Eight unique young people were recognized and honoured at the 2011 W.A.V.E. Empowering Youth Day, on May 11th, at the Living Arts Centre.
Five Louise Russo Youth Awards and three Leadership Awards were given to students between the ages of nine and 19, who took initiative to enhance their school’s or community’s safety.
Guest speakers and performers shared their stories with over 1,300 youth, teachers, dignitaries and sponsors from across the GTA. Speakers included The Honourable David C. Onley – Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Rick Campanelli, Diane Dupuy, LaToya Rodney and Mark DeMontis. The speakers shared stories to encourage and challenge the audience to take charge of their lives through their daily choices and actions. “Believe that you can make a difference” says Louise Russo, creator of the grassroots not-for-profit organization, Louise Russo W.A.V.E. (Working Against Violence Everyday).