$5,000 schol­ar­ship awarded to North York teen

Bayview Post - - News - — KK

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.

Alexis Ri­ley

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