United Way of Peel Region’s Young Leaders Council Recognize Youth at the Annual Youth Spirit Awards

PEEL REGION (April 20, 2016) – United Way of Peel Region’s Young Leaders Council handed out nine awards tonight recognizing young champions across the region.

United Way of Peel Region’s Youth Spirit Awards honour the inspiration and passion evident in the very best youth-led campaigns and fundraising events.

“Over the last few months we have seen students and teachers participate in various creative initiatives such as: plays, books sales, bake sales, and even fashion shows just to name a few” said Shelley White, President and CEO of United Way of Peel Region. “I am so inspired by the kindness and generosity of the youth. And it’s because of their efforts we are able to invest funds into programs and services that will make a real difference in the lives of youth and their families across Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Together we are improving our communities.”

“As United Way of Peel Region’s Board Chair I have had the privilege to learn about the wonderful work our schools and the youth have done to support United Way and also to help us provide the community with real change” said John Russo, United Way of Peel Region’s Board Chair. “I believe that engaging youth at all levels is important and to see so many of them engaged and passionate about giving back, is really something special”

The event welcomed Tony Pontes, Director of Education, Peel District School Board and Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans who provided remarks and also presented awards to the youth.

About United Way of Peel Region

Established in 1967, United Way of Peel Region inspires people from all walks of life to come together to raise funds, volunteer and motivate policy and attitude changes that lead to the improvement of people’s quality of life in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. United Way’s community investment focus is to help individuals and families move from a life of poverty to one full of possibilities, to ensure all children have the opportunity to be all they can be, and to build strong communities. For more information on United Way’s work in the community visit: www.unitedwaypeel.org.

Media contacts:

Roy Saad | Manager, Stakeholder Engagement
416-356-6344 (mobile) | rsaad@unitedwaypeel.org | @unitedwaypeel

 2015 Youth Spirit Award Winners

Uniquely Yours Award: This award is presented to the group that holds the most creative and unique special event in support of United Way of Peel Region. In order to be eligible for this award.

  • Winner, Elementary Division: Larkspur Public School
  • Winner, Secondary Division: Glenforest Secondary School

Helping Hand Award: This award is presented to the group that has the most participants at an event that demonstrates extraordinary teamwork and is focused on community issue.

  • Winner, Elementary Division: Whitehorn Public School
  • Winner, Secondary Division: Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School

Social Spirit Award: This award is presented to group with the best use of social media in creating a team logo, team name, event information, photos, and in providing communications and internal support.

  • Winner: Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (ICCIT) Council – University of Toronto, Mississauga

Biggest Bucks Award: This award is presented to the group that raises the most money for United Way of Peel Region.

  • Winner, Elementary Division: Ruth Thompson Middle School
  • Winner, Secondary Division: Fernforest Public School

Show Your Spirit Award: This award is presented to an elementary or middle school group who completes the best artistic awareness and educational activity that promotes the mission of United Way of Peel Region (Poverty Reduction)

  • Winner: Copeland Public School

Emerging Leader Award: This award is presented to an individual in their senior years of High school or Post-Secondary Student who has gone above and beyond to help their community and has worked towards one or more of United Way’s three pillars (Moving people from poverty to possibility, Helping Kids be all they can be, Building strong Communities).

  • Winner: Prachir Pasricha