United Way Honours Canadian Live Music Association President & CEO Erin Benjamin with Community Builder of the Year Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17th, 2019

The Canadian Live Music Association is proud to share that President & CEO, Erin Benjamin will be honoured with the United Way Ottawa’s “Ambassador of the Year” award at their annual Community Builder of the Year Awards ceremony on May 16th, 2019.

United Way Ottawa’s Community Builder of the Year Awards Gala celebrates those who have made a lasting impact on community. Though recipients come from all walks of life, they all have one very important thing in common—a local love that inspires them to make a difference in Ottawa.

On May 16th the United Way will honour seven individuals, organizations and agencies taking exceptional strides to improve lives, break down barriers and create opportunities for people in Ottawa.  Congratulations Erin!

Community Builder of the Year, Ambassador Award

Erin Benjamin has made Ottawa her home since 2003. Throughout her career as a leader in the music industry, she has been a determined advocate for women, and has worked hard to promote equality and inclusion across her sector.

Erin has served on a long list of local, provincial, national and international non-profit boards, steering committees and working groups that aim to strengthen arts and culture, build relationships and networks, and champion mentorship, leadership and inclusivity within the music industry.

In addition to this, Erin gave her time, energy and effort to help those most in need after the devastating tornadoes that rocked Ottawa and Gatineau last September. She became a significant catalyst for change, reaching out to her friends and colleagues in the music industry within hours of the storms.

With her strong leadership, Erin brought together numerous partners to host CUPE Local 503’s annual benefit concert in support of After the Storm. The tornado relief concert, held on November 10, 2018 at TD Place, brought 5000 people together and raised more than $55,000 for residents hit hardest by the natural disaster.

This act was one of many that demonstrates Erin’s true character: someone willing to go beyond the call of duty for our city and its people.

“This award really belongs to my Ottawa music industry friends who worked with me, and all of the agencies and people behind the After the Storm concert. I am humbled to share it with them. Working on After the Storm changed my life… I am still so moved by the families who survived the storms, I think of them everyday.  It’s their courage that inspired me then, and to this day.”  – Erin Benjamin, President & CEO, /Canadian Live Music Association

“The Ambassador Award recognizes a person who has gone above and beyond in dedicating their time, energy and effort to building a healthier and stronger city for everyone. The moment of intersection between Erin and United Way Ottawa happened quickly after tornadoes devastated parts of our city in September. Erin used her connections and positive influence to elevate our work on After the Storm, and help residents who were most in need. Erin’s dedication to lifting up others, putting her community first, and leading others to make positive change makes her the perfect fit for this award.” – Michael Allen, President and CEO, United Way Ottawa

For more information about the recipients please click here.

For more information about the gala please visit the website.

For information regarding the Canadian Live Music Association, please contact Victoria Shepherd at vshepherd@canadianlivemusic.ca

For more information about United Way Ottawa, please contact Hayley Robateau at hrobateau@unitedwayottawa.ca