Founders' Award

The Akela Peoples-Russ White Youth in Motion Founders Award

“The Akela Peoples-Russ White Youth in Motion Founders Award Endowment Fund and The Akela Peoples-Russ White Youth in Motion Founders Award were created by David A. Wilson, FCA, in 2010, to honour in perpetuity the creativity, initiative and personal effort as well as the considerable career and financial sacrifices of the Founders of Youth in Motion Akela Peoples and Russ White. As Akela brought her brainchild, an innovative, grassroots, not-for-profit organization called Women in Motion into being, she asked for the help of retired educator Russ White and together they evolved Women in Motion into Youth in Motion.

Russ’s contributions were such that Akela generously shared with him the title ‘Co-Founder’. This generosity marked all Akela’s efforts as she and Russ, tirelessly and with little financial reward, inspired hundreds of individuals, companies and organizations to help to bring Youth in Motion and its programs to full flower – giving guidance and confidence to thousands of Canada’s future leaders.

First-hand knowledge of the Co-founders efforts from early on inspired David A. Wilson, FCA, a former President and CEO of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and Professor Emeritus of the University of Windsor, to create this Award and its related endowment to mark for all time Akela’s genius in conceiving Women in Motion and the amazing energies and initiatives which she and Russ devoted to it and Youth in Motion and making a wonderful difference to the lives of thousands and to support Youth in Motion’s ongoing work by recognizing and the individual, company, government body and other organizations’ support that Akela and Russ have inspired.”   ~ David A. Wilson, FCA.

2012 Founders’ Award Recipient:  Intact Financial Corp.

 

The Founders of Youth in Motion, Akela Peoples and Russ White,

 present the Founders’ Award to Louis Gagnon, President and COO of Intact Financial Corp.

 

 

2011 Founders’ Award Recipient:  The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO)

 

 Mr. David A. Wilson presents the award to Rod Barr, CEO of ICAO,

along with the Founders of Youth in Motion, Akela Peoples and Russ White