Ed Chwyl and Family Presented with AFP’s 2014 Generosity of Spirit Award
Victoria, BC, November 20, 2014 — The Victoria Conservatory of Music is delighted to announce that Ed Chwyl and his family were the very worthy recipients of the Generosity of Spirit Award presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in honour of National Philanthropy Day in Canada. The recent Gala event at the Fairmont Empress Hotel recognized award nominees from six different categories and the extraordinary contribution of so many people.
Ed and his family have been quietly giving their time, resources and expertise to make a difference in their communities for many years. Their charitable giving and endless hours of personal time touches many lives, a multitude of organizations and inspires countless others to do the same. They recognize that communities have great diversity and need and they have shared their philanthropy and personal efforts across numerous causes: The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM), the YMCA, Covenant House, War Amps, Red Cross, Horticultural Center of the Pacific, Victoria Symphony, Pacific Opera Victoria, the Ukrainian Canadian Archives and Museum, Our Place, World Vision to name a few.
Ed’s recent role as VCM’s Board Chair was instrumental in saving the VCM from collapse, steering its total transformation and most recently, establishing the new Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music – the first school of its kind in Canada.
“It was a genuine honour to nominate Ed and his family,” said Jane Butler McGregor, CEO, Victoria Conservatory of Music. “It’s difficult to put into words the kind of family they are; they’ve helped countless organizations, causes, and individuals. I’ve had the great pleasure to work with Ed in his position as Board Chair of VCM and I can’t say enough about what he’s done for our Conservatory. Our organization is now in a position of strength and is poised for substantial future growth. We can’t thank him enough. He and his family are deserving of this award and everyone at the VCM is very proud of Ed and his family.”
“It’s a real privilege to be recognized in this way by AFP and our community,” said Ed Chwyl. “It feels really good to give and my family and I couldn’t imagine a life without helping others. I’m passionate about caring at all levels. All of the nominees are incredibly deserving and I celebrate their efforts in making a difference in people’s lives. I was truly moved by all of the giving by everyone. I’m humbled and grateful for this honour. ”
Diane Lloyd, President-Elect, Association of Fundraising Professionals Vancouver Island said, “It gives us great pleasure to recognize Ed and his family. They exemplify the spirit of philanthropy through their time, energy and good work. The world is a better place because of them; so many have benefited from their generosity. Hearing Ed speak last night, well, in short, the spirit of giving took flight.”