Youth Recognition Awards
The Youth Recognition Award recognizes youth who have recorded noteworthy achievements in some endeavor. This award could also be conferred upon an individual who has achieved considerable progress in a particular endeavor, thus exhibiting the ability and commitment for personal change and growth. Such areas could include:
- Making great personal strides;
- Overcoming personal or societal barriers; or
- Demonstrating or possessing outstanding music, scholastic, art or sports acumen.
Sabrina Perera is an outstanding student who has engaged with our community in many ways including volunteering for Santa's Breakfast, the Creative Arts Show, End Polio Campaign, and Entertainment Night. She is an active member of Interact Club, Student Council and the founder and president of "Sewing for a Cause" Club. Sabrina is leaving a long-lasting footprint that extends beyond the scope of our school.
Olivia has been an amazing work experience student this year. She was proactive in the program from the get-go, starting her hours at Grouse Mountain over the summer before her grade 10 year. Olivia has been working with the Wildlife Rangers up at Grouse, and has gone above and beyond the course requirements. Not only did she finish her course work well ahead of time, she has completed almost twice the required hours for the course. Olivia showed such initiative, that she was offered a paid position at Grouse over the holiday season. Olivia's supervisor has said that Olivia is an excellent worker, who arrives early, takes responsibility, and doesn't hesitate to jump in and participate. She is outgoing and keen to learn, and they hope to keep her as a volunteer for as long as she is willing. While Olivia has more than completed the course, she wishes to continue her volunteering at Grouse, and already has plans for where she will volunteer next year when she registers for her grade 11 work experience course.
Harry is a grade 11 student at Windsor Secondary and is enrolled in the Work Experience Program. He has a very nice sense of humor and is quite smart. Harry joined the Work Experience program this year and made a great impression at the school with the office staff and work experience staff, completing tasks around the school and assisting anyone who needs help. Harry also regularly volunteers in his old elementary school library. His supervisor has said that Harry does a great job at the library, is friendly and respectful, and needs little direction once he has been given a task. She mentioned that if she double checks books have been put back in the correct order, Harry has always placed them in exactly the right spot. Here at school, Harry enjoys solving the Career Centre's "Riddle of the Week," and is always ready to engage in discussion about current events.
Emily has truly engaged in the Work Experience course at Windsor to explore career options. Emily started volunteering at Grouse Mountain as soon as she was eligible for the course in the summer before her grade 10 year. After wrapping up more than half of her required hours in the summer, Emily continues to pursue other volunteer options in hopes of finding her true passion; she even showed up to work alongside a plumber over the holidays when most of the crew didn't make it due to snow. Emily's employers have said she is super friendly, willing to take on anything, punctual, and has a great attitude. One of her employers said she was the best student they have had on in six years! In addition to all of her work experience through the school, Emily works as a dance teacher assistant throughout the summer. She is also enrolled in Peak Performers at Windsor, and dances 15-20 hours per week.