ABBOTSFORD, B.C.—The Communitas Supportive Care Society won the Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award at the 25th annual Business Excellence Awards presented by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce and the Abbotsford News. The award was presented at a sold-out event on Feb. 10. Karyn Santiago, chief executive officer for Communitas, received the award and said it was an honour to be nominated and to be recognized. “People are at the heart of our organization, and winning this award is truly a reflection of the person-centred care that our staff provide every single day,” she said. “These past two years have been so difficult, and yet we’ve seen our staff go above and beyond, over and over again. I am so grateful to be one part of the Communitas team and the difference we are making in the lives of others.” Communitas is a faith-based, registered charity providing care in communities across British Columbia to those living with developmental disabilities, mental-health challenges and acquired brain injury. The organization provides services for people in the Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland, and Vancouver Island that range from 24-hour home-based options to skills-based day programs and respite care for families.
—Communitas Supportive Care Society
Karyn Santiago (centre) holds the Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award while standing with Communitas staffers Sarah De Klein (left) and Matt Dirks (right).