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Community Builder award recipient Isobel Boyd. Photo courtesy of United Way East Ontario.

Community Builders: Isobel Boyd inspires youth to bring social change to their communities

By Apartment613 on March 10, 2021

This winter, United Way East Ontario announced six new Community Builder Award recipients being honoured for their unwavering support to their communities in these challenging times. Check out the full list of recipients here and read on to learn about recent recipient Isobel Boyd.

Isobel Boyd is an advocate and leader of youth and women’s empowerment, dedicating over 500 volunteer hours a year since 2014 to improving the lives and community of those around her.

She began her philanthropic journey with YOUth Heroes, a youth-led organization that provided mentorship and resources in collaboration with YouthREX, a research and evaluation hub, to form an afternoon school program for at-risk youth. The NOISE: Superhero School program focused on instilling the importance of philanthropy and education to inspire, guide, and mentor youth to bring social change to their communities.

Building upon her experience in grassroots mobilization and passion for social advocacy, in 2019 Isobel joined the Empow(Her) Network, a non-profit organization that provides young women in Ottawa opportunities for growth and networking, while encouraging and supporting them on their paths to assume positions of leadership. Isobel and the Empow(Her) Network have hosted countless events and workshops that have helped hundreds of women in Ottawa excel in their professional, personal, and civic lives through peer-to-peer mentorship, networking opportunities, and skills-building workshops.

Isobel Boyd, Community Builder award recipient. Photo: United Way East Ontario.

“It’s such an honor to receive this recognition alongside all these amazing recipients, especially from an organization like United Way, and from mentors turned friends who have inspired and guided my love for our community.”

Isobel’s dedication to empowerment and mentorship is displayed through the countless hours she has committed to building an inspiring, supportive community.


While we don’t yet know when we will be able to gather again at the Wall of Inspiration at Ottawa City Hall, we look forward to adding the names of these community builders in a future ceremony.