Throughout its 20-year history, CW4WAfghan volunteers, supporters and staff have been recognized for their roles in improving access to and the quality of education in Afghanistan, and working to defend women’s and girls’ rights and opportunities. Below we list some examples of this recognition in recent years.

Presidential Citation from the American Library Association (ALA) for Innovative International Library Project awared to the Darakht-e Danesh Library, a CW4WAfghan project (2018)

Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross awarded to co-founders Janice Eisenhauer and Carolyn Reicher

Best Practice in Literacy Award of the Library of Congress awarded to Afghanistan Lowalee / Afghanistan Reads, a CW4WAfghan adult literacy program in Afghanistan (2017)

Alberta Order of Excellence awarded to CW4WAfghan co-founder Janice Eisenhauer (2015). Congratulations to the eight Albertans inducted annually to the Alberta Order of Excellence

lsp_7343 (1) (1)

Janice is shown here with The Honourable Lois Mitchell and the AOE council members (2015). 

Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary Club awarded to current Executive Director Lauryn Oates. The Paul Harris Fellow Award which is the highest honour a club can bestow on a person, either inside or outside the club, acknowledging “service above self” to one’s community, nation or the world (2015)


Dr. Oates receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from North Vancouver’s Rotary Clubs of the West Coast

YMCA Peace Award from YMCA Kingston awarded to Kingston chapter chair and CW4WAfghan Past President, Madeliene Tarasick. This award recognizes local residents who “demonstrate a commitment to building peace within their community or communities elsewhere in the world” (2015)

Kingston Chair, Madeliene Tarasick, receiving the YMCA Peace Award

Rotary Peace Fellowship Award to Susan Hartley of CW4WAfghan Atlantic Chapter and former board member (2015)

Mark DeWolfe Social Action Award from the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga awarded to Barb Wood of Canadians in Support of Afghan Women (CSAW) / CW4WAfghan Chapter in Oakville (2014)

City of Calgary Signature Award to Janice Eisenhauer (2013)

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi  presenting Janice with the City of Calgary Signature Award.

Alumni Leadership Award from Royal Roads University to Lauryn Oates (2013)

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Province of British Columbia for community service to Lauryn Oates (2013)

Lewis Perinbam Award for Volunteerism in International Development awarded by the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) to Janice Eisenhauer (2013)

International Award at the Town of Oakville Community Spirit Awards celebration Oakville awarded to Canadians in Support of Afghan Women (CSAW) / CW4WAfghan Chapter in Oakville (2010)

Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person Case awarded to Bev LeFrancois, CSAW co-founding member and founder of Women of Halton Action Movement (WHAM) for her vision and leadership (2009)

Making A Difference for Women Award from Soroptimist International Calgary to Janice Eisenhauer for her part in the work of CW4WAfghan and her dedicated efforts to improve the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan (2007)

Integrity Award from Rotary Calgary to Janice Eisenhauer (2007)

Global Television Woman of Vision Award to Carolyn Reicher, CW4WAfghan co-founding member and past President, for her work with human rights and Afghan women (2006)

Humanitarian Award from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) awarded to Linda Middaugh, co-founding member of CSAW (Oakville), who was also featured in ETFO’s Women’s History Month poster produced in collaboration with the Women’s Future Fund (2006)

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded to Linda Middaugh, co-founding member of CSAW (2006)

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded to Bev LeFrancois, co-founding member of CSAW (2006)

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service awarded to Janice Eisenahuer (2005)

Alberta Centennial Medal awarded to Janice Eisenhauer in recognition of her outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta (2005)

YMCA Calgary Peace Award in the International category for Calgary CW4WAfghan members for their long-standing contribution to supporting peace and human rights for Afghan women and their families (2002)

Canada Women of Influence initiative from National Post & L’Oreal recognized by Janice Eisenhauer, Lauryn Oates and Bev LeFrancois, CSAW co-founding member (2001)

Women of the Year recognition of Lauryn Oates in Chatelaine magazine (2000)