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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 Citizenship Award

Youth, under the age of 19, 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 Raj Gill at Summit Youth Centre: 604-268-1369.

2019 Youth Citizenship Award Recipients

Youth Citizenship Award Recipients

The Youth Citizenship Awards were presented to the winners by Mayor Hurley at the City Council Meeting on Monday, April 29, 2019. 

Recipients of the Youth Citizenship Award 2019  included Alyana Lalani, Aleksandra Radoja, Andre Christo Wong, Ariana Kia-Kojouri, Arnauld Alandou, Arville Alexi Caguiat, Brandon Lee, Clara Souza, Cole Stoney, Jasmine Lyck, Jacqueline Lai, Justin Mah, Kibalo Mvano, Mackenzie Unsworth, Mark Wong, Nadia Rezvie, Oliver Pan, Paige Easter, Rania Chen, Samantha Mercado, and Sameer Esmail. 

Five youth were selected as the top winners of the 2019 citizenship awards and 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: Alexei Villareal, Ian Dominique Caguiat, Ibreez Asaria, Ishan Ghimire, and Siddharth Palatt Kannankai.  This year’s Burnaby Youth Week logo contest winner is Celina Zhong.

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