Public Service & Awards

Salt Spring Forum - Advisor

Club of Budapest - Member

Aurora Institute - Advisor
Innovative research & public education about the role and structure of the corporation.

PEN Canada - Member, patron
Defending freedom of opinion, as guaranteed by Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Darwin Project Council - Member
Accelerating the shift in Western education and media from "old" survival-of-the-fittest Darwinian theory to the "new" Darwinian theory supported by science: caring, love, and moral evolution as primary drives in human emergence and evolution. David Loye, Founder

Center for Partnership Studies - Advisor
Partnership: commitment to a way of life based on harmony with nature, nonviolence, and gender, racial, and economic equity; based on groundbreaking research by the founders, Riane Eisler & David Loye.

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Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence - International Council Member
SAIV was founded by Riane Eisler with Nobel Peace Laureate Betty Williams, to stop intimate violence—the training ground for the violence of war, terrorism, political repression, and crime.

The Partnership for Children's Health and the Environment - Signatory/supporter
North American coalition with over ninety members representing government, academic, medical and community-based organizations committed to protecting current and future generations from harmful environmental exposures.

Children's Environmental Health Center - Advisor
First academic research and policy center (in U.S.) to examine the links between exposure to toxic pollutants and childhood illness; Department of Community and Preventive Medicine of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Collaborative for Health and the Environment - Partner
Nonpartisan partnership working to further knowledge, action and cooperation regarding environmental contributors to disease and other health problems.

Ryan's Well Foundation - Honorary Patron
Promoting clean drinking water, working with partners in the public and private sector to address health needs in developing countries.

Generation Green - Advisor
Giving parents a voice in advocating for an environmental policy that protects children.

Canadian Pediatric Society - Honourary MemberTop

Selected Awards

The Order of Canada, 1983

The Order of British Columbia, 2001

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012

Doctor of Letters (Hon.), Wilfrid Laurier University

Fred Rogers Integrity Award, 2006

British Columbia Hall of Fame, 2005

Doctor of Letters (Hon.), University of British Columbia, 2005

Doctor of Music (Hon.), University of Victoria, 2004

Early Childhood News, Directors’ Choice Award (The Singable Songs Collection), 1998

Global 500 Forum, U.N.E.P., 1994

Earth Communications Office, 1993

United Nations Environmental Achievement Award, 1992

Bowling Proprietors Association of America, 1989

Canadian Institute of the Arts for Young Audiences (AYA Award), 1988

Numerous Parent’s Choice and American Library Association Notable Recording Awards


Record Industry Awards

SOCAN, Special Achievement Award for contribution to Canada’s Musical Heritage, 2000

Juno Award, Best Children’s Album (Bananaphone), 1994

National Association of Record Merchandisers (NARM) Best Seller Awards, 1986 and 1987

The Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), 1990


Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

Platinum Award for Baby Beluga

Platinum Award for Singable Songs For the Very Young

Gold Award for One Light, One Sun

Gold Award for More Singable Songs

Gold Award for Raffi’s Christmas Album

Gold Award for Rise and Shine

Gold Award for Everything Grows


Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA)

Triple Platinum Award for Singable Songs For the Very Young

Double Platinum Award for More Singable Songs

Double Platinum Award for Baby Beluga

Platinum Award for The Corner Grocery Store

Platinum Award for Rise and Shine

Platinum Award for Raffi’s Christmas Album

Gold Award for One Light, One Sun

Gold Award for Everything Grows

Gold Award for Bananaphone


Notable Nominations

Juno Nomination, Best Children’s Album (Raffi Radio) , 1995

Grammy Nomination, Best Recording for Children (Bananaphone), 1994

Nominated for Environmental Media Award (Evergreen Everblue music video), 1991

Grammy Nomination, Best Recording for Children (Raffi In Concert With The Rise And Shine Band), 1988

Grammy Nomination, Best Recording for Children (Everything Grows), 1987


Video Awards

American Lung Association, Blue Sky Award (Evergreen Everblue), 1992

Gstrongini Award, Best Children’s Program or Series (Raffi In Concert With The Rise And Shine Band), 1990

Action for Children’s Television (ACT) Award for Excellence in Children’s Programming (Raffi In Concert With The Rise And Shine Band), 1989


Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
Certified Quintuple Platinum Awards

A Young Children’s Concert With Raffi video, 1990

Raffi In Concert With The Rise And Shine Band video, 1990


Book Awards

ABA-CBC Joint Committee/Children’s Books Mean Business (The Raffi Singable Songbook and Shake My Sillies Out)

American Bookseller/“Pick of the Lists” Award (Down By The Bay, The Raffi Singable Songbook, The Second Raffi Songbook, and Shake My Sillies Out)

Child Study Association/Books of the Year (The Raffi Singable Songbook, The Second Raffi Songbook, and Shake My Sillies Out)

International Reading Association, Children’s Book Council, “Children’s Choice” (Five Little Ducks)

Reading Rainbow Review Book (Shake My Sillies Out )

National Conference of Christians and Jews/The Human Family Understanding Other People (Shake My Sillies Out)

Book Of The Month Club (The Raffi Christmas Treasury and Raffi’s Top Ten Songs to Read)Top

Pediatric Society Award

The Canadian Pediatric Society named Raffi Cavoukian their 2010 Honorary Member, an award Raffi said he felt honoured to receive. This honour is for the Child Honouring work Raffi has engaged in recent years, and now with the Centre for Child Honouring. Past recipients include Senator Landon Pearson and The Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.



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