Woman sitting at desk with computer in the background. She is wearing glasses on top of her head, has short brown hair and is wearing a blue shirt.

Evgeniya Lapanov of Geniya Design


Every year Spark presents the Spark Outstanding Pro Bono Award at the Volunteer Manitoba Volunteer Awards Gala. We look forward to this day every year because it gives us a chance to recognize some of our volunteers and the impact their pro bono work has on the community, as well as celebrate volunteerism in Manitoba.


From now until awards night, we are celebrating the nominees for the Spark Outstanding Pro Bono Award, and their contributions to their community through a series of volunteer profiles. 


Today we are profiling Award nominee Evgeniya Lapanov!


Evgeniya is a web graphic designer and marketing specialist with over ten years of experience. The founder of Geniya Design, she is multi-skilled in all aspects of design including developing design concepts for websites, social media platforms, newsletters, ads, brochures, and billboards. 


She came to Spark in 2018 wanting to donate her skills and has since completed 2 successful matches. She is nominated for her most recent work with the Manitoba Coalition of Community Action Program for Children (MCCAPC).


MCCAPC “builds sustainability of Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) projects across Manitoba by providing opportunities for the united advocacy and promotion, knowledge transfer, resource sharing, and relationship building across the province.” Their “vision is that all Manitoba CAPC projects are adequately resourced to serve the vulnerable families within their respective communities. The coalition is made up of 14 organizations across Manitoba”


MCCAPC approached Spark wanting to design a brochure that would “catch the eye of decision makers in the Federal and Provincial Governments.” 


With her experience in design and marketing, Evgeniya was the perfect volunteer for the job.


For several months Evgeniya worked with the coalition to design a brochure that communicated “the impact of [their] programs and services” According to the coalition, Evgeniya “transformed the lengthy content [they] drafted into a powerful, visually appealing, approachable document to share with various audiences.” 


The coalition found Evgeniya “genuine in her desire to work on a project that could make a difference in the lives of children/families living in poverty in Manitoba.” Without the knowledge of design and no resources to pay for a designer, the coalition found Evgeniya’s “knowledge and experience were invaluable to this process and final product.”


The impact of Evgeniya’s work is far reaching. According to the Coalition “this project could influence the sustainability of 14 not-for-profit organizations across Manitoba and thereby ultimately lead to positive social outcomes for thousands of children in Manitoba.”


Thank you Evgeniya for your amazing graphic design work!


For more volunteer profiles check out Danielle Harvey-Wilson, Sheila Young, Kelly Thibodeau, Margo Powell, and Melanie Houde!