another foundation that is dear to Kevin’s heart. As a volunteer, Kevin co-led a team of 50 volunteers to Baja, where he helped build classrooms, repair vehicles, help in the nurseries and orphanages and spent time with the children. Kevin has a true passion for the work he does and the people he encounters.

2014 RECIPIENT
JAE RANG, MAS

PPPC DISTRIBUTOR MEMBER GREAT CANADIAN
PROMOTIONS, DIV. OF JAE ASSOCIATES LTD., OAKVILLE, ON

It may be a shorter list to outline charities and causes that Jae doesn’t support! Jae has been a provider to and supporter of the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre (BCHC) for more than 10 years. She has donated countless hours of marketing expertise to BCHC and several other charities, both local and abroad, that have amassed millions of dollars as a result. The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation has relied on Jae since 2011 to lead a group of 15 volunteers and recruit many more for their signature Heart Month campaign which raised over 10.5 million nationwide in 2014. Scouts Canada and the Oakville Hospital Foundation are also beneficiaries of Jae’s generosity and expertise. Jae was instrumental in working with PPPC to launch the PPPC Scholarship Program in 2007. The program supports students interested in pursuing a career in sales, marketing, business, management or a related field and has awarded almost $110,000 to 73 students to date.

2013 RECIPIENT
IAN COLLICUTT

PPPC DISTRIBUTOR MEMBER IMAGE GROUP INC.,
VANCOUVER, BC

Ian was nominated by colleagues and enthusiastically seconded by a competitor! Ian has been a volunteer at his local YMCA for over 10 years. Teaching two classes a week Ian has built strong relationships with his students and helps them achieve their goals in fitness training or weight loss. They love his attitude and involvement and many became confident enough to participate in other activities. Ian has also served as co-chair for the YMCA’s 2013 Strong Kids Campaign and has paid his own way to travel to Ecuador with the YMCA to help build schools in the poorest areas.

2012 RECIPIENT
MARK FREED

PPPC DISTRIBUTOR MEMBER GENUMARK STRATEGIC
MERCHANDISING, TORONTO, ON

Mark Freed, CEO of Genumark since 1995, has always had a strong sense of social responsibility. Mark’s father, Gerald Freed, received the Order of Canada for his community and charitable activity and has been an influential role model. Mark has never separated work from charity and encourages all his employees to get involved in their community and various charities and supports them in every way when they do. Genumark currently supports over 30 charitable organizations and has helped raise as much as $500,000 on an annual basis for Baycrest Hospital’s Annual Gold Fundraiser. Genumark teams have also participated in the CIBC Run for the Cure and as captain Mark led his team to raise $11,200 in Becel’s Ride for Heart for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Mark ensures that giving is a prominent part of the company’s culture. As the company continues to grow so does their charitable support.

2012 RECIPIENT
MERRICK FALKENSTEIN

PPPC SUPPLIER MEMBER ESP PROMOTIONS,
MARKHAM, ON

Although Merrick is very proud that his and his employees’ charitable efforts make a difference in peoples lives, he’s a bit embarrassed at all the attention. As one of the seconders to his nomination simply stated “He does not do it for people to notice but because he cares so much”. Currently Merrick supports over 20 charities and tries to select ones with a personal connection to his staff or himself but the bottom line seems to be, if someone needs help, he will help! Merrick supports the Sick Kids Foundation, community organizations for underprivileged kids (allowing kids that couldn’t afford to play sports a chance to play and by bringing Christmas to families that would otherwise not have had one), contributes to his customers’ and employees’ requests for their charities and matches, doubles & triples staff charitable collections. Merrick also strongly supports charities related to cancer. Six people in his building have cancer and in addition to supporting the charities Merrick tries to give them something to look forward to, with either trips or help with health care bills.

2009 RECIPIENT
JODY STEINHAUER

THE BARGAINS GROUP

Jody is deeply committed to giving back to her local community and other communities across Canada by helping her fellow citizens who are less fortunate, especially those who are homeless or at a high risk of homelessness. For over 20 years, The Bargains Group has helped corporate philanthropists maximize their donation dollars and has supplied necessity items like socks, underwear and sleeping bags to thousands of not-for-profit organizations at a fraction of the retail price. Jody has personally devoted hundreds of hours and invaluable strategic planning and consultative work to many charitable projects. A few examples are Project Winter Survival and Project Warmth providing basic comforts and survival kits to those living in the streets. In 2001, having learned that more homeless people die from dehydration in the summer months than from exposure in the cold months, Jody founded Project Water, supplying over 200,000 bottles of water to the homeless each summer.

2008 RECIPIENT
NICK THOMPSON, MAS

PPPC DISTRIBUTOR MEMBER METROMEDIA MARKETING,
MEMBER OF BRANDALLIANCE

For several years, Nick and his team at Metromedia had been supporting the Canadian charity “Free the Children” through their partner company “Me to We”, promoting apparel produced under ethical, sweatshop-free conditions, using environmentally-friendly fabrics. This was step one. Step two was that 50% of their profit from the sale of these products goes back to “Free the Children”, to support development projects in rural and impoverished areas around the globe. Step three was that Nick and his team were so moved by their vision and values, they decided to move into action and start a crusade to raise $11,000 to build a school in Kenya. Finally, step four was that Nick, along with four other volunteers, made a self-funded trip to Africa in February 2009 to assist in the actual construction of the school.