15 local youth recognized for excellence

By Lindsay Advocate

Developed by the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes, the Kawartha Lakes Youth Awards were designed to shine a light on the accomplishments of youth with a strong connection to City of Kawartha Lakes.

On Friday, Oct. 9, the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes announced the winners of the awards at a small COVID-19 adapted celebration.

Award categories were created and adjudicated by separate judging committees with representatives from the Club, foundation, and the broader community. Each committee reviewed the materials provided, established a list of finalists and contacted references for each of the finalists before coming to their final decision.

Congratulations to the following award winners:

Arts Achievement Award — Age Division 12-17 Anna Hancin, Age Division 18-24 Emma Couette

BGCKL Club Spirit Award — Age Division 12-17 Robyn Coons, Age Division 18-24 Ebony Suggitt

Entrepreneurship Award — Age Division 12-17 Nathan Tamlin

Green Award — Age Division 12-17 Alexis Benns

Humanitarian Award — Age Division 12-17 Lucas Loveys, Age Division 18-24 Jessica Topfer

Leadership Award — Age Division 12-17 Jacey Mabee, Age Division 18-24 Graham Peeters

Physical Literacy Award — Age Division 12-17 Hayden Vokins, Age Division 18-24 Rosa DeKoker

Resiliency Award — Age Division 12-17 Anna Hancin, Age Division 18-24 Vanessa Everson

Ron Kennedy Scholarship Award —Anna Hancin

“I wish to congratulate all sixty nominees, the finalists, and our award winners” says Dianna Scates, president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes Foundation. “Their stories are inspiring and reinforce that the future of our community and our country is in excellent hands.”

“I’d like to thank all of our partners and sponsors including our Premiere Sponsors Polito Ford and Kawartha Lakes Honda, our Media sponsor BOB FM, and all of our individual Award sponsors and partners: Planet Fitness, CIBC Lindsay, Tim Hortons – Lindsay Street South, Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation, City of Kawartha Lakes Small Business Enterprise Centre, Fleming College and the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council,” says Amy Terrill, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Nominations for the 2021 Kawartha Lakes Youth Awards will be released before the end of the year.

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