On April 13, 2015, Danielle, a Grade 11 student from IE Weldon, was the recipient of the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers. This medal acknowledges outstanding contributions made by young volunteers between the ages of 15 and 24 across the province. Each year, thousands of nominations are received, and only eight were selected for 2015.  Danielle is currently studying International Baccalaureate and French Immersion diplomas, and maintains an average of 92 – 96 per cent while contributing to the community.

When Danielle was just 12, she learned that almost half of the food collected by the Kawartha Lakes Food Source food bank went to families in her own community of Lindsay. It was a number she just couldn’t get out of her head, and it highlighted for her the great need in her home town. She contacted her own school principal as well as 17 other schools, local businesses, and the school board office asking if she could leave a donation bin with them. In less than one year she managed to collect 3,000 food items and several hundred dollars in donations for the Kawartha Lakes Food Source. The spark in Danielle that was lit at age 12 continues to burn strong. Her volunteer efforts expanded to a number of projects and organizations. She became involved with Me to We, helped out at a local women’s shelter, and raised funds for the Lindsay Academy Theatre. Today, she is the only youth to be named to the Board of the Kawartha Lakes Food Source. Now in high school, Danielle continues to help her community. She tutors other students and supports her elderly neighbours by visiting with them, baking and helping with yard work, and caring for their pets. Danielle has logged over 800 hours of volunteer work, she participates in many extracurricular activities, and is very active in the community.

The Ontario Youth Volunteer Medal Ceremony was held at Queens Park, hosted by the Lieutenant Governor and attended by several MPPs, Fighter Chiefs, and several OPP Officers. The day included a nice luncheon and beautiful ceremony complete with photos.

You can view the event video by visiting this link:

2015 Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers

Photos from the event are below. On behalf of TLDSB, congratulations Danielle!