2021 Leaders of Tomorrow

The 2021 Leaders of Tomorrow Awards presented by ATCO ATCO is proud to present the Leaders of Tomorrow awards and recognize the youths who give their time and effort to enhance their communities throughout the South Peace Region.
 

The Grande Prairie Regional Association of Volunteer Organizations recognized volunteer superstars between the ages of 13 to 18, living in the Grande Prairie region, as the 2021 Leaders of Tomorrow! 

The Leaders of Tomorrow are recognized in 4 categories:

THE LEADERSHIP AWARD - is awarded to an individual that takes on a leadership role to bring about positive change to their school or community. The nominee demonstrates responsibility and drive, as well as initiative in starting new projects and programs.

THE VOLUNTEER AWARD - is awarded to a youth who is truly selfless and dedicated to helping others. The nominee shows commitment to bettering their community by volunteering for a cause they are passionate about.

THE ADVOCACY AWARD - is awarded to a youth who commits time and energy lending their voice to a cause to bring about social change. To receive this award, the nominee demonstrates passion and conviction.

THE PERSEVERANCE AWARD - is awarded to a youth who has prevailed over adversity in their life to help others. The nominee overcomes challenges and demonstrates inner strength and perseverance.

This year's recipients are:

LEADERSHIP AWARD

Kieara Hommy
Kierara's ability to lead, not just through words but by example, proves that the most influential people can often be the humblest. Her focus and dedication to working hard to pursue her passion for art have inspired others to work hard to achieve their goals.
Kieara is enrolled at Beaverlodge Regional High School and has volunteered to create artwork for Link Center and the Indigenous-centered space within the school.
She is a member of the Dungeons and Dragons club, Indigenous student council, and the Pitone Youth Group at the Friendship Center and Traditional Paths Society. With the Pitone Youth group, she has volunteered in events and workshops such as Spirit Seekers, Waniska young leaders retreat and NextGen Indigenous Career Exploration Day. In addition, she has helped at the Friendship Center, serving food, preparing kits and building garden boxes.
Kieara has promoted her Indigenous heritage through dance and learning and teaching traditional ways. She is a young woman who exemplifies the teachings of her Kokum; she would never expect recognition because she does things from the heart.
Kieara’s Charity of choice is the Canadian Red Cross
Congratulations Kieara!

Jeremy Larter
Chief Warrant Officer Larter is the senior cadet of the Grande Prairie Army Cadets and is a cadet that every Commanding Officer wishes they had.
Since his arrival, CWO Larter has demonstrated excellent leadership skills. He is a quiet young man yet always steps up (without being asked) to lead the younger cadets. He always participates in every local training/ community event and consistently sets an example of a senior cadet.
Since the arrival of COVID and the move toward virtual training, CWO Larter again has shown the example of a senior cadet. He is the only senior cadet who chooses to partake in the virtual CTC offerings in the summer of 2020/2021 and consistently attends every virtual unit training event, thus providing a valuable leadership example to the younger cadets.
CWO Larter volunteers with the Rotary Terry Fox event & food drive, winter Carnival, Regional fiddling workshops and historical competitions and the United Church delivering goods to different missions in the city.
Jeremy leads by example and always strives to help Cadets better themselves. He is a model youth of tolerance and inclusion.
Jeremy’s charity of choice is the Salvation Army Grande Prairie.
Congratulations Jeremy!

ADVOCACY AWARD

Erin Pele
Leaders who set out to make a difference distinguish themselves by doing more, learning more, and becoming more. Erin Pele is one of those leaders. While she wouldn’t necessarily describe herself as such, her impact in her school and community is far-reaching.
As a member of her school Social Justice Club (Maverick Movement), she initiated an awareness campaign about childhood cancer. In addition, she led fellow students to organize two separate fundraisers supporting sick children, a cause very close to her heart.
She has recently joined the 3D Children’s Society as a junior board member. In addition, she serves as co-captain of her high school volleyball team, is a certified volleyball referee and is an active member of the Grad Council at school.
Erin does not let anyone or anything place limitations on what she can achieve. At age fourteen, she displayed incredible strength and maturity in approaching all challenges with grace and courage when diagnosed with cancer. In doing so, she became not only a leader but also a teacher. Seeing her leadership potential, she was asked by teachers from a local school to share her story about maintaining positive mental health amidst challenges with over 200 students in grades 5-9.
No challenge is too big or small for Erin. In setting a personal goal to return to playing volleyball after two years of intensive chemotherapy, Erin has served as an example that hard work, a healthy lifestyle and a positive mindset can lead to excellent results. Simply put, she is intentional in choosing her actions to give back to the community that has given her so much.
Erin is a young lady with incredible self-discipline and perseverance. Despite her recent illness and a hectic schedule, she is an academic scholar, a trusted friend, a tutor to younger students, an athlete, and an advocate for causes she believes in.
In doing and learning, she distinguishes herself as a leader who blazes a trail for all those wishing to join her in hopes of becoming more for themselves and others.
Erin is quoted as saying, “I am just out, living my best life!”
Erin’s charity of choice is 3D Children’s Society.

Congratulations Erin!

Charla Savoury
Charla volunteers with GP Youth Voices, an advisory committee to GP Youth Hub. She is one of the founding members of the committee. Her experiences and input are very important in the implementation of new programs in Youth Hub. Charla is also active with other groups and events in the community such as Overdose Awareness Day and CBYF.
Through the support group Charla inspired and helped create, it will change the lives and mental wellbeing of countless youth in our community.
Charla has taken a difficult situation in her life and used it in a way to inform and help other youth, so they do not go through the same experiences
“Her bravery and voice are an inspiration”
Charla’s charity of choice is Sunrise House
Congratulations Charla!

PERSEVERANCE AWARD

Tinodaishe Pfupa
Tinodaishe is the winner of the 2021 Leaders of Tomorrow Award for Perseverance. Tinodaishe attends École Montrose School.
Within and beyond her school community, Tinodaishe is a bright light that lives her core values daily. She is a kind, empathetic leader who steps up every day to support and improve the lives of others.
Life has not always been easy and simple for Tino. Having lost her mother at age three and her father at age nine, Tino has experienced profound loss, discrimination, and hardship at a very young age. Yet, she displays incredible maturity beyond her years in her approach to life and challenges.
Tino works tirelessly to make her school a better place by volunteering on school committees, helping younger students, and taking leadership roles to initiate projects to give students a voice. She possesses the rare quality of knowing that small, daily acts of love can lead to positive changes and the creation of strong, resilient communities.
Tinodaishe’s charity of choice is the Edmonton Stollery Children's Hospital
Congratulations Tinodaishe.

Emily Soto
Emily is the winner of the 2021 Leaders of Tomorrow Award for Perseverance. Emily is 16 years old and has attended homeschooling for the past two years.
Throughout Junior high, Emily endured bullying from her peers, which is why she decided to homeschool. Staying motivated last year, Emily completed grade 10 a month early and received all her credits. This school year, in 8 weeks, Emily has half completed her grade 11 courses.
Emily is the second oldest in a family of 6 children and two proud, loving parents. She tries hard to help her parents around the house and spend time with her siblings.
Emily keeps herself goal-driven and dreams big. She also enjoys pow wow dancing throughout the summer months, dancing all over Alberta and at Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene powwow.
Emily has been part of the Pitone youth group for several years and volunteering her cooking skills and time to many events over the years.
She volunteers within her home community of Sturgeon Lake for cultural events, and she has sat on the Western Cree Tribal Council as a youth rep for her area.
She even finds time to volunteer at her mother’s organization, the Knowledge Tree for early learning.
Emily’s Charity of choice is the Pitone Youth Group at the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre
Congratulations Emily!

VOLUNTEERISM AWARD

Locklan Okimaw-Keels
Locklan is the winner of the 2021 Leaders of Tomorrow Award for Volunteerism. He is 14 years old, attending grade 9 at the John Paul 2 Catholic School.
Locklan has grown up in the Friendship Centre movement, and he has been a quiet helper at events and within the community. As a staff member's child, he is given many opportunities to volunteer, each with the option to decline.
Locklan is an active member of the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre's Pitone Youth Group and often helps with any community events that the youth group participates in.
During the pandemic, he was vital in helping with the delivery of Senior care hampers. The Grande Prairie Friendship Centre thanked him with an honorarium for his hard work. However, when we could not do that with our last round of hampers, he continued to volunteer, showing that the possibility of money wasn't his motivation for his help.
Locklan shows that even with social anxiety and non-verbal communication, you can still make a difference because there are no small roles when giving back to your community.
Locklan’s charity of choice is the Pitone Youth Group at the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre
Congratulations Locklan!
 
Kayla Humphreys
Kayla is the recipient of the 2021 Leaders of Tomorrow Award for Volunteerism. She is 17 years old and currently attending grade 12 at the Grande Prairie Composite High School.
Since she has been old enough to volunteer, Kayla has been volunteering at the Grande Prairie Public Library.
She did three summers of Reading Buddies with the Library, where she worked with younger kids on helping them read more confidently. As a Reading Buddy, Kayla didn't just volunteer for one session a week; she volunteered for as many sessions available.
Most recently, Kayla has joined the Library Initiative for Teens in the role of Shelf Manager every week, making sure that the teen area is organized and cleaned. In addition, Kayla takes on any extra duties offered to her. As one of our oldest volunteers, she sets a strong example for the younger volunteers, and they all look up to her.
Kayla's ultimate goal is to be an ESL teacher overseas, and her passion for inspiring youth has shown in her volunteer work at the Grande Prairie Public Library.
Everything Kayla does is to inspire and instill a love of reading in the people around her, especially the younger people.
Kayla’s charity of choice: Kids with Cancer Society
Congratulations Kayla!
 

Leaders of Tomorrow received a hundred dollar check for themselves and a hundred dollar check to donate to a charity of their choice.

Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Contributing Sponsor: 

International Paper
International Paper

Leaders of Tomorrow Awards presenting sponsor:
ATCO Group
ATCO Group

2021 Leader of Tomorrow Awards presented by ATCO

The 2021 Leaders of Tomorrow Awards presented by ATCO ATCO is proud to present the Leaders of Tomorrow awards and recognize the youths who give their time and effort to enhance their communities throughout the South Peace Region.
 

The Grande Prairie Regional Association of Volunteer Organizations is looking to recognize volunteer superstars between the ages of 13 to 18, living in the Grande Prairie region, as the next Leaders of Tomorrow! Individuals, community groups, educational institutions, and voluntary organizations are encouraged to nominate a young individual who deserves recognition for their commitment and leadership in assisting others.

The Awards will recognize youths in 4 categories:

THE LEADERSHIP AWARD - is awarded to an individual that takes on a leadership role to bring about positive change to their school or community. The nominee demonstrates responsibility and drive, as well as initiative in starting new projects and programs.

THE VOLUNTEER AWARD - is awarded to a youth who is truly selfless and dedicated to helping others. The nominee shows commitment to bettering their community by volunteering for a cause they are passionate about.

THE ADVOCACY AWARD - is awarded to a youth who commits time and energy lending their voice to a cause to bring about social change. To receive this award, the nominee demonstrates passion and conviction.

THE PERSEVERANCE AWARD - is awarded to a youth who has prevailed over adversity in their life to help others. The nominee overcomes challenges and demonstrates inner strength and perseverance.

The perfect nominees are those: Dedicated to Helping the Community; That Have A Fearless Approach; That Strive for Inclusion; Who Continuously Volunteer; That Have Endless Patience; Who Think Creatively; Who Are Eager to Take the Initiative; Who Are Driven by Passion; Who Work Well with Others; Who Inspire & Encourage Volunteerism; & Interested in Enhancing their Leadership Skills. 

Nominations are now closed. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can nominate an individual for the Leaders of Tomorrow Award?
    • Individuals, community groups, educational institutions, and voluntary organizations are encouraged to nominate a young individual who deserves recognition for their commitment and leadership in assisting others.
    • The nominator & nominee must reside in the Association’s Service Area.
    • Only two nominations per age category per nominating organization/individual are allowed.
Why should you nominate a young volunteer leader for this award?
    • It is a way to say thank you and show your appreciation.
    • It validates their leadership efforts and is a good self-esteem booster
    • It inspires the spirit of volunteerism and development of leadership skills in themselves and others
    • It provides you with the opportunity to put positive role models in the limelight
How do you nominate?
    • Complete all sections of the nomination form,
    • Have the nominee (if 18+) or their guardian or sign the form. Be sure to let the nominee know why you nominated them. Inform them that the committee will contact them for additional information.
    • Ensure the Nomination Form is submitted to the Association by Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021.
What does the Award Winners receive?
    • A trophy,
    • A certificate of achievement,
    • A cash award of $100.00, and
    • $100.00 to present to the non-profit organization of their choice.

The Awards will be presented on December 6th, 2021. A video of the presentation will be posted on our social media accounts later that week.

Nominations are now closed. 

Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Contributing Sponsor: 

Leaders of Tomorrow Awards presenting sponsor:
ATCO Group
ATCO Group

Meet the 2020 Leaders of Tomorrow

2020 Leaders of Tomorrow

ATCO is proud to present the Leaders of Tomorrow awards and recognize the youths who give their time and effort to enhance their communities throughout the South Peace Region.

The Leaders of Tomorrow Awards presented by ATCO, honour outstanding young Leaders in Grande Prairie and the surrounding area. The awards are presented to young individuals between the Ages of 13 to 18 who exhibit dedication and excellence in their fields of volunteer work including school, community, social activism, athletics or arts; and, inspire the spirit of volunteerism in others. Recipients receive a Leaders of Tomorrow Awards trophy, a certificate, cash award of $100, and a $100 donation to the charity of their choice. The Awards are usually handed out in April at the annual National Volunteer Week Appreciation Luncheon, but the Luncheon was also postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

A video compilation for this year’s awards is available at https://youtu.be/ofCobE_1jGY.

This year we recognized 8 Leaders of Tomorrow in 4 categories; Leadership, Volunteering, Advocacy and Perseverance.

The 2020 Leaders of Tomorrow are: 

Age Group 13 to 15

Zac JinklingLeadership Award - Zac Jickling
Zac Jickling is the winner of the 2020 Leaders of Tomorrow Award for Leadership.  Zac attends Sexsmith Secondary School.
 
Zac has distinguished himself through outstanding community involvement, demonstrating thoughtfulness, determination and a quiet strength in motivating and inspiring others to grow and develop their potentials. 
 
Zac is very involved in the Sexsmith multi 4-H club and has volunteered in numerous events the club has organized. He was part of the 4-H student exchange program and spent a year in Japan.  Each year Zac also volunteers for the United Church Fall Supper and the Sexsmith Annual food drive.
 
Zac continues to challenge himself to develop new skills.  He demonstrates leadership in his calm demeanor rising above circumstances and maintaining personal and group stability.  Zac continually sets an example by going the extra mile and doing more than what’s expected.   
 
As a young Leader of Tomorrow, Zac has demonstrated perseverance and confidence.  He is able to move people towards new possibilities and purposes, accepting, handling and thriving in the midst of change. 
 
We look forward to seeing his continued success.
 
Congratulations Zac.
 
Nikolas SladeVolunteering Award - Nikolas Slade
Nikolas Slade is the winner of the 2020 Leaders of Tomorrow Award for Volunteerism.  Nikolas attends Sexsmith Secondary School. 
 
Nikolas is a trusted and reliable volunteer and gives his time to help the seniors in his community going above and beyond the usual role of a volunteer.  He is dedicated and committed to ensuring that seniors can remain independent and living in their homes for as long as possible.  No matter what the task Nikolas is willing to help part of which is making sure their sidewalks are clean, the leaves raked and the snow is shoveled.  He is also involved in the Bread Run project in Sexsmith. 
 
This young man demonstrates how change begins with the smallest intentions for the benefit of the community; Nikolas is an inspiration for all ages as he works to lighten the load of many residents in Sexsmith.  
 
Congratulations Nikolas.
 
Akisa MukagaAdvocacy Award - Akisa Mukaga
Akisa Mukaga is a grade 7 student at St. Josephs High School.   She has a passion for fighting social injustice and her unconditional respect for all people regardless of their circumstance has created in Akisa the drive and resolution to find her voice and advocate for social change and a better future for her generation.
 
Akisa has the courage and a willingness to do something in spite of fear.  She looks for the positive and builds from a position of strength and hope.  Her ability to recognize the significance of small acts in the effort to attain a greater outcome is showcased by her involvement in the community and her school. 
 
This past summer the progression of anti-blackness and antiracism movements encapsulated by the Black Lives Matter movement, the barrage of black deaths on TV at the hands of law enforcement coupled with her own experience of being the subject of racial bullying motivated Akisa to raise awareness in her own community.  Akisa and a friend collaborated with local organizers to plan for and lead the Black Lives Matter protest in Grande Prairie. 
 
Akisa is an avid champion for the rights of others.  She intervenes and supports her classmates and other students who are being subjected to bullying and discrimination.  She also manages the unsanctioned Grande Prairie BLM Facebook page.
 
Against a background of climate change, a global pandemic and racism Akisa is a change-maker for her generation. A young Leader of Tomorrow, she is raising her voice and proving that there is no age limit for social change.   
 
Congratulations Akisa.
 
Mark TagalPerseverance Award - Mark Tagal
Mark is a young man from Valleyview, who initially was very shy, through volunteering he has found his voice in speaking up for those less fortunate. He has shown us that dedication and perseverance can have an incredible impact on personal growth and the community.
 
The winner of the 2020 Leaders of Tomorrow Award for Perseverance, Mark is a student at Hillside High School in Valleyview. 
 
Mark is passionate about helping others: he volunteers in the school assisting with a variety of programs.  He also fundraises for local, national and international charities. His infinite patience, kindness and empathy is evident in his time spent with residents in long-term care.  He is often found helping wherever and whenever needed within his community.
 
Through perseverance, hard work and commitment Mark has developed strengths and talents that he didn’t know he possessed.  He has improved the present for many, inspired others to develop a sense of pride and interest in volunteering and in so doing is ensuring a healthy secure future for his community.  
 
Congratulations Mark.
 
 

Age Group 16 to 18

Quinn BestLeadership Award - Quinn Best
Quinn Best is the winner of the 2020 Leaders of Tomorrow Award for Leadership. Quinn attends Beaverlodge Regional High School. 
 
Quinn is an exemplary role model who empowers and supports others to achieve their very best at whatever they do.  She motivates, inspires and encourages her peers and younger students to give back to the community by leading with example and promoting civic pride. 
 
Never one to shy away from what is needed to be done; Quinn is involved in a wide range of volunteer activities in Beaverlodge.  She is a Youth Leader for various organizations as well as an assistant volleyball coach.  She is often found working in the office or the canteen at her school, helping out with the community activities including the Beaverlodge Food drive and is a involved member with the Blazing Emeralds 4-H. 
 
Quinn finds solutions to challenges and embodies caring, understanding and kindness in everything she does.  She focuses on the strength and resiliency of her community, demonstrates responsibility and drive and actively looks for opportunities to help build the future of her school and community.  
 
This year has brought change and anxiety to many, clearly exposing that we live in a turbulent and uncertain world.  Young leaders such as Quinn demonstrate the hope and pride of their generation.  We know that tomorrow will be in good hands with her. 
 
Congratulations Quinn.
 
Shaen GignacVolunteering Award - Shaen Gignac
Shaen Gignac is an outstanding member of the Valleyview community and the recipient for the 2020 Leaders of Tomorrow Award for Volunteerism. Shaen attends Hillside High School.
 
Shaen makes his daily life an opportunity to help others.  He starts every school morning arriving before everyone else to ensure that all is ready for 250 students to eat breakfast.  He has done this for the last three years.  As an active member of the Christian Leadership Group at his school, Shaen, volunteers at the local daycare, visits residents in long-term care and other community activities.  He also helps fundraise for a wide variety of charities and causes.    
 
Shaen can be counted on to get the job done; he is representative of his generation of change makers, empathic, responsible and always striving to better the lives of others. 
We commend Shaen for his passion and drive to bring about positive change through volunteering.
 
Congratulations Shaen.
 
Rosie PlanteAdvocacy Award - Rosie Plante
Sometimes advocacy doesn’t mean picking up placards and marching in demonstrations, sometimes it means picking up the banner for one person and in so doing one changes the trajectory of acceptance for many others. 

Rosie Plante displays a seriousness and resolve far beyond her years.  She is incredibly hard working and completely dedicated to her siblings. At a very young age she became the champion for an older sibling struggling with mental health and identity issues.  Her advocacy has shone a light on the need for better local services and support for the families of Transgender people.   
 
Determined to make a better life for herself and her siblings, Rosie has worked tirelessly to both graduate early from Charles Spencer High School and to provide financially to make a move to Edmonton possible for herself and her sibling. 
 
In all of this, Rosie still finds time for volunteering. When asked why she volunteers, Rosie said “It makes me acknowledge how much I have in life and I am happy to give back.” 
 
Change starts with one person willing to take the first step towards action. Leading by example through determination, courage and holding true to her own values, goals and ideals Rosie has demonstrated the power of youth for social change.
 
Congratulations Rosie.
 
Natasha ManahanPerseverance Award - Natasha Manahan
The meaning of hidden gem is something that is a rare find that not many people know about: a most fitting description for Natasha Manahan. This quiet, soft spoken young lady is the first to step up to help in any situation.
 
Life has not always been easy for Natasha, and for some this would be an excuse not to give back not so for Natasha. Natasha has volunteered for several years at the Street Performers Festival, Grande Prairie Friendship Center, as well as other agencies within our community.
 
Working hard, following her convictions, commitment and dreaming big are the cornerstones of this young woman’s belief system and despite obstacles she has had to overcome Natasha’s determination, courage and genuine compassion for others has helped to inspire others to also give back. She is a shining example to other young people and has worked incredibly hard to get where she is today.
 
We are so very pleased to be able to recognize this remarkable young woman with the 2020 Leaders of Tomorrow Award for Perseverance.
 
Congratulations Natasha.
 
 

The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau Staff & Board would like to thank the following organizations for sponsoring this year's Leaders of Tomorrow Awards:

Presenting Sponsor
ATCO
Contributing Sponsor 
international paper

 

Award Sponsors
county of grande prairie fcss town of sexsmith fcss
Wembley FCSS Town of Beaverlodge FCSS
Additional Sponsors
Alberta Tim Hortons
Special Thank you to Tom Pura for being the Master of Ceremonies.
 

 

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