When I was in around Grade 10 I founded the first fair trade committee in York Region District School Board and I’m pretty sure all of Ontario. That’s sort of when things took off. My team and I, together we had a fair trade event. It was certified by the Fair Trade foundation in Ottawa as a legitimate fair trade event and through that we had three speakers come in from the different areas of international business. We had workshops with students to not only show them the importance of fair trade but also the job opportunities and the difference and evolution that comes with the topic. And it was so impressive how they managed to organize something that was fairly large in size and effort in such a short amount of time. And now I go into the food and nutrition classes and I go into business classes and I teach about fair trade in the fashion classes and the cotton and the chocolate and the cocoa and everything that we learn and use in our everyday life. I get to teach the students about it. She’s used every opportunity to teach the students and the teachers at our school about fair trade, how it impacts people throughout the world and how the people within our building have a say and can use their money and their knowledge to make better choices when purchasing products. I think the impact of my actions is that more people are gaining a voice in their school and their community and our projects are just helping people have a voice and a platform to share their thoughts and ideas in our school. He has always been well-liked by his peers, but as he’s gotten older he’s taken on more and more leadership roles within the school to the point that this year he is the president of our Student Council, he’s been the captain of the volleyball team, he’s an active participant in all of our sports teams that we have. This year we have started a wonder buddies project where our intermediate classes are pairing with our kindergarten classes and we have a particular student who has a lot of needs and Alex was the perfect fit to be his buddy and this child has blossomed under this friendship, and it’s been really wonderful to watch the impact that one older student can have on one of our more vulnerable vulnerable students in this school. Alexandra when she wrote her essay for the Canada Government of Canada history award didn’t just do her research academically, she did her research actively. She went out and interviewed people who were directly impacted by injustice an historical injustice that the First Nation people have experienced. That’s the kind of student you want to see and that shows leadership. One of my greatest motivations is I did a project on this last year in grade 11 I had to do a TED talk for English and you had to talk about someone or something that inspires you and it could be considered selfish, but I did my whole project about my future self. So that’s kind of what motivates me to push forward is where I want to be in my future and how I want my future to be she’s socially committed and socially active in terms of making change in society. She’s a member of our Eco Club, she’s taking a lead role in that in terms of making a difference not only in the school but the environment and the community around her. I’d say I’m equally proud of my accomplishment of winning the Government of Canada History Award for an essay I wrote on the Indian residential school system and I’m also proud of my accomplishment of being chosen by the Ontario Legislative Assembly to participate in a model Parliament program this past February. I think that an amazing accomplishment for a young person to do and reflects what she holds as moral values and what she believes is important in Canadian society. Andrew has always shown an optimism, a positive outlook and demonstrated a willingness to always try new opportunities, he’s willing to be involved in any type of activity around the school and he does so with a zest and enthusiasm which is contagious. My accomplishments at school were morning announcements, and I love doing announcements because everybody loves my voice Andrew has autism and throughout his life he has overcome many obstacles, and he continues to amaze everybody who knows him each day. I am proud of being a peer mentor at the school because I’m a good volunteer I can help other people and I’ve made lots of new friends. He has a real enthusiasm for performing. I always play guitar and then show them that I played guitar and other community music events. He sets an example which other students not even realizing they begin to follow and it creates a really warm inclusive environment. I think Caroline stands out from other students because right from the start she’s always been involved in school activities, so I’ve always kind of seen her as a leader. She is president of our character education Club which is called dare to care and within that club she organizes everything. I was a member a participating member from grade 9 grade 10 nd then from grades 11 and 12 is when I actually stepped up and actually became president of Dare to Care which was very exciting She is involved in sports She’s involved outside of school, so she’s got a lot going on I don’t know how she manages all overtime but she seems to manage it quite well. Within TDSS and a lot of things outside of school, I participate in a lot of leadership related programs in Tommy Douglas, I participate and I’m a leader in Teen Titans which is a mentee mentor group where grade nines can rely on grade 11’s and 12’s to show them around school and help them with the transition in a school environment where it’s so diverse. I think it’s extremely important to be open-minded with new things and new cultures and aspects where people can learn and grow in society. I had nominated Charlie for his cheerfulness, his willingness to help out anybody and anybody in the school. He’s always willing he’s always the first person when you walk down the aisle to say hi and how are you and ask how your day is going or how your day went? He’s always a friendly face that it warms up the room whenever he walks by you. I know he’s part of numerous groups in the school. He’s part of the Silver Birch and he doe the Me to We as well. For me too we, we work to fundraise. We built schools in Kenya and this year we got water wells in Ethiopia. I think that everyone should have equal chances to have water or education or food or opportunities. In PALS, it’s a group of Grade 6 7 & eights who well we go out at recess to play and be positive and help little kids outside who might not have a friend or might need someone to play with. What motivated me to do these things was that if I see someone, and if they’re like not having a good day and so I can try and brighten their day by being positive and being myself and asking them how their day was. Charlotte was an active interested art student, but also an active passionate political student within the school and she got involved in our arts programs, got involved in our Arts Council and then this year has taken the leadership mantle as the president of our Arts Council. I was recently in the Aurora Cultural Centre for the Mayor Celebration of Youth Arts which is a show curated by grade 12’s including grade 12 artwork there was also performances, and I was thankful enough to have three pieces in that show. I love that and I love that. I’ve spent the past four years being part of the peer mentor group and especially part of the Me to We group which I’ve been able to watch grow and flourish and do a lot of really amazing achievements. We’ve been able to take a lot of action in the community. I think just being able to be part of the community being able to immerse ourselves with the people around us not just in the school, but in the local other organizations, I think that’s definitely been something that we’ve been able to love to be part of. We nominated Cori for Student Success and it was a variety of people because of her work ethic her ability to change people’s perspectives to really motivate and become a leader in our environment. Being a part of the career class it not only made me like a better person, but I’ve made some new friends along the way. I’ve considered myself over here because I think the students the community class look up to me I usually help them walk, sometimes talk, play with them. So I would like to be a teacher when I grow up because like helping the community class has helped me become a teacher. She is able to you know walk into the room and if one of them is crying because they’re having a hard time, they smile. They know the time of day, and they look for her out the window. She is able to see my class know when to help out no one to step back because the kids might need a teacher or something. She knows just by looking at them what they need. So some of my accomplishments have been becoming a mentor, being elected as social convener on student council and just really getting to help out around the school whenever I can. I think I’m the most proud of being elected on the student council because then I knew that my peers were voting me in and I really wanted to just impress everyone and make sure I did a good job. I think Tiana inspires the other students to do well, it’s not that she’s hanging out with one group of students, all the students seem to enjoy being in her company and she is able to inspire her group to even go study on a Friday night at the grocery store down the street. I think that’s impressive! I think the impact has been just successful events around the school so like semi-formal, I planned that back in November, it was a very big and successful event with all the students. It was a dance. ROC King I was a head mentor and we were able to pull off a really good ROC King this year that got all the grade nines bonding and all the mentors were very happy leaving that. She impacts her her fellow students in so many ways whether it’s through her relationships she’s built with the grade nines and because she’s been a mentor for three years she has relationships with the students who were in grade 9 three years ago, two years ago, this year, and that has a huge impact on our overall student body. She’s just a consistent reliable leader that the students see on such a regular basis that they know she’s one of those go-to people that you can rely on. From grade 9 I tried to indulge myself in a lot of activities like peer mentoring or music counsel or student council. I’ve been involved in musical acts like band or enter acapella, which is my a cappella group. She joined this choir in grade 12 which is really unusual not as a singer but as a flute player she decided to try singing and she’s really stepped up as a leader not just in in our department, but in that choir specifically. Coming in as a new member she’s been so fantastic working with the students and and fitting in right away. It’s been great. I think I’m the most proud of my peer mentor accomplishment. I’ve been on that since grade 9 to 12 and that’s a program where older grades help the grade nines transition from elementary to high school. I guess I’m helping the grade nines achieve a better status of life at school – I think that’s my main accomplishment. Whether it’s inside the classroom or outside in the halls Deborah is always so positive in terms of how she interacts with everybody adult teenager, student, teacher, administrator… she’s always so energetic so positive and she actually infects you with that positivity. I would say a few of my accomplishments are becoming president of the Best Buddies Club which is the organization that we work with the students in the community classes with any sort of mental or intellectual disability and just kind of give them an environment to meet new students, organize activities and stuff, which it’s been really cool. In addition she also is part of the senior girls volleyball team, she’s run cross-country and she has helped coach the junior boys volleyball team. Emma’swork with the junior volleyball team has obviously been very beneficial to the boys on that team. Her work with the best buddies Club and giving them opportunities that they would not have otherwise has been very beneficial for them. For example, they go on field trips and they attend things such as the best buddies prom. If it wasn’t for Emma’s work, these students may not have the opportunity that other students in the school have had. And if I can make someone smile, if I can make someone’s day, if I can leave an impact that’ll stay with them, even if it’s just if I say one thing and that sticks with them for a week or two weeks then I know I’ve been successful at doing what I need to do. Our touchstone talks about bravery courage and inspiring learning. The best picture of that is Faaris, his bravery his courage and the way he inspires learning and inspires others to be great students and great friends. Yes. I am a happy dude. I can make other people happy. He has an ability to recognize when a classmate is feeling down and he often takes the initiative and the action to proactively cheer his friends up whether it’s with a sense of humor or a kind word or a kind action. He has been wonderful when it comes to impacting his friends in a positive and a kind way. I am most proud of being a part of the school play every year. It’s a rich piece for him, but in terms of when you see him shine on that stage in the school play, it’s like a totally different Faaris. I like to be seen as a hard working student, to be independent and contribute to my school and life. So some of my accomplishments at Middlefield are I’m the current president of the Muslim Student Association and the Writers Guild. I’m also part of the spoken word team and one of the founders of the mental health awareness club. Well the mental health awareness club that we created in Middlefield, I did along side a few of my peers we basically created that because we knew there were so much stigma surrounding it and a lot of people would talk about how there is stigma surrounding it but no one would really take the step forward to do anything. So I think my biggest joy in working with Masheil is definitely with the spoken word team. To see her grow the way she has she wasn’t officially part of the team she was helping with the writing and then we needed her to step up and perform, and then her performance has just grown and it’s just gotten better and better. She has been part of a project called Pious Project and that is feeding the hungry. So she was behind the scenes in helping orchestrate and organize our students to reach out to the community. In terms of it within our school community I feel that the Islamic awareness assembly that that Masheil was endemic in in helping orchestrate and get started is probably the biggest one that reached out to our community on on many levels. We were only given about a month’s time frame to do so and within that month we were to find out what we wanted to do and how we wanted that assembly to go as well as actually getting speakers to come in and putting it all together, and I was mostly behind the scenes of that but I ensured that it would run smoothly and that’s something I’m most proud of. Natalia is a rare student to have in a school because she completely exemplifies the board’s mission and values of someone who’s a visionary, someone who’s compassionate, shows a lot of optimism and demonstrates empathy on a daily basis. Well over the years. I’ve accomplished many things attending at Franklin and some of my most notable accomplishments include volunteering at Whole Foods 5% day, hosting and being part of the announcement team since 2016, raising money for the Terry Fox foundation since last year and of course being part of the student leadership team here at my school. I’m most proud of my contribution to the Terry Fox foundation earlier this year. We had a goal to raise $500. I did this by hosting a garage sale and a lemonade stand and setting up a donation box in my community. Not only did I raise $500, I raised over a thousand dollars without the help of my parents. She is an invaluable resource bringing lots of ideas to represent the whole school body ensuring that all students have a voice in school. She’s a visionary in terms of bringing ideas and respecting others while gently trying to make change to make Franklin a better place to to teach and work and learn. Some of Owens accomplished are that this year he is a grade 10 representative on student council, he’s also a member of our Ted Ed club and this year he was a Quest student voice speaker so many people heard his message about allowing students to be themselves and celebrating their uniqueness. And that I’m definitely most proud of not only because it opened alot of doors for me, but people have told me made a meaningful impact for them. Using my position as a student, using the resources I have to make a difference for other people to give back, you know whether it’s hosting a school event, or is sharing my voice at a conference for people to be inspired, whatever it is just using my role as a way to give back. Whether he’s helping kids at the hospital or at the summer camp and certainly helping kids here, he’s always looking for everyone to be a part of whatever is happening. I believe that like community is where you, if you help someone, you should be able to help each other in the community and and just things like the small things I do can make a big difference in someone else’s life. Though Rachel’s been able to impact the community both local and global with the initiative she’s done, but she’s also been able to impact the school because the people that she’s been able to lead have learned a lot from her and have been inspired by the things that she’s been involved in. Right now I’m the co-president of Music Council and we do a lot of things that like share music around our school and also we do a lot of like community involvement. And I’m also a peer mentor at our school, it’s been two years that I’ve been doing it. Part of peer mentors like we’re just a group of really awesome students that do a lot of leadership at our school. I was able to organize a Boston Pizza fundraiser night that helped the blue door shelters and it was really successful and I’m proud of that. One of the things that I do as the Student Success teacher is I help with the our group of mentors and Sasha has been a mentor with us through her grade 10 and grade 11 year. She’s involved in what we call our OSOC program which stands for our school our community, and it’s a group of sort of specialized mentors that work on various issues, this year it was a mental health initiative that Sasha embraced, and I really ran with with the students. My accomplishments I’m definitely most proud of is Relay for Life. I was the top fundraiser for that. That was our very first Relay for Life ever and we had over 300 participants. Our school’s goal was to raise $20,000 and as a school we raised $50,000 and I was an executive part of that committee and it was just amazing to see what that whole committee could accomplish and I was just so proud of it. She has things she feels very passionately about whether it’s our Relay for Life, whether it’s the athletics that she’s involved in and she doesn’t just participate, she leads, she leads by example she’s the kind of person who rolls up her sleeves and and dives in to whatever it is it needs to be done. With Shamar’s involved in a lot of things he has been for the last three and a half years he’s been in our teen program for about that length of time. Black History Month he’s been the coordinator of that for a few years now and lots of community projects where he’s making a mark outside of school and representing our school and board really well. I’ve done a lot since I’ve been here. There’s the Andre De Grasse interview I did which kind of gave me hope and inspired me to become a broadcaster. I did a “Cabbie” interview over at TSN, upstairs in the library we worked on a screen wall project, and you know those are some of my biggest accomplishments here. Out of all the accomplishments, I’d say the Andre De Grasse one because that one was huge, that was in front of the whole school, it was on CTV, CP24, it’s got a big thing. I had to work really hard to remember the questions and try to stay composed. He’s an extraordinary young person who has overcome what I would consider to be great odds to become a very successful student and more than that, a really really solid young person who you’d be proud to have in your community. Shamilah is special in many many ways and has many roles both in our school and outside of our school. Currently I have the pleasure of coaching her on our mock trial team where she is role playing the role of a witness in a trial and you can see some of her magical qualities in that role. She also does other things at our school including participating in drama which makes sense. Some accomplishments that I’ve had at Middlefield are I’ve gotten the chance to be a part of many assemblies and I’ve gotten to actually emcee them, which is really great. It’s helped me a lot with my confidence skills. Also I’ve been able to be a part of many events because I just joined Student Council this year, so running a lot of events and getting to interact with a lot of people has been a really great accomplishment close to my heart specifically. And also we got to be a part of a town hall meeting with Justin Trudeau which is really cool, so meeting him was also a really big accomplishment. Last year I got the principal’s award which was really great because I didn’t expect to and also made my parents really proud so I was really happy with that. Shamilah Gilbert greets each day, each opportunity, each moment with joy. She’s had difficulties in her life and she’s not let any one of them chip away at her integrity and that has been an inspiration to me and that’s why you know she is that definition of success for me. I consider myself a leader because I do a lot in our school. I created the Knitting Club, I’ve helped with a tower garden. I also help make milk bag mats and dog blankets out of wool. I’m most proud of the knitting club because that would have been my biggest accomplishment in our school and I’ve given back to the community and I brought so many younger grades and different ages together and I met kids I didn’t know before. The amazing thing was that this started from Connor having an injury and going to Sick Kids Hospital for multiple visits around a broken femur and then having a newborn baby cousin and thinking ‘hmmm… …I could knit some hats.’ So Connor started that and then came into school and rallied a whole bunch of students around him to learn how to knit and that evolved into a group of students knitting hats for Southlake Hospital and for Sick Kids Hospital. I think that the knitting club was his biggest accomplishment and his best way to build relationships across the school.