The Awesome Awards - Nominations

Elijah van der Giessen

Nominated by Chad Leaman
November 25, 2013

Eli is a truly endless ball of energy, connections, and knowledge.  He volunteers a good dozen hours a week organizing free / low cost workshops and guest speakers for non-profits and social enterprises throughout the city, often focused on how they can better use technology to succeed in their mission.  Topics include digital storytelling, web analytics, how to use video, managing online communities, the list goes on and on.  He's on pace to have over 1,000 people attend workshops in 2013 throughout the metro Vancouver area. I've volunteered for the last couple of years to help him and he gives all the thanks to his volunteers, but he truly is the amazing captain steering the ship.  I've learned a lot more than I've given, and my work and organization is better through the time Eli has invested in empowering the non-profit community.