2009 YOUTH AWARD WINNERS
YOUTH IN ACTION (YIA)
PRESENTER: INTACT Insurance
Youth in Action is a program for team-oriented youth who want to make a difference in their schools and community by organizing direct outreach and networking activities, including holding an annual Silence the Violence summit. Their projects seek peace-building moments for youth to gather, share their concerns and explore healthy ways of coping with difficulties they face in their lives.
DELANO WASHINGTON GRANT
Westview Centennial Secondary School, Toronto
PRESENTER: BECK Taxi Ltd.
A certified peer mediator, Delano is one busy young man. He states, “I’m the change which I seek in order to better my life and the community of Jane and Finch, which inspires me to accomplish great things.” Amongst many committees, Delano initiated the ESP (Empowering Student Participate) group at his school, to which he sees greater student involvement and esteem.
SOPHIA MARIA GRAN-RUAZ
John Cabot Catholic Secondary School, Mississauga
PRESENTER: RBC Wealth Management
At the young age of 11, Sophia started a charity called Snug As A Bug, Kids helping Kids. This growing program creates care packages for children entering shelters. To date, 10,000 children in nine shelters have received packages. This young lady’s motto is not to “Reach for the Stars” but rather to “Reach Above the Stars”.
JOSÉ RAUL SOLORZANO
Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School, Scarborough
PRESENTER: BMO, Harris Private Banking
Jose carries the mantra of safe school environment. He filmed a documentary on the effect stereotypes have on individuals. José used this project to educate his peers and to bring awareness to new Mary Ward students. Jose shows leadership by mentoring special needs students as well as being executive senior core leader for grade nine students.
LAURECE & LEANNE PRENDERGAST
Woodbridge College, Woodbridge
PRESENTER: PRONTO Reproductions Ltd.
Sisters, Laurece and Leanne, took their professional experience of the social verbal bullying and exclusion to another level. Their experience, coupled with their inspiration to take action, led them to writing a book titled, Getting to Know Me, Love Our Lives: Girls Empowering Girls Into Action. In addition to being authors, these young ladies demonstrate leadership by speaking at workshops to children and adults alike.
LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNERS 2009
YORKWOODS PUBLIC SCHOOL ARTCLUB
PRESENTER: GLUCKSTEIN & Associates LLP
The youngest winners of the year, are the art club students from yorkwoods public school. They used creativity to promote peace in their community. Their selected theme of peace has made a difference in the spirit and presentation of this small school. Meticulous and ever so cautiously these school ambassadors used tiny eggshells to build a mosaic mural. Today that mural also acts as a reminder of how each tiny eggshell and how each young person makes a difference.
Michael Power/ST. Joseph Catholic Secondary School
PRESENTER: W.A.V.E. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
What started off as a PALS leader in her elementary school developed into being the leader of the ESP program at her High School. The ESP goal is to educate and promote safety within the school with the focus on anti-bullying. Alexandra is a strong community volunteer, a peer mentor and a Best Buddy. She truly exemplifies the 3R’s of this award.
SAFETY & WELL-BEING COMMITTEE
Thomas A. Blakelock High School
PRESENTER: SINGER, KWINTER LLP
This school’s simple freshmen assignment on anti-bullying grew into a passion that they all share. The committee is now a leading force in changing the emotional climate of the school. This group developed a “We’re Not Gonna Take it” conference and a online bullying report system which has improved not only the overall school spirit but also the self-esteem of individual students.