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North Vancouver student receives Terry Fox Humanitarian Award worth $28K

July 06, 2021

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​North Vancouver grad Mary England has received a Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, it was announced on June 28, 2021. | Courtesy Terry Fox Humanitarian Award

By Ben Bengtson, North Shore News.

A North Vancouver high school graduate is one of 16 students from across the country to receive the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award for 2021, it was announced recently.

Mary England of Carson Graham Secondary has been awarded an individual scholarship valued at $28,000 in recognition of humanitarian work which demonstrated “courage and determination through academics, athletics, and civic life,” it was announced in a news release on June 28.

“In receiving the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, these individuals are being recognized for living the qualities of the award namesake, Terry Fox, known the world over for his extraordinary sense of purpose and the ideals of courage, determination, and altruism,” stated John Kearsey, chairperson of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, in the release.

Of the more than 700 applicants for this year’s awards, England’s resume stood out in large part due to her fundraising campaigns for Covenant House, which have helped raise more than $60,000 to fund programs for at-risk and homeless youth.

“It is my ambition to eliminate teenage homelessness,” stated England, who is planning to study engineering at McMaster University.

In high school, England led the Math Club, tutored and was passionate about STEM, experimenting with new technologies for the First Robotics Team, according to the release.

Marking its 39th year, the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award was established in 1982 with the goal of honouring and advancing the humanitarian legacy of Terry Fox by encouraging Canadian youth to emulate his spirit.