February 5

Posted by: Louise Russo

 2015 Youth & Leadership Awards

Harbord Collegiate Institute-PEER LEADERSHIP – Toronto
This Peer Leadership Team truly instill the meaning of community and equity within their school. Through five key initiatives including: Building Buddy Day, home room visits, grade 9 mentorship and their elementary school partnerships, Harbord Collegiate has it all right! Congratulations to Peer Leadership.

St. James Town Youth Council – Toronto
St. James Town serves one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in Canada and this Youth Council recognizes the importance of empowering their youth. Events like Camp Reality, career exploration, urban flair and talent shows not only engage their community youth but also provide them with unique learning and skill development. St. James Town Youth Council is a great reflection of what Louise Russo awards are truly about!

_M1_2903Vicky Xu – Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute. Toronto 
Vicky is a dynamic, busy young lady is the co-founder of Community Surf and the Undercover Kindness Program. Organizing multiple inclusive events to bring people together and seeing them expand to local schools is a testament to WAVE’s message, “One by one, we could all make a difference”


The Bow Tie Effect – Earl Grey Senior Public School, Toronto
The Bow Tie Effect was initiated by three grade 7 students and has grown to a strong group of 20 in this Toronto school. Understanding the lack of education for girls in third world countries, these students developed the program from scratch and sold bow ties to help raise awareness and funds. Their sense of responsibility and the leadership initiatives continues to move forward at Earl Grey. Congratulations to all our young leaders!

ICE Team – Immaculate Conception Catholic School, Port Perry, ON 
This Port Perry school is a great example of a small school making a big difference. The ICE team is dedicated to the building of the school community by living the mission that every child is to be celebrated. Their spirit assemblies, kindness program and social awareness campaigns received high marks with WAVE judges. Keep up the great work ICE team!

Kate Healy -John F. Ross C.V.I., Guelph, ON
This busy young lady is making a difference near and far. An executive member of “spread the Net”, leader of the “Teens for Jeans” and involved with a Meningitis program are just some of Kate’s leadership roles. Highly respected by teachers and peers, Kate is described as an exceptional student whose leadership sets her apart from others. Congratulations Kate!

Sabrina Denicola – St. Elizabeth Catholic High School, Concord, ON
Sabrina is a leader with compassion. A committed member of the Peer Ministry Team, Empowering Student Partnership and of the York Catholic District School Board representative of the Minister’s Student Advisory Council are just some of the things this WAVE winner exemplifies responsibility and leadership. We are very proud of all your initiatives Sabrina!


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