Three Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Students Receive 2019 Global Community Alliance Youth Achievement Award

7:30 p.m. Award Ceremony
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent Street 

February 22, 2019 – OTTAWA (Canada) - Community involvement is in the DNA of the three OCDSB students who are being honoured with the Youth Achievement Award presented by the Global Community Alliance on Saturday, February 23, 2019.   

Uyanga Darkhanbaatar is an accomplished Gloucester High School student. She is the President of the Interac Rotary Club, a member of the International Certificate Program, and has done volunteer work in both Canada and Mongolia.  Through her role with Rotary, Uyanga has helped raise significant funds to help eradicate polio and earned the school a Rotary Citation. 

She is interested in promoting awareness in Mongolia regarding vaccinations for HPV in particular.  Uyanga is also a talented artist who participated in the Arts SHSM.  Among her many talents, Uyanga speaks several languages including Japanese which she has studied at Gloucester High School over the past four years.  She is a community leader who promotes global awareness and collaborative learning.

Ronika Dhillon is a grade 12 student at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School. Ronika is renowned for helping those in need, fighting for what is right, correcting injustices, promoting diversity and celebrating kindness.

Ronika is the lead executive member of the school’s Diversity and Equity Club known as E.S.N.C.E (Evolving Spirits & Nurturing Cultural Equality). She brings community and youth together in a variety of ways including Christmas charities and promoting Anti-Bullying Awareness campaigns. Ronika is an organizing member of the district-wide, first ever, Black Youth Conference in May of 2018.  The conference was an opportunity for students to build community, reduce racism, and defy stereotypes.

Samantha Lin is a Colonel By Secondary School student enrolled in the prestigious IB Program who still finds time for athletics, drama and school governance. She is passionate about bringing school communities together to create positive change both locally and globally. She advocates for student's voice and fosters a climate of acceptance and well-being. Her work on Student Senate and as a Student Trustee has encouraged others to get involved and make a difference. Mentorship is something she practices and promotes.

Samantha is both engaging and empowering in her ability to bring students together to build consensus. She is a natural collaborator who gets things done at the local and provincial level.  Samantha volunteers with the Gloucester Association for Children with Special Needs. She is a key organizer in the Colonel By’s Relay for Life in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

What: Global Community Alliance 10th Annual Gala and Award Ceremony
When: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Where: Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent Street
Time: Awards Presentation 7:30 p.m.

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