‘Unbelievable:’ Award is a bonus
“It’s kind of unbelievable,” declared Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute (VCI) student Madeleine Fortin after she won the prestigious Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, which is awarded by the Governor General.
The honour recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country and pays tribute to their dedication and exemplary commitment to helping others.
The grade 12 student earned the honour for a variety of volunteer efforts through the VCI Interact/Me to We Club and local charities. She was presented with the medal by We Charity cofounder Craig Kielburger during the We Day celebration in Montreal.
“I wasn’t expecting it because it’s not the reason I volunteer, but it’s a great honour to be recognized,” said Madeleine.
“I couldn’t be prouder of her and her accomplishments,” added VCI Principal Trevor Wheeler. “I cannot think of anyone more deserving.”
The honours student, who has a 94.5 per cent average, has given an amazing 232 hours of community service through her school since Grade 9.
She helped organize a card-writing campaign and bake sale for the Veterans Transition Network in 2015. She spearheaded a book sale in November for Child Haven International, which raised funds for textbooks for orphans in India, Bangladesh and Tibet. She was also a driving force in three of the school’s We Scare Hunger food drives, gathering hundreds of non-perishable items for food banks in Vankleek Hill and Hawkesbury.
Other charitable events she has been involved in include the VCI Christmas Food and Clothing Drive, Child Haven International’s annual fundraising dinner, a Dining in the Dark fundraiser for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and a henna tattoo fundraiser for Syrian refugees. She also founded a school magazine giving students journalism opportunities and has helped in past at the Champlain Library.
This is the second award that Madeleine has received this school year. In the fall, the school presented her with the VCI Excellence in Character and Citizenship Award.
VOLUNTEER HONOURED: Kielburger. Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute student Madeleine Fortin and Craig