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2016 Winners

Past winners

Ontario Winner

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Jacqueline Dyck – Resident of Thunder Bay, ON. Attending Lakehead U and Carleton U.

Jacqueline Dyck, a recent graduate of Hammarsjkold High School in Thunder Bay, is currently studying Honours Political Science at Lakehead University, prior to continuing at Carleton University in second year. In addition to earning Honour Standing, Jacqueline documented nearly 1600 Volunteer Service Hours over the course of her 4 years in high school. Jacqueline founded a large regional conference in Northwestern Ontario called WE Stand Up, a 4-year commitment during which the event engaged close to 5000 youth and educators in topics related to social justice, global and local actions. She has engaged in community leadership through the Northwestern Ontario Secondary School Student's Association as the Minister of Fundraising, and the Ontario Minister of Education Student Advisory Council, as well as being recognized by groups in her community, such as City of Thunder Bay Mayor's Crime Prevention Council and Soroptimist Group. She has won numerous awards including: the Thunder Bay Muslim Association Young Women in Leadership Award, the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario Provincial Scholarship, and the Lieutenant Governor's Exemplary Volunteer Service Award for Ontario. Additionally, Jacqueline has volunteered countless hours with the Parkinson Society of Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society, Free the Children, Children's Aid Society, UNICEF, Shelter House Thunder Bay and has attended seven WE Day events across the country. Born and raised in Northwestern Ontario, she enjoys an active lifestyle and performs Musical Theatre and Vocal competitively internationally. Her long-term goals include earning a Master Degree in Philanthropic Leadership and working with Me to WE.

Ontario Finalists

Gul-e-Rana
Toronto, ON.

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Zach Graves
Ottawa, ON.

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Western Canada Winner

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Parwaz Brar – Resident of Delta, BC. Attending UBC.

Parwaz Brar is a recent graduate from North Delta Secondary School in Delta, British Columbia. Throughout high school, he dedicated over 3500 hours to school-related organizations. Parwaz served as a student leader to numerous school clubs, but one of his greatest accomplishments throughout his senior years was the initiation of Paws 4 Hope—a poverty initiative aimed to aid the homeless in his society. An advocate for social justice issues, Parwaz continues his service outside of school through his non-profit organization, Unified 4 Change. Parwaz organized the banquet "A Night to Fight Poverty" to raise funds for a homeless shelter, exceeding their goal of raising $4500.00. Parwaz and his team of 200 volunteers have also executed numerous fundraisers for local and national charities such as the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Rare Diseases Canada, and Seva Canada. Through volunteering with many medical charities, Parwaz realized that his desire to help those in need correlates to his interest in the medical field. This September, Parwaz started his journey to pursue a career in medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Western Canada Finalists

Hannah Rahim
West Vancouver, BC.

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Roshan Gosal
Abbotsford, BC.

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Atlantic Canada Winner

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Rachel Creighton – Resident of Digby, NS. Attending Western U.

Following the suicide of a student at another high school, Rachel founded the Digby High School Mental Health Support Group to help others overcome the stigma of mental health issues. After much research and planning, she recruited a retired mental health and addictions counsellor to facilitate the biweekly group. She is also active as a student representative on the community health board, serves as Student Council Prime Minister, and is a soccer player and coach. Rachel is proud of her recent presentation of a motivational TEDx Talk and her volunteer mission to Ecuador. She will attend Western University to pursue a career as an immunologist.

Atlantic Canada Finalists

Olivia Turner
Moncton, NB.

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Zachary Whynot
Camperdown, NS.