June 5

Posted by: Louise Russo

2016 YOUTH & LEADERSHIP AWARDS

Tools With Impact (Ottawa, ON)
Tools With Impact is this year’s top ranking winner and with every reason. From Ottawa, this organization was founded with the mission to supporting villages in Mozambique with tools to build and repair homes and schools. Expanded to 12 branches with over 375 members, Tools With Impact is on track to provide over $40,000 worth of school supplies to students overseas by the end of this year.
Congratulations, to one of its leader, Zach Graves, and his team for incredible work!

JAIDYN McCARTY (Saint John’s, NB)
This WAVE winner is from Saint John’s NB. A busy young lady Jaidyn is a Beyond The Hurt Anti-Bullying Facilitator, a volunteer teacher’s assistant, VP of Human Resources at her Junior Achievement chapter and an active Girl Guide volunteer amongst her long list of making a difference. Described to have making a marked contribution to the life and spirit in her school and community Jaidyn also maintains high honours academic standing. Congratulations Jaidyn, keep up your fantastic work.

TIME TO CHANGE – ROBERTA BONDAR PUBLIC SCHOOL (Brampton, ON)
This group of grade 7 and 8 students are part of Roberta Bondar’s Time To Change Club. Their presentations and drama skits to younger peers and a local community school makes their bullying prevention goal a winner with WAVE 2016. Achievements include #ShareaSmile campaign; Day of Pink activities and work with an international delegate all contribute to ensuring students feel welcomed and safe. Congratulations to Time To Change Club. WAVE is thrilled to honour you as our top Junior Youth Award winners.

JOEY BUCCI (Toronto, ON)
This role-model scored top notch points for his wide range of community and school initiatives. Whether he is mentoring grade 9 students, creating avenues for students to report bullying issues or planning events for autism, Joey is making a difference both inside and outside his school. A proactive, responsible grade 12 student, Joey is described as a humble young man who is always ready to go beyond his role. Keep up your leadership Joey, you are making a difference!

NASTEHA MOHAMED – WESTVIEW CENTENNIAL S.S. (Toronto, ON)
This future social worker is passionate about volunteering and making her community a better place to live, work and play.Her commitment to Success Beyond Limits enables her to help young girls find ways to express themselves in a positive way when conflict arises. Described as a true leader Nasteha’s work in her often challenged community makes a difference for many young children. Kudos Nasteha!

STOP THE STIGMA, ST. MICHAEL’S CHOIR SCHOOL (Toronto, ON)
Stop the Stigma team at St. Michael’s Choir School meet weekly to focus on mental health issues and how they could be part of improving the mental health of their school community. Presenting to their grade 7 and 8 peers, Stop the Stigma, have seen a positive ripple effect filtering throughout their school as students become more aware and more open to talk about this invaluable topic. Congratulations and keep up this important work boys!

REFUGE 4 REFUGEE – ROBERT F. HALL (Caledon East, ON)
This inspiring Refuge 4 Refugee group created #dosomething to help spread awareness of the Syrian crisis throughout their school. Thanks to their hard work, commitment and collaboration with chaplaincy and a sponsor, they were able to sponsor a family of nine to Canada. Meeting the family and engaging them in the community saw this group’s project flourish to new heights. Refuge 4 Refugee is clearly a team made up of inspiring leaders!

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