Community Service Awards – Planting the Seeds of Change

Celebrating youth committed to planting seeds of positive change in our communities.
On July 31st, New Circles delivered its’ first annual Community Service Awards. The inaugural awards were launched to recognize 5 youth who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to volunteerism and philanthropy. The selected recipients received $500 towards their post-secondary education and a New Circles Community Service Award. Thank you to MP John Carmichael for visiting New Circles and presenting the students with certificates on behalf of the Government of Canada.
We wish to thank the following 2014 Selection Committee for their due diligence in selecting the recipients from a pool of very qualified and deserving candidates:
Carrie Anderson – Consulting Associate, OPTIMUS | SBR
Hussein Jadavji – Program Supervisor – Pathways to Education Scarborough Village, YouthLink
Carly McGhee – Manager, M for Mendocino
The Winners
The five winners had a combined total of almost4500 volunteer hours that they accumulated in three years. That is the equivalent hours of more than two full-time jobs. These hours were contributed whilst balancing personal challenges, being in school full-time, and achieving academically. Although we know that students appreciate the $500, the award is intended to serve as recognition and to acknowledge that we, the greater community, see them and all the good things they are doing!
Congratulations to the following outstanding youth:
Hadia Bilal Ahmad
Hadia contributed over 400 hours of voluntary service to organizations including Toronto East General Hospital, Flemingdon Ministry Food Bank and as the President of a disability services program at her high school.
Mateo Garcia
Mateo contributed nearly 1500 hours of voluntary service to his local church, a youth drop-in centre and the Find Your Inner Peace Project.
Azaliya Rodriguez
Azaliya contributed 600 hours of voluntary service to tutoring and teaching activities, including a sports leadership program for youth, tutoring children at a local elementary school and assisting at a daycare.
Zohra Sadat
Zohra has contributed over 700 hours of voluntary service, supporting fundraising initiatives for the United Way, raising awareness about global and local issues and working with children in summer programming.
Jacqueline Sue
Jacqueline has contributed 1350 hours of voluntary service. Her primary service has come as a leader in the Key Club, fundraising activities, as well as in a tutoring program for students.
Award Donors
The awards would not have been possible without the generosity of our five award sponsors. A special thanks goes out to Mackenzie Investments Charitable Foundation for providing us with the foundational support to deliver our youth programming over the last three years, including the seed money for the first award.
Puzzle Creations – Puzzle Creations Piece and Love Award
Gibson’s Cleaners – “Thoughtful Award” in Honour of Tom Hopkins
Mackenzie Investments Charitable Foundation – Mackenzie Investments Service Award
Patrick Rocca – Patrick Rocca Community Service Award
David Harpula – Harps Community Service Award
New Circles would also like to recognize David’s Tea (Yonge and Eglinton), Pretty Sweet Cupcakes and Bruno’s Valu-Martfor the generous in-kind donations for the ceremony reception. Thank you to our volunteer photographer Liona Bravo for capturing this special occasion!

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