While COVID-19 has changed the ways we gather, celebrate, and honour one another, it has not changed the way our neighbours step up to support each other in times of crisis, from making essential grocery trips for immunocompromised neighbours to making wellness phone call checks for seniors or helping newcomer families access the support services they need.
Early in the summer of 2020, in collaboration with Apartment613, we sent out a call for nominations to honour local volunteers who stepped up in this time of need. Together, we recognized five outstanding COVID Heroes with Community Builder Awards to honour the incredible work they did to support their communities and the most vulnerable people within them throughout the pandemic.
In August 2020, we chose to honour eight more remarkable volunteers who uplifted their community during COVID-19, showing constant selflessness and care during unprecedented times. In November, we honoured six more local community builders, and in February 2021 we awarded six local heroes who have gone above and beyond to support their communities.
We’re proud to introduce you to three more incredible community builders. With the help of these change makers and their unwavering support for their community, more people across our region feel connected, nourished, comfortable, encouraged, safe, involved, and heard.
Read below for a post about Community Builder Dr. Raynold Alorse and check out our other Community Builder posts from this week.
Dr. Raynold Alorse
Dr. Raynold Alorse is a natural leader with the ability to inspire and mobilize others for positive change. He has been working with diverse community groups as a volunteer and a Board Director for non-profit boards serving vulnerable populations for several years now. Raynold’s dedication to community service and the idea of public service is truly inspiring. Although he has a very busy schedule as an award-winning economist, a family man, and a policy professional at Public Governance International, he shows a deep commitment to serving vulnerable populations and giving back to his community.
Utilizing his Ph.D expertise in international relations, sustainability, corporate social responsibility and human rights, Raynold is a 2021 Climate Ambassador of the Global Youth Climate Network (GYCN), an initiative of the World Bank Group Youth Community that acts as a catalyst for young leaders across the world to develop and implement initiatives that raise awareness about climate change mitigation.
Raynold has also been serving on the Board of the Nepean, Rideau, and Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NRO-CRC) since 2016. The NRO-CRC is a multi-service organization that supports diverse and marginalized populations, including individuals living in poverty, rural residents, racialized people, immigrants, older adults, women, youth, and many more.
“I look around the community and I am flying with the wings of hope because of the resilience and the positive attitude I’ve seen in the community. That inspires me to keep going and keep giving back.”
Raynold took on the role of President at NRO-CRC in September 2020, and contributes to decision-making by providing strategic oversight and supporting initiatives to positively impact the overall health and well-being of vulnerable populations. He is extremely proud of how staff, volunteers (including Board members) and diverse stakeholders have demonstrated resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beyond his work with non-profit boards, Raynold has spoken to diverse community groups and universities (including the University of Ottawa) on the themes of hope, leadership, student success, and mental health awareness.
Do you know a community builder who has gone above and beyond to support their community through COVID-19? Our Community Builder Awards program accepts nominations year-round! Find out more here.