7:30 a.m., June 25)
Outstanding Youth Awards honour accomplishments of 23
By Fred Sherwin
Ward Coun. Bob Monette presents an Orleans
Outstanding Youth Award to Brianna Clarke
from St. Matthew High School. Fred Sherwin/Photo
White is a 10-year-old cancer survivor and fundraiser.
Kevin Yang is a gifted pianist and student, and Carolyn
Williams is an Honour Roll student and successful athlete
who also happens to have type-1 diabetes.
of these young people are outstanding in their own unique
way and on Sunday they were joined by 20 other amazing
kids at the Orléans Online Outstanding Youth Awards.
year's awards ceremony was held in the theatre at École
secondaire Béatrice-Desloges. The youngest recipient was
seven-year-old Braeden Clements who has raised over $4,500
in the fight against cancer by selling lemonade in memory
of his late grandfather. He raised over $2,000 alone,
selling lemonade the day before the award ceremony.
Ryder Peterson received an award for his work in raising
awareness about autism. The St. Clare Catholic School
student was diagnosed with the condition when he was four.
As an advocate and fundraiser for fellow autistic children
he's been invited to speak on Parliament Hill a number
of times and is a regular participant in the Parliament
Hill ceremonies for World Autism Awareness Day.
past winter, Chantal Prouse, 15, won a gold medal at Skate
Canada Eastern Ontario sectionals and was the 2014 winner
of Skate Canada's Volunteer Program Assistant of the Year
Award for Eastern Ontario. She's also managed to maintain
a 90 per cent average at Béatrice Desloges where
she recently graduated from Grade 9.
Williams was one of five students from St. Peter High
School who received an award. The Grade 11 student has
managed to overcome a thyroid condition and type-1 diabetes
to become a gifted athlete in soccer, hockey and rugby
while mainaining an 88 per cent average at school. She
was recently named to the provincial under-18 rugby team
and has raised over $23,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes
recipients from St. Peter include Nicolas Cosenza, 14,
Jacinta DaNova, 15, and singers Lindsay White and Michelle
Treacy, both 17, who also performed for the 150 people
who attended the award gala.
Wilson Secondary School and Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary
School weren't far behind St. Pete's with three recipients
each. Among the award winners from Cairine Wilson was
Alexia Lamothe, who recently won a bronze medal in the
100-metre hurdles at the OFSAA provincial track and field
championships, and Meghan Bryson, 17, who is active on
the student council and has raised over $6,000 in the
school's annual Relay4Life in honour of her late father
who passed away from cancer when she was seven.
Parameswaran was the other recipient from Cairine Wilson.
The 16-year-old, Grade 10 Honour Roll student is an avid
rugby player, pianist and volunteer who also holds an
advanced brown belt in jiu-jitsu.
Wil's award recipients were Sabrina Chan, 15, Amanda Collie,
16, and Sara Siddiqi, 15. Chan is an accomplished fashion
model and musician with a 90 per cent average, while Collie
is a member of the senior girls basketball team and an
active member of the student council who created and designed
over 100 costumes for the high school's production of
"My Fair Lady".
is an accomplished student and a zealous champion in the
fight against autism.
the other award recipients on Sunday were Cassandra Lavigne
and Audrey Matheson, both 16, from École secondaire
Garneau; Kevin Yang, 13, from Henry Larsen Elementary
School; Ashley Mbwa, 9, from École élémentaire
Le Prélude; Ashley De Almeida, 16, from Collège
catholique Samuel-Genest; and Brianna Clarke, 16, from
St. Matthew High School.
De Almeida and Clarke are members of Leeming Danceworks
which had an incredibly successful competitive season,
winning dozens of awards in Montreal, Toronto, Niagara
Falls and Ottawa.
two girls were among the six young artists who performed
at the awards. They each danced a solo routine and then
joined forces for a duet before being joined on stage
by a dozen other dancers from Leeming to present this
year's Miza Davie Award .for a lifetime commitment for
youth to Leeming Danceworks owner Sharon Leeming Mann.
Powell from École secondaire Gisèle-Lalonde
also performed at the awards along with Lindsay White
and Michelle Treacy from St. Peter, while Danielle Lemieux
did a reprisal of her Gloucester Music Club performance
of "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables.
Orléans Online Outstanding Youth Awards were first
organized in 2003 as a way to celebrate the many accomplishments
of area youth. Since there inception more than 190 individuals
have received an award.
awards were made possible thanks to the support of a number
of sponsors including J.A. Laporte Flowers and Nursery,
M.L. Bradley Ltd., J.T. Bradley's Country Convenience
Store in Navan and TMSI Sports Management.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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