Achieve­ments hon­oured

Lau­ren­tian Val­ley coun­cil presents awards to out­stand­ing youth from town­ship

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LAU­REN­TIAN VAL­LEY – The town­ship rec­og­nized six of its bright­est young peo­ple Tues­day night.

At the start of the reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, Mayor Steve Ben­nett hon­oured this year’s Out­stand­ing Youth Award re­cip­i­ents.

Each year, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity doles out the awards to stu­dents at­tend­ing one of the four high schools whose catch­ment ar­eas in­clude Lau­ren­tian Val­ley: Fel­lowes, Bishop Smith, Jean­neLa­joie and Équinoxe.

In ad­di­tion to en­rol­ment at one of those schools, the youth must be res­i­dents of, or de­pen­dants of, ratepay­ers in Lau­ren­tian Val­ley, in or­der to qual­ify for the $150 bur­sary and cer­tifi­cate of merit.

Each school’s guid­ance de­part­ment is asked by the town­ship to rec­om­mend stu­dents that they feel best ex­em­plify the cri­te­ria for the awards in the cat­e­gories of com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tion, per­sonal courage, school lead­er­ship, young ath­let­ics or arts and lit­er­a­ture.

“Th­ese awards are to ac­knowl­edge stu­dents who have gone be­yond the reg­u­lar ‘go­ing to school ev­ery­day’ with their other achieve­ments and their ac­com­plish­ments. We en­cour­age this and hope­fully that car­ries on down the road for them,” said Lau­ren­tian Val­ley Mayor Steve Ben­nett.

Bishop Smith’s Cait­lyn Cy­bul­ski was cho­sen based on her demon­strated qual­i­ties of sports lead­er­ship, her con­tri­bu­tions with the com­mu­nity and her engagement within her school. Ath­let­i­cally, she’s been a mem­ber of many of her school’s sports teams and was awarded MVP dis­tinc­tion for her par­tic­i­pa­tion in Grade 8 bas­ket­ball. For school lead­er­ship, she’s been a mem­ber of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Ac­tion Com­mit­tee, Anti-Bul­ly­ing Com­mit­tee, Stu­dent Ath­letic Coun­cil, prom com­mit­tee, stu­dent coun­cil and Amaz­ing Race Com­mit­tee.

Within the com­mu­nity, she’s vol­un­teered with Atyeo’s Dance Stu­dio, Our Lady of Lour­des Church, the Pem­broke Boys and Girls Club and she’s served two years as the stu­dent trustee for the Ren­frew County Catholic Dis­trict School Board.

Fel­low Cru­sader Mi­caela Cooper’ s vol­un­teerism made her a prime can­di­date for the award. She com­pleted a to­tal of 344 vol­un­teer hours with var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions within the com­mu­nity in­clud­ing the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Re­lay for Life, the Pem­broke Re­gional Hos­pi­tal Gift Shop, the lo­cal food bank, Ok­to­ber­fest and the Pem­broke Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety. Along with her con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity, Cooper par­tic­i­pated in a mis­sion trip to Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic, she or­ga­nized school events with the Anti-Bul­ly­ing Com­mit­tee and she’s been en­gaged in school ath­let­ics.

Jeanne-La­joie’s Maela Seguin has vol­un­teered with St. John’s Am­bu­lance, the Pem­broke Re­gional Hos­pi­tal, par­tic­i­pated in the Univer­sity of Ot­tawa’s Science and Engi­neer­ing Cam­pus, the Phoenix Cen­tre Pony Pal Pro­gram run through Hope Reins and she’s been a leader with the Youth Cadet Unit. Seguin was also the re­cip­i­ent of her school’s mod­esty award.

Macken­zie Bell, also from Jeanne-La­joie, has vol­un­teered at par­ish sup­pers, the Phoenix Cen­tre, the Pem­broke Boys and Girls Club, the Pem­broke Re­gional Hos­pi­tal and the an­nual Sil­ver Stick hockey tour­na­ment. She’s also par­tic­i­pated in a num­ber of her school’s sports teams and served as a mem­ber of the sports com­mit­tee.

Fel­lowes High School’s Emily Coulas has been ac­tively in­volved with her school’s ath­let­ics, was the re­cip­i­ent of the Fel­lowes Fe­male Ath­lete of the Year award for Grades 9-11, she’s par­tic­i­pated in com­mu­nity sports or­ga­ni­za­tions, served as a coun­sel­lor at the Fel­lowes Sports Camp for four years and she’s been a mem­ber of the ath­letic coun­cil for three years.

Fel­low Fal­con Me­lanie Weisen­berg was cho­sen for the per­sonal courage and re­silience of spirit she’s demon­strated with chal­lenges she’s faced. She has also played on a num­ber of her school’s sports teams, she’s been a mem­ber of the ath­letic coun­cil, served as cap­tain of her vol­ley­ball and bas­ket­ball teams and was elected co-pres­i­dent of her school in Grade 12.


Lau­ren­tian Val­ley Mayor Steve Ben­nett hon­oured this year's re­cip­i­ents of the Out­stand­ing Youth Awards dur­ing the coun­cil meet­ing on May 16. In photo (from left) are Macken­zie Bell, Me­lanie Weisen­berg, Mayor Steve Ben­nett, Caitlin Cy­bul­ski, Mi­caela Cooper, Maela Seguin and Emily Coulas.

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