New medal rec­og­nizes stu­dent vol­un­teers

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

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.”

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