$5,000 scholarship awarded to North York teen
It is Alexis Riley’s integrity and perseverance that has led her to become one of the winners of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada Scholarship. The award is presented to recipients who have shown and continue to show community involvement.
Riley acknowledges her mom, a harm reduction worker, for encouraging her to help those in need in their community. She said, it was through following her mother’s example that she was able to help women and youth who have been victims of rape or human trafficking.
“I love helping people like my mom [does], and I am really into social justice,” said the Grade 12 student from Earl Haig Secondary School in North York.
Riley has demonstrated commitment to her community by volunteering with the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre.
“I do a lot of outreach and events, like participating in their runs and bowling to raise money for the centre,” she said.
She is also part of the equity committee with the Toronto District School Board, where she helps teach students about privilege and stereotyping.
Riley hopes to pursue a career in criminology, where she can continue to help people in the community who have gone down the wrong path in life.