Julia Mogus – Resident of Oakville, ON. Attending U of T.
Julia Mogus is a recent honours graduate from White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario. There, she was an executive member of the WOSS Free the Children Committee, helping her fellow members raise over $45,000 to build schools and help communities. She also served as executive member and President of her schools Model UN club where she was the recipient of the prestigious Secondary School Interactive Crisis Simulation (SSICsim) Delegate award at the 2014 Model UN conference in Toronto. As a sports enthusiast, Julia actively participated on her schools soccer and cross country teams and is a former Novice level competitive figure skater with Skate Canada. In the community, Julia has remained deeply committed to reducing poverty and illiteracy by investing in the lives of children. In 2011, she began buying books, alongside her sister, at second hand stores and garage sales. By 2012, she co-founded an internationally recognized and awarded organization known as, Books With No Bounds (BWNB). Since its inception, BWNB has provided 20,000 children around the world with electronics, 100,000 books, and 30,000 school supplies. Julia is continuing her passion as a Global Leader and is currently studying International Relations at the University of Toronto.
Western Canada Winner
Chris Bolton – Resident of North Vancouver, BC. Attending UBC.
Entering his first year at the University of British Columbia, Chris Bolton has spent the last three years working with the YWCA and multiple school districts to promote digital literacy in classrooms and to raise awareness on issues such as cyberbullying and harassment. Bolton has also spent time working with The Next Big Thing Foundation, a non-profit organization that brings mentorship, resources, and funding to young entrepreneurs like himself. Additionally, Chris has been working as a full-stack web developer for Hootsuite Media Inc, where he started as the company's youngest employee and piloted a successful high school internship program. His passion for community development and first hand interactions with technology at a young age drive him to work with parents, teachers, government, and students to create an atmosphere where the internet is a safe and powerful tool for all involved.
Atlantic Canada Winner
Anna Miller – Resident of Sussex, NB. Attending UNB.
Upon graduation from Sussex Regional High School, I achieved Honours with Distinction, a French Immersion certificate and was selected valedictorian. As yearbook editor for two years, I lead the committee and managed an $18,000 account. I also was a member on the grad class and safe grad committees. I organized National Sweater Day, a green initiative, at local schools. My community service included teaching important life skills to over 700 children. I have volunteered over 380 hours as a dedicated Canskate teacher over the last eight years, and over 180 hours as swim coach of the competitive swim team since January 2014. In addition to working as a lifeguard and water safety instructor, I volunteered as a Wellness Ambassador. I participated in the Relay for Life and Walk for the Cure. I received the Town of Sussex Youth Citizenship Award in May 2015. I will be pursuing an Engineering Degree at the University of New Brunswick and plan to specialize in Biomedical Engineering with the goal of improving prosthetic devices.
Emma McCann recently graduated from St. Patrick’s
High School in Sarnia, ON. Throughout her high
school years, Emma was a strong advocate and
leader on the topic of youth mental illness. Starting
with her painting “The Ties that Bind,” which she
sold prints of to raise over $7000 for her local
Suicide Prevention Committee, she then went on
to help found a new youth-focused committee. She
was then selected to be on the Children’s Mental
Health Ontario (CMHO) Youth Action Committee,
where she advocated for better resources within
schools and promoted students, schools, and
community groups working together. Emma’s
leadership on this issue has been broad, including
advising the Ministry of Child and Youth Services
on system transformation, and speaking alongside
Olympian Clara Hughes as part of the “Clara’s Big
Ride” mental health awareness campaign. In her
own words, “in championing the voice of youth, I
have finally taken charge of my own voice.” Emma
plans to continue her learning and dedication to
mental health issues in the Life Sciences program at
the University of Toronto.
Western Canada Winner
Cassandra Sperling is a graduate from Strathcona
High School, in Edmonton, AB. She has shown a
personal and caring type of leadership that has
inspired others in her community and beyond.
Selected to be part the Canadian Student
Leadership Conference in Grade 11, she then
went on to plan and lead the Alberta Student
Leadership Conference hosted at her school, as a
spirit leader and emcee for the closing ceremonies.
Cassandra helped to spearhead an initiative
as part of her leadership class to buy bikes for
healthcare workers, students, and entrepreneurs in
developing countries. Working with other groups
in the school and community, they raised an
amazing $175,000 for this initiative. Cassandra has
a diverse list of accomplishments: she’s worked to
create a community garden, worked with children
in a Mexican migrant camp, and also creates
eco-friendly jewelry up-cycled from bicycle tires
and donates half of her profits to charity. But in
her mind, “leadership isn’t about organizing and
achieving things…it’s expressed through loving
actions, both in the big and the small things.”
Cassandra is continuing her studies and passion for
exploration in an experiential learning program.
Atlantic Canada Winner
Janell Stewart is a recent graduate from Yarmouth
Consolidated Memorial High School, in Yarmouth,
NS. Her civic leadership shows her diverse interests
and abilities, from being a volleyball coach to
fundraising for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research.
At her school, Janell was a founding member
of the environmental “green team,” a facilitator
with the Restorative Justice group, a member of
the gay-straight alliance, and a host sister and
peer ambassador with the school’s International
Student program. In her community, Janell has
volunteered with 10,000 villages and the Meals on
Wheels program, and teaches Sunday School with
her parents. Over four years, she helped raise over
$100,000 to support MS research by organizing
the MS Supercities Walk in Yarmouth. Because
she wants to “make a difference globally, not just
locally,” Janell has also helped to raise funds for
Grade 11 students to travel to Ghana to build a
school and has contributed to many other initiatives
at the local and global level as a Global Leader in
her school. To continue her work in the service of
others, Janell has enrolled in the Nursing program
at Dalhousie University.
Kealey Clarke recently graduated from Innisdale Secondary School in Barrie, Ontario, where she was an active leader in the school’s volleyball, basketball, and soccer teams and a member of the school’s Link Crew, helping Grade 9 students transition into their new school. Kealey is an inspirational community leader, volunteering with a number of foundations for cancer research. Her leadership with the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation, Inside Ride, Tour for Kids, and Sears National Kids Cancer Ride bicycle charity events, has led to well over $100,000 being raised for cancer research. In Kealey’s words, she wants “to live in a world where no parent has to hear ‘Your child has cancer.’” Kealey is looking to continue helping people living with cancer by attending the Nursing program at Western University in London, ON.
Western Canada Winner:
Haaris Mahmood is a recent graduate from Pinetree Secondary School in Coquitlam, British Columbia. There, he was a member of the student council, a member of the basketball and cross-country teams, and initiator of his school’s division of the Michael Cuccione Foundation, which provides funding for childhood cancer research. He also acted as president of his school’s Me to We club, working to fund awareness for global poverty. In addition to his accomplishments at school, Haaris’ leadership in his community is extensive. He founded “Food 4 Thought,” an organization that aims to educate youth on leading healthier lifestyles, and also organizes charity events to assist developing countries in improving health by providing clean water and food for their communities. Haaris has also volunteered with Athletes in Kind, the Dufferin Care Centre, the City of Coquitlam Youth Council, and the Kidney Foundation, ALS Society, and Schizophrenia Society of British Columbia. Haaris is now studying Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, and says his “journey in health, wellness, and advocacy volunteerism has just begun.”
Atlantic Canada Winner
Angelise States graduated from St. Bonaventure College in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, with President’s Honours. She has shown herself to be a leader at her school, and above that, within her community. As a volunteer with the Special Olympics of Newfoundland and Labrador, Angelise assists children with physical and intellectual disabilities and also recruits other members from her community as volunteers for the program. In addition, Angelise is a volunteer with Enactus Memorial, an international community outreach program. Among other projects, she volunteers with their “Bottlepreneur” venture which helps citizens who make a living by recycling bottles and cans build a real business and begin to make sustainable income. Angelise is now attending Memorial University in St. John’s, NL, where she looks forward to the opportunity to “develop as a leader, and truly make a difference in our world.”