Award Winning Charitable Programs - A Measure of Excellence

The Layla Isaac Foundation is proud to be a multi award winning organization.  While the awards are appreciated, our beneficiaries appreciate the results and impact! Below is a listing of our accolades.

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The Citizen Recognition Program was created by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to appropriately acknowledge outstanding individuals or groups that make a significant contribution or positive impact for the citizens in our region.  The objective of the award is: 

  • To ensure that outstanding citizens are recognized in the presence of their peers; 
  • To provide a venue to communicate achievements of citizens of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo;
  • To motivate all citizens to positively contribute to the quality of life in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo;
  • To recognize behaviour that creates a culture which builds home and belonging in our region. 



The International Play Association

IPA is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in 1961. IPA’s purpose is to protect and promote children’s right to play as a fundamental human right, as enshrined in article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. IPA has members in close to 50 countries. 

Right to Play Award

On September 16, 2017, the International Play Association bestowed the Right to Play Award to the Layla Isaac Foundation.  Over 700 luminaries from 30+ countries around the world gathered in Calgary for the awards presentation at the IPA World Conference 2017. The award recognizes projects that implement in innovative ways, Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

2016 Horse River Fires

On May 3, 2016, a wildfire swept through the community of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, forcing the immediate evacuation of the entire community of 88,000 people. The fire spread approximately 590,000 hectares and continued to smoulder for over a year, and was fully extinguished on August 2, 2017. It would become the costliest disaster in the history of Canada. 

Importance of Play in Recovery

According to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child: “In emergency and crisis situations, play is often given lower priority than provision of food, shelter and medicines. Opportunities for play have a significant role in helping children recover a sense of normality and joy after their experience of loss, displacement and trauma.” 

Children's PlayDays Project

Our Children's PlayDays project is recognized as a model for protecting, promoting and improving the right of children to play following the 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfires. Our model of play provision is flexible, replicable and scalable to fit the various community contexts.