Eclipse Awards and EYA Partner to Empower Nature-Inspired Leaders

December 3, 2015 Homepage, News

This business/non-profit collaboration aims to inspire and cultivate youth leaders while fostering community connectedness.

Eclipse Awards and Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) have entered a 3-year community collaboration aimed at cultivating a new generation of young environmental stewards and leaders in Vancouver. The Community Partnership Program is a unique business/non-profit collaboration that allows both organizations to share their skills and experiences to accomplish more than either can do alone.

“We have great respect for the EYA as positive community builders and for the work they do to engage young people with the environment and biodiversity. Our hope is to help the EYA increase their impact by recognizing and appreciating their volunteers and young leaders, letting them know their efforts are valued”, says Toby Barazzuol, president of Eclipse Awards. “Committing to a long-term relationship with EYA is important because it will allow us to work together more effectively to empower more young people, and build more resilient community in Vancouver and beyond,” he adds.

Julia Thiessen, Executive Director of the EYA says, “The opportunity to collaborate with experts in the community such as Eclipse Awards is part of what makes EYA strong. This partnership will support us to take much needed time to recognize and celebrate our achievements and the people who make them happen. We are thrilled to be selected for this award.”

“Recognition is a powerful way to empower emerging leaders and accelerate social change. We’re excited to take some of what we’ve learned from the corporate world and apply it to community building and social change with our Community Partners,” Barazzuol says. Eclipse Awards launched its Community Partnership Program in 2012 with the aim of increasing its community impact, and now accepts up to 5 new partners every two years. The program provides selected partners with special access to Eclipse resources and services for three years. Other Community Partners include Canopy, Potluck Cafe and Catering, the Board of Change and Mission Possible.