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Van­cou­ver: Nine­teen Bri­tish Columbians will be re­ceiv­ing the Prov­ince’s Medal of Good Cit­i­zen­ship for their out­stand­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice. Sur­rey’s Shawna Narayan is among 19 Bri­tish Columbians to re­ceive the prov­ince’s Medal of Good Cit­i­zen­ship.

“It is an hon­our to con­grat­u­late these com­mu­nity lead­ers whose com­mit­ment helps strengthen our so­ci­ety,” said Premier John Hor­gan. “The Medal of Good Cit­i­zen­ship awards rec­og­nize these in­di­vid­u­als and their re­mark­able con­tri­bu­tions to our com­mu­ni­ties and our prov­ince as a whole.” Launched in 2015, the Medal of Good Cit­i­zen­ship rec­og­nizes in­di­vid­u­als who, through ex­cep­tional long-term ser­vice, have made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to their com­mu­ni­ties with­out ex­pec­ta­tion of re­mu­ner­a­tion or re­ward. The medal re­flects their gen­eros­ity, ser­vice, acts of self­less­ness and con­tri­bu­tions to com­mu­nity life. “Ev­ery­one re­ceiv­ing medals em­bod­ies the best qual­i­ties of be­ing a Bri­tish Columbian,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Cul­ture, and chair of the medal’s se­lec­tion com­mit­tee. “All of us on the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee were im­pressed by the gen­eros­ity, com­pas­sion and sac­ri­fice each and ev­ery one of the re­cip­i­ents has demon­strated. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all hon­ourees.”

Medal of Good Cit­i­zen­ship re­cip­i­ents come from ev­ery cor­ner of the prov­ince: from Quathi­aski Cove to Queen Char­lotte, Nel­son to 150 Mile House, North Van­cou­ver to Kelowna and Lang­ford to Port Al­berni, demon­strat­ing that B.C. com­mu­ni­ties are full of peo­ple do­ing good things for the ben­e­fit of their com­mu­ni­ties.

About Shawna Narayan:

As a young woman from a di­verse city, Shawna Narayan show­cases what the next gen­er­a­tion is ca­pa­ble of by help­ing in­ner-city stu­dents with sim­i­lar dif­fi­cul­ties that she over­came.

Shawna Narayan cre­ated Em­power The Fu­ture (ETF), a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that con­nects in­ner-city stu­dents with post-sec­ondary stu­dents to en­cour­age per­sonal and aca­demic growth. She rec­og­nized that many in­ner-city stu­dents like her do not have the sup­port, knowl­edge or re­sources needed to con­tinue their learn­ing whether it is through full-time ca­reers, vol­un­teer­ing or higher ed­u­ca­tion. She wanted to pro­vide these stu­dents with the same op­por­tu­nity that other stu­dents have, so she con­nected with the Sur­rey School Dis­trict to help make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of Sur­rey’s high school stu­dents. Narayan also or­ga­nized the Life Af­ter High School Pro­ject where stu­dents are men­tored in five main top­ics: deal­ing with fi­nan­cial stress; finding cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion about post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion; pre­par­ing to en­ter the work­force; search­ing for qual­ity vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties; and car­ing for your­self.

Her Life Af­ter High School Pro­ject gained the sup­port of the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia through a $10,000 in­no­va­tion grant. Other sup­port­ers of the pro­ject in­clude the Van­cou­ver Foun­da­tion and the Gov­ern­ment of Canada. This year, more than 300 stu­dents have par­tic­i­pated in the Life Af­ter High School work­shop. Narayan also launched a Women in STEM pro­ject to en­cour­age more in­ner-city fe­males to pur­sue sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics fields. The pro­ject is sup­ported by a Nat­u­ral Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing Re­search Coun­cil of Canada grant.

Shawna has vol­un­teered over 4,000 hours for ETF and other projects while at the same time at­tend­ing UBC full-time study­ing for a bach­e­lor of sci­ence in physics. She has con­sis­tently demon­strated ex­em­plary vol­un­teer work, aca­demic ex­cel­lence, and a strong com­mit­ment to help­ing oth­ers and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity around her.

The re­cip­i­ents an­nounced are: Se­len Al­pay of Prince Ge­orge, Al­berta (Wadzeed) Billy of Quathi­aski Cove, Joan (Bays) Black­hall (post­hu­mous) of Lan­g­ley, Suzanne Bolton of Van­cou­ver, Ed­ward Dick­ins of Kelowna, Stephanie Fis­cher of Nel­son, Fran Fowler of Queen Char­lotte, Joyce H. Fraser of Princeton, Ronald Allen Greene of Oak Bay, Michael O. Lan­gridge of Saanich, Beth Laur of Lang­ford, Bran­don Laur of Lang­ford, Darren Laur of Lang­ford, Peggy Lee of Van­cou­ver, Stan Mccarthy of 150 Mile House, Lois Nahir­ney of North Van­cou­ver, Shawna Narayan of Sur­rey, Sylvie (Sil­vakantie) Pather of North Van­cou­ver, Kris Patterson of Port Al­berni. This year’s re­cip­i­ents were se­lected from more than 100 nom­i­na­tions. In ad­di­tion to the Medal of Good Cit­i­zen­ship, in­di­vid­u­als may be nom­i­nated for the Prov­ince’s other hon­our, the Or­der of Bri­tish Columbia, which rec­og­nizes peo­ple who have served with the great­est dis­tinc­tion and ex­celled in any field of en­deav­our, ben­e­fit­ing Bri­tish Columbians and oth­ers across Canada and be­yond.


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