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Moira SS student honoured as “Change the World Youth Ambassador”

On Monday, June 27, 2011, Jocelyn Bovay, Moira Secondary School, was presented with the Change the World Youth Ambassador Award by the Lieutenant Governor. This award recognizes outstanding youth volunteers between the ages of 14 and 18. Jocelyn’s nomination came directly from Volunteer and Information Quinte and was supported by staff at Moira.

Jocelyn was an exemplary champion for Moira’s involvement in both the 2010 and 2011 Change the World Ontario Youth Challenge. Not only was she involved in engaging Moira students in volunteerism, but she worked as part of a larger community youth team to promote the challenge in all eight of Hastings and Prince Edward District secondary schools. In fact, it was her leadership and ingenuity that led to the opening ceremonies at the Gleaners Food Bank that included presentations from the The Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education and The Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. She eloquently introduced these speakers and highlighted the importance of youth involvement in volunteerism.

Last year, Moira Secondary was the very proud recipient of the inaugural Change the World Ontario Youth Challenge Award. It was Jocelyn’s unwavering encouragement of the Moira student population that led to this victory. She provided multiple opportunities for her fellow students to get involved with supporting others both in and outside of the school environment. This Spring the number of volunteer hours achieved by our students during this challenge was astronomically greater.

On May 20, 2011, Moira held a highly successful Relay for Life event to support cancer victims, as well as their support networks. Jocelyn worked tirelessly to bring this event to life by speaking at assemblies, visiting classrooms, and inviting survivors to participate in the “Survivor Lap”. Her passion for this event was highly evident throughout the process. Over $20,000 was raised through this event.

Over the years, Jocelyn has engaged in numerous other activities to support her communities—far too many to mention. As a member of Moira’s student council, she has supported the Christmas Sharing Program and other charitable events. She organized Moira students to participate in the annual trash bash and in supporting the Belleville Humane Society. She is a member of our Grad Club and has played on a number of school teams. Jocelyn is truly worthy of this recognition!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca