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Kawartha Lakes Youth Awards Winners Celebrated

KAWARTHA LAKES-Twenty-eight local young people were recently celebrated for their achievements in a variety of fields at the 4th Annual Kawartha Lakes Youth Awards.  From those finalists, 15 awards, including two scholarships, were handed out.  

“It is an honour to recognize so many young achievers in our community,” says Amy Terrill, Executive Director.  “Their stories of resiliency, dedication to learning and improving their skills, and contributions to the community make them truly exceptional.” 

The event, which is organized by BGC Kawarthas Foundation, was hosted by Kellsie McCullough and Joey Mackey, two accomplished local performers, at Fairview Baptist Church in Lindsay.  With the generous support of sponsors, it is a fundraiser for youth services at the Club which has seen unprecedented growth in the last year due to the addition of the skatepark at BGC Kawarthas’ facility on Lindsay Street.

Two guest speakers were also featured this evening.  Hannah Schevers was a winner of two youth awards in 2022 where she impressed the judges with her advocacy and action in improving the lives of people with disabilities.  By sharing her story and co-creating a social media campaign and movement called Tru Faces, Hannah is breaking down stereotypes and improving the lives of others.

The second speaker, Shahaddah Jack, is the 2022 National Youth of the Year for BGC Canada.  Shahaddah is a poet, activist, photographer, and spoken word artist.  She’s also been a BGC Club kid, volunteer and employee with BGC Eastview in Toronto.  Earlier in the day today, she facilitated a spoken word workshop with youth at BGC Kawarthas.   Shahaddah was chosen from candidates across the country based on their achievements, service and leadership to their Club, school, and community.  

 Two scholarships were awarded:  the Ron Kennedy Scholarship, set up by the family of the late founder of the Club in 2020 for the Club’s 50th anniversary; and the Marcie Beall scholarship (former Club staff) which was established by her family to honour her memory in 2021 after she succumbed to cancer.   

Award Winners:

Arts Achievement Award (Sponsored by Flato, Supported by Kawartha Lakes Arts Council)

12 – 17:   Jenna Dunford

18 – 24:  Christina Dedes

Entrepreneurship Award (Sponsored by KLCFDC & City of Kawartha Lakes)

12 – 17: Rowan Kerr

18 – 24 Laura Butler

Physical Literacy Award (Sponsored by Planet Fitness)

12 – 17: Tie – Amy Lamb and Addison Coulter

18 – 24: Serena Tesic

Resiliency Award (Sponsored by Pinnguaq)

12 – 17:  Landen Edwards-White

18 – 24:  Hannah McCallum

Humanitarian Award (sponsored by Wood-Mizer)

12 – 17:  Matthew DeVuono

Leadership Award (sponsored by Greg Evans Professional Corporation)

12 – 17:  Evan Brown

18 – 24:  Madalynn Murray

BGC Club Spirit Award (Sponsored by Cable Cable)

12 – 17:  Landen Edwards-White

18 – 24:  Mikyla Dietrich

Ron Kennedy Scholarship (Supported by the Kennedy Family):  Sophie Gregory

Marcie Beall Scholarship (Scholarship from the Beall/Lough Families):  Mikyla Dietrich

Congratulations to all!

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