2012 recipient of 3M Health Leadership Award announced


Award highlights diverse approaches to improving community health

TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2012 – Health Nexus and 3M Canada are pleased to announce that Noor Din, founder of Human Endeavour is the 2012 recipient of the 3M Health Leadership Award.

Now in its second year, the 3M Health Leadership Award honours the outstanding range of leaders who have a significant impact on the health of their community in Canada. These leaders demonstrate an ability to create change and inspire others with the goal of improving the health of their community by addressing the social and economic factors that influence well-being.

Noor Din is the founder of the non-profit Human Endeavour, an organization which harnesses partnerships and social enterprise models to meet community needs. His passion for innovation and creativity has helped to grow and sustain employment and seniors support programs which reach hundreds of people across the Greater Toronto Area, many of them from the city’s diverse ethno-racial communities.

“Noor Din is such an important leader within his community. His approaches were not only innovative but they also were specifically tailored to the needs of his community and have been replicated elsewhere,” says Pat Small, Community Manger at 3M Canada.

The 2012 finalists are similarly accomplished. They include: Jackie Bajus, Christopher Morgan, Baldev Mutta, and Vicki Van Wagner.

“What stands out about this year’s winners is their ability to engage stakeholders on a variety of projects, and their strong commitment to reduce health inequities” says Barb Willet, Executive Director of Health Nexus.  “Each one has worked tirelessly for many years, to address critical issues facing their communities. We are thrilled to celebrate with these leaders and applaud their outstanding efforts.”

Research confirms the strong link between our health, and the opportunities to work, play, learn and contribute to our community.  The 2012 recipient and finalists of the 3M Health Leadership Award are champions of change and exemplify the breadth and scope of what it takes to create these conditions for health. By recognizing these leaders, Health Nexus and 3M Canada hope to inspire others across the country.

The 2012 recipient and finalists will be celebrated at the Award Gala on December 6th, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario. Registration for the Gala is now open.



Innovation Award 2010


Human Endeavour won Innovation Award by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in 2010.



Vaughan, ON. November 11, 2010: Human Endeavour is pleased to share that its innovative initiative HOPE was declared a winner for Innovation Award 2010 by the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care at Innovation Expo held on 10 Nov 2010.

HOPE (Healthy Outcomes of Preventive Engagements)presented research evidence demonstrating regular preventive engagements with seniors carried out and sustained by Human Endeavour with 600 diverse and mixed seniors in the York Region since 2005 yielded a range of healthy outcomes in the form of seniors' improved (physical, mental & emotional) health, and reduced weaknesses & vulnerability.

The study measuring impact (healthy outcomes) of variety of activities (preventive engagements) with the said seniors was funded by Michael DiBiase Foundation in May 2010. The Program, which delivered variety of preventive engagements with seniors, was implemented through Integrating Communities Wellness & Prevention (ICWP) Program in partnership with CHATS, and funded by Central LHIN and United Way of York Region. Various sub-program components were added each year which were funded by Government of Canada, Elder Connections, Human Endeavour's founding members and community members, with the valuable support of more than 93 volunteers.

Creating 'Health, Hope & Happiness' for seniors as essence of active and graceful aging at home has been Human Endeavour's mission since the start of ICWP project in 2005, which over the years showcased innovative approaches in community participations, creative programming, optimal use of scare resources, grassroots-mainstream partnerships and collaboration, and maximizing the use of existing services.


Noor Din Announced City of Vaughan's Civic Hero - Ward 3 Civic Hero Award, 2007

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Noor Din arrived in Canada from Pakistan in 1990. Over the years, he has become involved in many cultural, community and senior organizations in the City of Vaughan, giving his time to develop programs and activities that help others integrate into Canadian society. Among Mr. Din's numerous accomplishments include the founding of Human Endeavour, a not-for-profit organization he created to combat poverty, and promote peace and democracy in developing countries around the world.

Mr. Din has served as Vice-President of the Seniors' Association of Vaughan Initiative (SAVI), a senior services group based in Vaughan, and is also active with the Punjabi Community Health Centre to provide culturally appropriate services to the South Asian community in York and Peel Regions. 

He has used his experience in the technology industry to offer free computer classes to new immigrants at the Pierre Berton Resource Library.

Mr. Din's other involvement includes: the Vaughan Community Health Centre Advisory Committee; the Central LHIN Seniors Advisory Committee; Community Leadership Resources, United Way of York Region; COSTI Immigrant Services; Community Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS), and the City of Vaughan's Community Equity and Diversity Committee.



“ I was extremely impressed with Human Endeavour's projectto improve the health of seniors. Their innovation and holistic approach clearly promotes wellness in the community.” 

Deb Mathews - the Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care

"HOPE’s innovation and strength, like so many of Human Endeavour's programs, is its utter simplicity - immersed in the social and cultural fabric of a community, delivered in places and spaces where people are and naturally congregate, presented in languages that people understand, grounded in evidence and research.  This is why United Way of York Region remains honoured to fund this community-based program."

Daniele Zanotti - CEO, United Way of York Region

“Winning of the Innovation Award 2010 by the Ontario Ministry of Health is recognition of Human Endeavour's collaborative approach to implement innovative, community-based, cost-effective solutions, creatively, which reduce the burden on the health care system. For us, it is a vote of confidence that innovations are doable, replicable and the best way forward.” 

Noor Din, Executive Director, Human Endeavour
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Health & Wellness

HOPE & HOPE Adult Day Program provide scientifically proven fitness programs for seniors and other community members through specialists.

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Economic Development

Explore the innovative method of improving community's economic conditions through landmark EPIC social enterprising model.

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Environment & Green Energy

The pioneer project of Solar Panel Installation in York Region by a non-profit organization. Also, take a tour of our Community Gardens.

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Community Development

Tons of community development and support activities including Moms & Tots training sessions, festivals and more.

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Training & Workshops

Find out the right training for your career, from a range of simple MS Office to High Tech Solar Panel Installation Training.

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Knowledge Exchange

A valuable resource of extensive research conducted by Human Endeavour about community related issues at root level.