2013 Kia Drive Change Winners

Action Jeunesse de l’Ouest-de-l'Île (AJOI)

Out and about to help youth: our mission is to establish and maintain intervention services for youth aged 12 to 25 years old on the west island. Our volunteers, known as street workers, are there to prevent youth difficulties: violence, overdose, suicidal thoughts, misdemeanour etc. The volunteers/street workers are available to listen to youth who want to discuss their problems or concerns.The volunteers also facilitate youth by supporting their projects and by participating in their activities.

Pony Pals Therapeutic Riding Association

Pony Pals has been serving the needs of riders in the communities of Delta, Surrey and surrounding areas since 2009. We are known for our friendly family atmosphere, superb coaching, a great safety record and user-friendly horses. Equine therapies and riding can lead to positive long term life changes. PPTRA specializes in riders with disabilities ranging from Autistic Spectrum Disorders to Spinal Cord Injury.

Community Care Northumberland

Established in 1988, Community Care Northumberland strives to be the best, multi-service, volunteer-based community support organization in Northumberland County. Our 900 regional volunteers enable clients to experience a higher quality of life by strengthening their connections with the community.

L’Arche Saint John

L’Arche Saint John belongs to the world-wide network of L'Arche communities: people with and without intellectual disabilities, together creating homes, work, and places of belonging. Of these 156 communities in 39 different countries, we are the first and only community of L’Arche in the province of New Brunswick. Drawing together people with and without intellectual disabilities – people with a great variety of abilities and vulnerabilities – L’Arche seeks to make known the gifts of all people and to engage in working towards a more human society.

2013 Kia Drive Change Judges

Maria Soklis: Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Kia Canada

Ms. Soklis is literally the ‘driving force’ behind Kia Canada’s ‘Drive Change’ campaign. The 2012 inaugural recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for dedicated service to peers, community and Canada, her resilient support of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) also lead to Ms. Soklis being awarded the 2012 MADD Canada’s Citizen of Distinction Award for making a major contribution to the anti-drinking and driving movement in Canada. Pioneering many of Kia Canada’s charitable commitments including Kia Canada’s Habit for Humanity Sponsorship, Ms. Soklis was a proud sponsor of the Habitat Toronto Women’s build Initiative in 2009. A supporter of Northern Ontario Women’s and Men’s Business Awards, Ms. Soklis urges others to actively make a positive difference in their local communities.

Sunni Boot: CEO of ZenithOptimedia

Sunni is a strong believer in participating in the community and giving back to that community. Organizing food and clothing drives as well as directing charitable gifting to community organizations whose contributions “hit the street” the next day are a priority.

Rick Campanelli: Co-host of ET Canada

Rick joined ET Canada in 2005 as a co-host, working alongside host Cheryl Hickey. And while he’s still known as “The Temp” to many, Rick Campanelli has grown to become one of Canada’s most recognizable and popular TV personalities. After joining the revered Entertainment Tonight brand, Rick became known for offering the Canadian viewers an inside scoop on the latest celebrity gossip, current affairs and pop culture trends. And in addition to his ET Canada responsibilities, Campanelli is involved with numerous charitable organizations, television related affairs, and for the third year is a proud supporter and Ambassador of the Kia Canada’s Drive Change Day campaign.