Here are the winners of the 2018 Pillar Community Innovation Awards

The winners of the 2018 awards include the King's University College course Liberal Arts 101 and the Grand Theatre's 100 Schools Project.

Wins this year ran the gamut from overdose prevention to professional theatre

The Pillar Community Innovation Awards were given out at London Convention Centre Thursday. (Submitted by Lore Wainwright)

Thursday was a big night for London's non-profit community as around 1,000 people gathered at the London Convention Centre to hear the results of the 2018 Pillar Community Awards.

Lore Wainwright, director of Innovation Works, said the event helps people get outside their bubbles and learn what others are doing to make London better.

"Sometimes you walk the streets and see people in need, we see a community that's suffering, we see hearts that are broken and the importance of these awards is it brings everyone together in one evening to see, visualize, conceptualize what is really out there," said Wainwright.

Here's who took home the prizes this year:


Launched in 2017, the Grand Theatre's 100 Schools Project won the community innovation award. The program brings free, professional theatre productions to elementary schools across the city and the surrounding area.

Londoner Mustfah Madlol won the community leadership award for his work with the Boys and Girls Club of London, the Cross Cultural Learner Centre and Oakridge Secondary School.

The Liberal Arts 101 course from King's University College won for community impact. The free seven-week lecture series gives 35 Londoners every year the chance to attend university classes.

London's temporary overdose prevention site won community collaboration.The site at 186 King St. gives drug users a supervised environment to take drugs and learn what social services are available to them. As of Oct. 31, the site has reversed 40 opioid overdoses, according to London's chief medical officer Chris Mackie

Pharmacist and Turner Drug Store owner Jeffrey Robb won the community choice award, a new addition this year. In a news release, Pillar explained that "the causes [Jeffrey] chooses to support are very reflective of his belief in the inclusion of the individuals who are often marginalized within the community, and of the importance of music and culture."