Violet Richardson Award 

The Violet Richardson Award recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts such as fighting drugs, crime, and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty. Volunteer actions that benefit women or girls are of particular interest.

Below you’ll find the poster and the APPLICATION FORM.

2023 Award Winner: 


This year’s recipient is Rheanna Zhu, a 16 year old student from Elgin Park school. She is a volunteer with McCreary Centre Society and Cactes Association.  She oversees event outreach and team coordination for Empower Girls in Vancouver. She is also a member of White Rock Ambassadors. She had a keen interest in supporting mental health, and is the founder of the Psychology club at her school. She is a keen volunteer, stepping up to help organize fundraisers and teams for community events. She hopes to pursue a business degree. In the future, Rheanna feels that her passion for volunteering will be directed to mental health, poverty, and woman’s empowerment.

The Violet Richardson award totals $500. Rheanna received $250, and $250 was donated to Rheanna’s charity of choice, Cactes Association.

The Violet Richardson Award for this year was sponsored by Sources Community Resource Centres.



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full potential and live their dreams.

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Women and girls live free from discrimination



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Women from varied backgrounds and perspectives work together to improve the lives of women and girls.

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