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Lara Tavares

Lara Tavares

Lara Tavares
Lara is the founder and CEO of Sky’s the Limit Youth Organization. Having grown up in a family surrounded by computers and access to digital information, Lara realized early on that a computer was a valuable resource that offered limitless opportunities. Passionate about technology and its importance in education, Lara felt it was her calling to offer a solution to the Digital Divide in Canada. Lara is responsible for STL operations, implementation, outreach, administration, sourcing of donors and fund development. Targeting students in under-resourced areas, Lara works hand-in-hand with other non-profit organizations to gain first-hand knowledge of which students legitimately require computers. When a student is identified as a potential recipient, Lara stops at nothing until a computer is delivered into his or her hands.

A graduate of Concordia University in 1995, Lara’s previous career included 10 years of experience in Internet/Intranet content creation and management, web site coordination and project management, working for Bell Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Labour and the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy.

Lara, a full-time volunteer, is a 2008 FLARE Volunteer Award winner, (read Lara’s acceptance speech), an AronImage Award 2008 winner, a Harlequin “More than Words” 2009 winner and the winner of a Pricewaterhouse Coopers Individual Leadership Grant for 2008.

Ontario Trillium FoundationThe Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), one of Canada’s leading grant making foundations, is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Their vision is to be a catalyst that enables Ontarians to work together to enhance the quality of life in their communities. They believe that communities across Ontario are rich in talent, creativity and drive, and their grants stimulate communities to build on these assets.

Their mission is to build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario by strengthening the capacity of the voluntary sector, through investments in community-based initiatives.

Their core values and operating principles include:

  • Accountability and transparency
  • Excellence
  • Volunteer and staff leadership
  • Inclusiveness and innovation
  • Integrity and respect

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