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.

2024 Award Winner: 


Kriti: Compassion in Action

Kriti’s volunteer journey began in Ocean Park, where she witnessed the longing for connection among seniors while working at her part -time job at at Physiomoves. Stepping into a volunteer role at Westminster House, she found her purpose, learning empathy and respect from its residents.

Driven by a passion for community service, Kriti leads her school’s Volunteer Club, advocating for youth-senior engagement. Alongside her academic pursuits and high-performance tennis, she celebrates cultural diversity in the South Asian Student Association and amplifies voices on the Half Moon Podcast.

With unwavering dedication, Kriti embodies Audrey Hepburn’s ethos, inspiring others to embrace compassion and make a difference.

Each award is $500, with $250  paid to the recipient, and $250 to the charity of their choice. Kriti’s charity was Parkinson Canada.


2024 Award Winners: 


Eunsoo’s Impactful Volunteer Journey

Eunsoo’s volunteer journey is marked by a commitment to diverse causes and communities. From environmental initiatives to coaching swimmers with the Special Olympics, Eunsoo’s dedication shines through. As a mentor in the classroom and a compassionate companion to homebound elders, Eunsoo’s acts of kindness leave a lasting impact. Through her efforts, she embodies the values of empathy and connection, fostering a brighter, more inclusive world for all.

Each award is $500, with $250  paid to the recipient, and $250 to the charity of their choice. Eunsoo’s charity was Peace Arch Hospital Foundation.

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.



Women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their
full potential and live their dreams.

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Gender Equality

Women and girls live free from discrimination



Women and girls are free to act in their own best interest



Women and girls deserve to lead full and productive lives through access to education


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

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