New medal recognizes student volunteers
High school students who volunteer their time and talents to their school and community are to be recognized with a new volunteer award.
Each high school in the province will present one of its students with the volunteer award annually, in recognition of his/ her contributions to their school or community.
The antique bronze finished medallions have been sent to each public high school in the province to be presented during their annual awards assemblies.
Designed by Duane Hollett, a Level I student at John Burke High, the medal was unveiled June 3 during a ceremony at the Grand Bank School.
Education Minister Joan Burke felt it was fitting that an award for students was designed by one of their own.
“Many of our students do a significant amount of volunteer work, donating their time, talents and energies to efforts, which have a positive effect on their schools and on individuals and programs within their communities,” Burke said.
Dave Denine, minister responsible for the volunteer and non-profit sector, was also on hand for the ceremony, along Human Resources, Labour and Employment Minister Darrin King.
“ Volunteers are dedicated, considerate and give hope to those who need a helping hand,” said Denine.
“ Duane’s design incorporates these traits into one image that is very appropriate for this award. Many of our young people are giving of themselves for the betterment of their communities,” the minister said.
About 55 per cent of the province’s youth are volunteers, contributing 6.2 million hours of valuable unpaid time each year to their school and communities. This is above and beyond the 30 hours of community service all high school students are required to perform as part of the compulsory Career Education course.
Darrin King, who is also MHA for Grand Bank said: “ Creating a winning design for a provincial competition is no small accomplishment for a student, and knowing that this award will be presented annually must make him very proud.”