12:30 p.m., June 5)
Club of Orléans honours local youth
By Mike Beasley
creativity and leadership skills are just a few important
ingredients which very often lead to success in life.
key attributes and character traits were the common denominators
as the Rotary Club of Orléans handed out their
annual Young People of Character Awards at the Shenkman
Arts Centre on June 4.
young people from across Orléans were
recognized for their accomplishments in a
variety of areas during the annual Rotary
Club of Orléans Yiung People of Character
Award on June 3. Photo courtesy of Mehdi Mahdavi
total of 31 awards were given out to area youngsters who
excelled in one of nine categories creativity,
leadership, social responsibility, positive attitude,
courage, persistence, compassion, entrepreneurship and
commitment to excellence.
have to thank the award recipients for their efforts within
our community, its truly amazing to see what they
have achieved, said Teresa Whitmore, president of
the Rotary Club of Orleans.
addition, we have to honour the parents, coaches, teachers
and mentors for showing this group the meaning of excellence,
ambition, determination, passion and leadership. To have
these leaders working with our youth means the community
of Orléans is doing something right.
present day leaders were in attendance to hand out the
awards and see who these young, impressive up and comers
MP Andrew Leslie presented Celeste Beauchamp with an award
for Social Responsibility, while Ottawa-Orléans
MPP Marie-France Lalonde presented Elizabeth Cowley with
the award for Social Responsibility as well.
Ward city councillor Bob Monette had the honour of presenting
Wiebke Mueller-Meinhard with her plaque for demonstrating
international exchange student from Jever, Germany (near
Hamburg) Mueller-Meinhard has called Orléans her
home since last September and has been enrolled in Grade
11 at École secondaire publique Gisèle-Lalonde
during her stay.
bilingual in German and English, Mueller-Meinhard wanted
to add French to her language repertoire.
trilingual student-athlete got the nod for Courage after
undergoing heart surgery then returning to the playing
field and courts merely weeks later.
am very proud to win this award and really appreciate
that my school and the Orléans Rotary Club have
recognized my efforts because I have loved every second
of my time in this part of Ottawa, Mueller-
Meinhard said, with just a hint of a German accent.
will be going back to Germany in July but has fallen in
love with Eastern Ontario so much that she plans at looking
into the possibility of attending university here in a
couple of years.
is the third year the Rotary Club has held the Young People
of Character Awards. The Rotary Club of Orléans
was chartered in 2008 and is one of nine member Clubs
in the Ottawa region.
Gaella Accime, Richard Gravel, Danick Gratton, Chelsea
Elizabeth Jones, Isabelle Ntirampebura, Annabelle Sauve
and Clarence Jura
Andrew Bardawil, Vanessa Padilla, Anza Rizwan and Julia
Responsibility: Dylan Constantineau, Aexia Gravel
Attitude : Memory Chola
Delphine Devos and Michela Gravel
Elvor Hoydahl Fodnes and Aidan Rody
to Excellence: Philopateer Mark Malek,
Marie-Andree Giroux, Madison Outhwaite, Megan Roy and
Jo-Ann Khoury and Leander Stamatakos
Gabrielle McLaren and Katie Newlove
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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