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In 1996, Lorna Rosenstein was central in the founding of Gilda’s Toronto. To honour her memory, her commitment to lifelong volunteerism and her belief that no one should face cancer alone, the co-founders of Gilda’s Toronto created The Lorna Rosenstein Youth Volunteer Leadership Award funded through the Lorna Rosenstein Legacy Fund.

ABOUT THE AWARD
The Lorna Rosenstein Youth Volunteer Leadership Award was created in memory of the late founder of Gilda’s Toronto. It honours her commitment to lifelong volunteerism and her belief that no one should face cancer alone. The Award will be presented to a youth between 14 and 24 who has been impacted by cancer and has shown volunteer leadership in the community. The Award recognizes the strength and resilience that can develop in a young leader who has lived with a person with cancer or is bereaved from the death of someone close to them.

The successful applicant will be presented with the Lorna Rosenstein Youth Volunteer Leadership Award and $1,500.

The Award recipient will be connected with a mentor who will provide guidance and advice to develop the recipient’s leadership skills and support them through their educational and professional endeavours. The mentor will have experienced the impact of cancer and share insights about navigating through challenges to achieve personal success. Mentors may help connect the recipient to new resources and networks within their chosen career path.

AWARD CRITERIA

  • The nominee is between 14 and 24 at the time of this application.
  • The nominee has lived with a person with cancer or is bereaved from the death of someone close to them.
  • The nominee has recently completed a minimum of 40 volunteer hours with at least one organization.
  • The nominee has fulfilled their assigned role(s) and responsibilities.
  • The nominee demonstrates an understanding and commitment to the organization’s mission.
  • The nominee demonstrates exceptional leadership skills, a commitment to the well-being of others, and contributes to creating a positive, respectful environment.

Nominate a youth volunteer (or yourself!) today.

NOMINATION DEADLINE AND SUBMISSION
Award nominations will be accepted until May 18, 2022. Download the nomination form.

The nomination form and letter(s) of support should be emailed to info@gildasclubtoronto.org with the subject line: Lorna Rosenstein Youth Volunteer Award Nomination.

Nominations for this award will be accepted until May 18, 2022.

Support the Lorna Rosenstein Legacy Fund.

Freedom International Brokerage CoFreedom International Brokerage Co. has generously supported the Lorna Rosenstein Legacy Fund with a matching gift of $25,000 for donations that were made to the fund in the month of May 2022. Thank you for your support!

AWARD PRESENTATION
The award presentation will take place virtually on June 21, 2022, in conjunction with the presentation of Gilda’s Toronto’s Teen Talk Showcase – a program designed for teens living with a person with cancer or grieving the death of someone close to them. Find out more about this year’s presentation and register today. 

The 2021 Lorna Rosenstein Youth Volunteer Leadership Award recipient was presented to Lavaniya by Lorna Rosenstein’s great-nephew Nathan Miller.