2008 YOUTH AWARD WINNERS
Fleming Public School – Toronto
PRESENTER: BMO, Harris Private Banking
A youth initiative for the Malvern Community was developed through the creative leadership of Laxmi Parthasarathy. MY ROOTS (Malvern Youth Recognizing Their Opportunities to succeed) is a community student run newspaper that is distributed to schools, churches, community centers, libraries and malls and reflects all the positive things young people are doing in the community. Students are encouraged to submit opinions, suggestions, articles and stories and then it is students that put together the paper. Local businesses support the paper with advertising. It is a project that connects the community and provides a creative outlet for youth participation.
Westview Centennial Secondary School – Toronto
PRESENTER: Beck Taxi Ltd.
Matthew has grown up in the Jane & Finch area of Toronto, and knows only too well the obstacles a student can face. But his community also inspires him and that is why he joined the school program “Shoot with This”. The program and his mentor have inspired Matthew to enroll in Seneca College’s Broadcasting & Television program and give back to his community. Matthew is using his creative skills in film to work with local youth in the Jane & Finch area to portray all the things from the community that inspire him and others. He believes media needs to start highlighting the positive stories rather than the negative.
MEGHAN KATHLEEN WALKER
St. Pius X Catholic School- Toronto
PRESENTER: Pronto Reproduction Ltd.
Meghan has devoted herself to community causes at a very young age, she is just 14. That commitment is reflected in her outlook on life and what makes a peaceful and tolerant society. Meghan will tell you she learned this through a young girl that she befriended three years ago and is now just six years old. Olivia is blind and every morning Meghan helps Olivia get ready for school, walks her to school and in her spare time holds charity events to raise money for the CNIB. More than just a buddy, Meghan has taken on the role of a community leader to ensure that Olivia’s needs are being met, that she is safe and happy wherever she goes.
BULLYING & VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROJECT- YRDSB (York Region)
Armadale Public School- Markham
PRESENTER: Bell Canada
A core group of 30 intermediate students from six schools came together to make five short videos about bullying. Over four months including Saturdays the students came together to work on the project. The videos were written, created and produced by the students. They explore student experiences of violence including school sports, during lunch, during class, cyber-bullying and female relationships. As one of the students that worked on the project said “it takes a lot to stand up, some of our friends made fun of us for wanting to do this.”
Kipling Collegiate Institute- Toronto
PRESENTER: RBC Wealth Management
Revati carries the mantra of a safe school environment, that’s when she is not busy playing badminton, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and doing amazing in her grades. She is both a Trainer and Peer Facilitator for the YOUCAN Program at Kipling Collegiate Institute. Revati has taken a leadership role in developing the peer mediation programs that have supported over 100 students in the last two years. Revati represented Toronto at the national YOUCAN symposium. The staff at Kipling Collegiate Institute both praise and recognize that the success in the program is a result of the commitment and passion of students like Revati.
LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNERS 2008
PRESENTER: Singer, Kwinter LLP
Kyle Jeremy Francis
PRESENTER: W.A.V.E. Board of Directors
PRESENTER: Gluckstein & Associates LLP