Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson and Evergreen students to receive awards
Courage, compassion and humility will be in the spotlight next Thursday, April 12th (7:00 p.m.) at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People as the 21st annual MTS Young Humanitarian Awards show highlights 27 public school students from school divisions in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson and Evergreen.
“We can’t say enough about these compassionate students and the teachers and parents who mentor them,” says Norm Gould, President of The Manitoba Teachers’ Society. “These kids have beautiful humanitarian hearts and they represent the good in public school students all across Manitoba.”
Most 11-year-olds don’t have a book to their credit, much less one with an endorsement from Malala on the cover. But then, Alliana Rempel is no ordinary Grade 6 student. Alliana’s humanitarian heart has been the impetus behind many personal and school projects at Arborg Early Middle Years School. She’s helped charities bring refugees to the community and spent time during summer holidays tutoring Syrian newcomers. When she was five she sold pictures she painted to raise money for a youth shelter. At eight, she raised over $2,000 for the Malala fund by selling her art to 5 different countries. She is now working on selling enough copies of her book “One” to build a school in Nicaragua.
Mackenzie Clark, a Grade 8 student from École Harrison in Brandon, has been a champion for animals ever since his family took him to his first Brandon Humane Society event. There he met Kali, a three-legged dog whose leg had been amputated because of extreme abuse. From then on, Mackenzie has been a mainstay of support for the Brandon Human Society – raising over $16,000 to date — and a determined advocate for animals. He has met with business, political and community leaders, organized a myriad of fundraising events and spoken at schools and high profile events. Recently, Mackenzie has combined his love for animals with his passion for cycling to create events that make huge contributions to animal welfare.
Hayley Jenkins is a whirlwind of humanitarian activity and a strong promoter of human rights. She’s been an integral part of Hands, Heart, and Hope (H3). Globally she has helped raise thousands of dollars to build schools in Ghana and Sierra Leone, raised awareness about women’s rights overseas and has helped families to buy goats as an alternative income. She has donated countless hours serving humanitarian causes through bake sales, canteens, special events, paint nights, selling t-shirts and jewelry, collecting money in the cold, selling raffle tickets and much more. Hayley has volunteered at Christmas dinners for the homeless, made blankets for the Thompson Crisis Centre and helped raise funds to build a well in Haiti.
Meet Kuamini, Luxton School’s 24-member humanitarian group for Grades 4, 5 and 6. Whether it’s a project for raising awareness, funds, or items for local charities and global initiatives, Kuamini plans are always student generated. The group has raised funds for a family that lost their home in a fire, helped to provide medicine and raised awareness to end child labour in Ethiopia, Haiti and rural China. They’ve raised their voices to support Pink Shirt Day and to end bullying. They’ve held an assembly to talk about the 94 calls to action for Truth and Reconciliation. They’ve taught their fellow students about residential schools on Orange Shirt Day. They are the bright, shining stars of the Luxton community.
Celebrating 21 years of honouring inspiring students!
103.1 Virgin Radio’s Tyler Magz will emcee this year’s Young Humanitarian Awards night that features performances by Canada’s newest singing sensation Faouzia (Carman Collegiate) plus Jeff Kula and the incredible River East Collegiate Percussion Ensemble.
Join us to celebrate inspiring public school students receiving MTS Young Humanitarian Awards Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:00 – 8:10 PM at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People (The Forks). Free admission and refreshments.