Each year I am honoured to present Community Citizenship Awards to graduating students who have taken a leadership role and shown an active awareness and concern for people in their school, in their community and sometimes globally as well. This year a scholarship was provided for the Grade 12 recipients.
Award recipients have demonstrated ingenuity, generosity, leadership and integrity in a wide variety of areas. For example, Madison Vanderhooft of Grosvenor School started Cuddles 4 Kids in Winnipeg to bring "cuddles" (stuffed animals) to children who are being transported by ambulance or are witnessing a loved one as they are taken away to hospital. It is now a school-based initiative to collect "cuddles" and Dollarwise Quality Services donates their services to clean them. Madison has spoken about the organization at several schools and collected more than 1,000 stuffed animals to date.
Naomi Epp of École River Heights School worked with her Girl Guide Unit, family and friends to collect clothing, toys and cash for an orphanage in the slums of Nairobi, and she also cut 10 inches of her hair for the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program to help create a real-hair wig for a child who has cancer.
Every year students take pride and show leadership in our community in so many ways including:
• Mentorship programs;
• Raising awareness in pressing social issues and representing Canada at the Barcelona Leadership and Innovations Summit;
• Helping on the school patrol to ensure students get to and from school safely;
• Helping on the school Green Team, and Butterfly Effect Club;
• Writing letters to politicians to address issues of rights and fairness;
• Establishing a school food allergy club
Congratulations to all the recipients of this year’s Community Citizenship Awards.
Ashley Nfon – École J. B. Mitchell School
Natalie Viebrock – Queenston School
Siyan Sriganeshan – Harrow School
Madison Vanderhooft – Grosvenor School
Naomi Epp – École Robert H. Smith School
Kayla Hallam – École Lavérendrye School
Danica Belton – École River Heights School
Nicholas Litardi – École River Heights School
Matthew Lock – St. John Brebeuf School
Casey Nelson – St. Ignatius School
Monica Julia Cenkowski – Grant Park High School
Oreofe Okunnu – St. Mary’s Academy
Hannah Lank – Kelvin High School