The Quebec Community Groups Network, the Fondation Notre Home Foundation and CBC Quebec were pleased to present the Young Quebecers Leading the Way Award for youth leadership, recognizing and celebrating the outstanding achievements of young English-speaking Quebecers engaged in innovative initiatives that create change in our communities.
First elected to the Lester B. Pearson School Board in 2014 at the age of 25, Joshua Arless has been hard at work ensuring that each student has an opportunity to succeed. While representing English-speaking families of Dorval and Lachine as a Commissioner of the Lester B. Pearson School Board, he has focused on the success of the schools in his Ward: Dorval Elementary, Maple Grove Elementary, Pearson Electrotechnology Centre and Lakeside Academy. Active in both local and federal politics, Josh is determined to ensure that Quebec and Canada’s minority groups are represented in our decision-making bodies; no matter the level of governance. Read full feature
2018 Young Quebecers Leading the Way Award
Campbell started as a Girl Guide when she was 7. That’s where she said her passion to give back was fostered. “We had many opportunities to not only better ourselves, but also to make a difference in the community, from volunteering to pick up garbage to raising money for charity. It made an impression on me and I wanted to continue.” Read full feature
2017 Young Quebecers Leading the Way Award
Claudia Di Iorio
Claudia Di Iorio was a vibrant and active Grade 11 student when her life changed in the summer of 2012. After a fun Friday night at the Petit Café Campus on Prince Arthur, instead of taking a taxi home she and two pals accepted a ride from “a friend of a friend of a friend.” As she remembered, he had been drinking and smoking weed, was speeding at 120 kilometres an hour, and taking a turn on Graham Boulevard and “plowed into a tree.” Read full feature
2016 Young Quebecers Leading the Way Award
Stereotyped, misunderstood, and facing discrimination, there are few ethno-cultural groups more in need of advocacy than the world’s Roma. Dafina Savic understood this early in her life, growing up in Montreal’s Little Italy neighbourhood, and as a young adult she took up that challenge. Read full feature
2015 Young Quebecers Leading the Way Award
Helping others and leading by example have been part of Alexander Gordon’s life as far back as he can remember. It started in Pointe Claire, where he was raised in a family of four children, with an older and younger sister, and a younger foster brother. Read full feature
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