Finalists announced for London’s Pillar Community Innovation Awards

Kim Woodbridge from Global News' sister station 103.1 Fresh Radio at the unveiling of the finalists for the 2019 Pillar Community Innovation Awards. Tania DaSilva

The finalists have been announced for the 2019 Pillar Community Innovation Awards, which celebrate individuals, organizations and enterprises “investing in positive community impact” in London.

The awards are presented in the categories of innovation, leadership, impact, collaboration and community choice.

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The 13th annual awards will be handed out on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at RBC Place London. The award comes with a $2,000 donation to the registered charity of the winner’s choice.

The finalists are as follows:


  • London Food Coalition — food prosperity
  • Human Environments Analysis Lab (HEAL) — community-based research
  • 519 Pursuit — homelessness and poverty


  • Matthew Reid — LGBTQ2 community and education
  • Patricia Runciman — Life Spin volunteer, poverty work
  • Holly Painter — poet, teacher and public speaker


  • Mensadora — reusable menstruation products
  • Urban Roots — revitalizes underused agricultural land
  • Parent and Infant Relationship (PAIR) Clinic — Vanier Children’s Services


  • RollUP — refurbish wheelchairs for individuals in need with Goodwill Industries
  • INsite Clinic — collaborative network of six local mental health and social support organizations for improved services
  • Healing through the Arts — initiative from London Arts Council, Participation House Support Services, L’Arche London and Hutton House

For the community choice award, officials say that once finalists are confirmed and announced, “the award recipient will be determined by online community vote.”

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