CWDHS student receives 2022 Rotary Indigenous Youth Award
June 22, 2022
A student from Centre Wellington District High School has been named the recipient of the 2022 Rotary Indigenous Youth Award.
Each year, the Rotary Club of Guelph offers a student of Indigenous ancestry to receive their annual Indigenous Youth Award for demonstrating leadership qualities in the community and in the promotion of Indigenous culture.
On June 17, the Rotary Club of Guelph presented Avaline, a grade 10 CWDHS student, with the award.
Some of Avaline’s good work includes organizing rallies and marches at CWDHS with fellow students, founding the Indigenous Student Alliance to provide a safe space for Indigenous students and those interested in working in alliance, and with other students creating the Youth 4 Justice group, which held a very impactful rally in Fergus where they handed out resources and had guest speakers.
Avaline is a student member on the First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Council here in the UGDSB and in May was appointed as the youth representative for the Grand River Métis Council.
When asked about her thoughts on being recognized with this award, Avaline said that the work she has done this year feels rewarding in itself, however receiving this award is special as it feels like a “hats-off” for her efforts. “It made me realize all of the things I’ve worked on, to really stand back and look at all the work that has been done, even if it feels small when it’s happening.”
Avaline is looking forward to a number of courses next year, including Psychology/Anthropology/Sociology, Contemporary Indigenous Studies, Law, History, and languages such as French and Spanish.