CCVI student wins Vimy Pilgrimage Award for youth volunteers
March 20, 2018
GUELPH, Ontario – A Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute student has been named a recipient of the prestigious Vimy Pilgrimage Award.
Hundreds of applicants apply every year and only 20 students across the country are selected for this award. One of the students this year was Centennial CVI student, Sarah.
According to The Vimy Foundation website, the Vimy Pilgrimage Award “recognizes the actions of young people who demonstrate their commitment to volunteer work through outstanding service, positive contributions, notable deeds and bravery.”
As a winner of the award, students travel on a fully funded week-long educational program to Belgium and France. During the trip, students gain educational experiences about Canada’s remarkable history as it relates to the First World War.
While in Europe, Sarah will visit WWI battlefields, cemeteries and memorials. What qualified Sarah for this award is the tremendous contribution she has made in her community.
When not in school, Sarah spends time volunteering at the Village of Arbour Trails senior residence. There, she runs a weekly program to help teach residents how to use their personal technology devices. She is involved in the Youth Council of Ontario Nature. At the school level, Sarah helps grade 9 students’ transition into high school, works with the Best Buddies program that helps support students with disabilities and is on the school’s Social Responsibility Council.
When thinking about the trip, Sarah said she is “really looking forward to experiencing this [educational journey] with 20 other students that are youth volunteers in their community and learning about the history [of Canada] as it relates to the First World War.”
When reflecting on the fact that a CCVI student won the award last year as well, principal Scot Bishop said, “It is amazing to think that out of 20 students across Canada students from Centennial CVI were chosen two years in a row.”
Congratulations, Sarah on winning this prestigious award and representing the UGDSB in Europe.