Youth Week Citizenship Awards
BC Youth Week
This international celebration of youth is held annually during the first week of May. It is a week of fun, interaction and celebration that focuses on building strong connections between young people and their communities and that profiles the issues, accomplishments and diversity of youth across the province.
Wherever Youth Week is celebrated, the idea behind it is the same: Young people are important and need to be recognized in a constructive and positive manner. Their contributions need to be acknowledged and celebrated. This is where the Burnaby Youth Citizenship Awards come in. The Youth Week Committee has created these awards to recognize young people in Burnaby who have volunteered their time and skills, contributed to the community, are great citizens and who may have overcome adversity.
Youth, 18 years and under, who have made an important contribution to their community and who have a positive attitude and demonstrate qualities such as initiative, enthusiasm and commitment – and who may have overcome adversity – qualify. Youth may be nominated by any member of the community who is not a relative. Nominations open in January of each year, with the awards presented during B.C. Youth Week, May 1 to 7. All nominated individuals are recognized by the Mayor and presented with a Citizenship Certificate. The top five nominees will also be awarded with a $100 bursary.
For more information on BC Youth Week and the Youth Citizenship Awards, check out bcyouthweek.com or contact Ryan Gluckman at the Summit Youth Centre: 604-268-1369.
2014 Youth Citizenship Award RecipientsThe Youth Citizenship Awards were presented to the winners by Mayor Corrigan at the City Council Meeting on Monday May 5, 2014. Recipients of a Youth Citizenship Award include Aishwi Roshan, Anthony Wong, Aslan Youdan, Caitie Sturm, Elijah Sherlock, Hannah Aubert, Jeanne d’arc Mabalama, Jenny Ho, Jeo Mateo, Jess Ashton, Jet Thorsteinsson, Joey Di Pietro, Jordan Strachan, Julia Sharma, Julie Schlegel, Mary Yanya Erasto, Nathan Marsh, Nicolle Salas, Shadab Sharafiar, Theo Best, and Victoria Thein.
Five youth have been selected as the top winners of this year’s citizenship awards and have received a $100 bursary. These youth have gone over and above to make a difference in Burnaby and beyond while maintaining personal, academic, extracurricular involvement: Albert Cherng, Andy Lin, Maisaloon Al-Ashkar, Si Jia Wen, and Vanessa Bui. This year’s Burnaby Youth Week logo contest winner is Mohsen Baghalha.