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Innovation and Impact Awards in honour of Lewis Perinbam

WUSC and Cooperation Canada, in collaboration with the trustees of the Lewis Perinbam Award, are pleased to present the Innovation and Impact Awards in honour of Lewis Perinbam. Innovation is at the core of both organizations’ work and is captured in our strategic directions. We aim to inspire and support the growth of a more relevant, responsive and effective global development and humanitarian assistance sector that, through innovation, can create sustainable impact. As such, WUSC, Cooperation Canada, and the trustees of the Lewis Perinbam Award would like to recognize and celebrate Canadian individuals and civil society organizations (CSOs) that are doing impactful and innovative work.

The organizational award recognizes  an organization that has demonstrated learning and impact from an innovative practice in international development and/or humanitarian response. The award recognizes organizations that are using innovative and impactful means to: (1) address humanitarian, development, and/or peace challenges to build a more just and inclusive world; (2) inspire Canadians to undertake volunteer action on these issues; and/or (3) offer new ways of thinking about development, humanitarian and peace-related challenges.

The individual award recognizes a Canadian individual (or individual residing in Canada) that has demonstrated innovation, creativity, and impact in the field of international development.

This year, we are seeking nominations for individuals who have exemplified leadership in challenging and changing the systems that underpin inequality and injustice by:

  • Contributing to the organization and sustainability of movements for social change, such as those that address climate justice, racial justice, and gender justice;
  • Contributing to the decolonization of international cooperation and the shifting and sharing of power relations toward more marginalized individuals and groups;
  • Engaging the Canadian public to get more involved in these efforts; and/or
  • Championing and making space for emerging leaders from underrepresented and marginalized groups. 

Nominees’ contributions may include, for example, the greater mobilization of public support through creative public engagement activities; the convening of diverse actors in conversation toward collective action; the driving of changes in harmful laws, policies, and practices; or the introduction of important innovations that have been sustained over time.

We encourage nominations of individuals from within underrepresented and marginalized communities themselves, including youth, women, refugees, and other minority groups, as well as those who have made significant contributions through volunteer efforts.

Nomination Procedure:  

  • Nominators must complete the online form (link here below) to provide rationale for the nomination. 
  • Nominators must demonstrate evidence for how the nominee has fit the criteria and has implemented an innovative practice that has resulted in greater impact and/or learning.
  • Nominations can be peer or self-nominated.



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