The late Eva Markvoort with her aunt Geri
Since 2004, KPMG has recognized people who go above and beyond in the community by honouring them with a Community Leader Award. Geri Markvoort, a Cystic Fibrosis Canada - Toronto & District Chapter board member, was nominated as a recipient of the 2011 KPMG National Community Leader Award for her exceptional volunteer efforts in the GTA. National recipients receive a $2,000 donation from KPMG to the charity of their choice and will also be honoured at an upcoming Partners’ Conference.
Geri has been with KPMG for 15 years. Her parents came to Canada from Holland, and she has always recognized how fortunate she was to be educated and to live in this great country. It is that gratitude which has led Geri to give back at each stage of her career. She has been on a number of committees and boards including serving as chair of the board at George Brown College and serving as a board member with Dress for Success Toronto. Her most recent endeavor however, is her most personal.
Geri’s niece Eva Markvoort had cystic fibrosis. She received a double lung transplant four years ago. Eva lived her life to the fullest — experiencing all the things she wasn’t able to do before she received her new lungs. Sadly just one year later, Eva’s body rejected her new lungs and she passed away only days before her 25th birthday.
During her life, Eva touched a million readers with her blog http://65redroses.livejournal.com/ — describing her journey with cystic fibrosis and the transplant that gave her life back, albeit briefly. Her courage and passion inspired family, friends and readers around the globe and helped raise awareness of cystic fibrosis.
Before Eva passed away, she asked her family to continue working to find a cure for this disease. That’s what led Geri to join the board of the Toronto & District Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Geri’s love and commitment to her young niece are truly lived out every day through her contributions to our organization.
Geri’s extraordinary contributions and passion clearly stood out amongst the numerous nominations received for the 2011 KPMG National Community Leader Award. We agree that Geri truly exemplifies community leadership and is most definitely deserving of this award. Congratulations, Geri!