YMCA awards recognize our amazing youth

The Journal and the YMCA want to introduce you to some pretty amazing teens.

The Y is presenting it annual Celebration of Youth awards to outstanding area youth at P.E. McGibbon Public School on May 22.

“The awards celebrate youth who demonstrate the Y values, of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and inclusiveness,” said Gerry Gillis, communication manager at the YMCA in Sarnia.

“There’s less emphasis on academics and more on what we feel are important attributes.”

Some are talented, others innovative or involved. Each was selected following a rigorous process with an application, written essays, a speech, and solo interviews in front of a panel of community members.

Below are all 20 award winners. In coming weeks The Journal will profile the Sarnia honourees. We think you’ll be impressed.

Apprenticeship  – Dalton Baxter, Alexander Mackenzie

International and Humanitarian – Elleke Belet, LCCVI

Volunteerism and Community Service – Loralyn Blondin, SCITS

Creativity Award – Julianne Breen, LCCVI

K. Eileen Wilson Award – Debbie Bullock, North Lambton

Arts and Culture – Michael D’Alessandro, St. Pat’s

Excellence in Leadership – Riley Eyre, SCITS

Celebration of Youth Committee – Michaeline Falla, Northern

Personal Achievement – Tailor Hartley, LCCVI

Science Award – Lydia Hicks, St. Clair

Thelma McMurray – Gabrielle Magnante, St. Pat’s

Philanthropy – Emma McCann, St. Pat’s

Personal Achievement – Molly McKinlay, SCITS

Retired Teachers of Ontario – Emily Murray, LCCVI

Volunteerism and Community Service – Rebekah Pede, St. Clair

Business Development – Kayla Roache, SCITS

YMCA Leadership – Emily Van Eerd, St. Pat’s

McMurray Family – Jessica Vickerd, SCITS

Celebration of Youth Committee – Anastasiya Vinokurtseva, Northern