| Photo: Alisa Noda
As part of LEAF's 2008 AGM dinner, LEAF had the honour of presenting the first Alisa Noda LEAF Lifetime Recognition Award. The award is named in recognition of Alisa Noda, a dedicated LEAF volunteer for over 10 years until she passed away suddenly on July 3, 2007.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Photo: Eloise Spitzer & Executive Director, Audrey M. Johnson
Eloise Spitzer is the first recipient of the Alisa Noda LEAF Lifetime Recognition Award. A founding mother of LEAF, Eloise has contributed countless hours to advancing women's equality through her work with LEAF and West Coast LEAF. She was responsible for one of the first challenges under Section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the 1985 Yukon court challenge which foreced a women to keep her husband's surname as long as he was alive. She succeeded in having the law ruled unconstitutional. Eloise served as a West Coast LEAF board member from 2003 to 2007 and has been a committee member, fundraiser, donor and inspiration for many years.
LEAF Contribution Award
Photo: Erin O'Hara & Megan Whittle
The LEAF Ottawa Executive, consisting of Erin O'Hara (Chair), Melissa Pereira (Communications), Megan Whittle (Treasurer/Events), Anne-Marie McElroy and Stephanie Smith ("No Means No" Coordinators) are the recipients of the first LEAF Contribution Award (LCA) for 2007/8.
LEAF Ottawa is unique in that it is based at a law school and has a student executive. Within this challenging context, it has built a strong, vibrant branch with significant capacity for growth.
The LEAF Ottawa Executive is a dynamic, committed, and hard-working group of women who have shown leadership, diligence, and remarkable tenacity in maintaining a high volume of branch activity. With the LEAF Contribution Award they are recognized as an inspiring model for what is possible through feminist-inspired collective action on behalf of women's equality.