White Oaks Secondary School
University of Toronto Scarborough Academics Award
High academic achievement has been the norm for Ginette, from elementary through to secondary schools. A perennial Honours student with an average of 94% in her final year, she excels in maths and sciences with corresponding awards for regional and provincial contests, science fairs, and business competitions. She has always pursued education with a passion that attributes to the work ethic of her parents and grandparents whose goal was to provide a bright future for their children. An all-round student, she has volunteered at numerous community organizations; plays basketball; and bakes, her favourite pastime.
Ginette is attending McMaster University.
The Woodlands School
Kotcheff Family Arts Award
Love of the arts best describes Matthew’s immersion in visual arts, music, and web, industrial and graphic design. Having completed Grade 10 grade piano, Grade 2 theory, and Grade 4 harmony at the Royal Conservatory of Music, he has performed in jazz bands, concerts and competitions. In communications technology, he attained the highest marks for three consecutive years in a row. In addition to having a studio for portrait, product and nature photography, he is an event photographer for community events, as well as a graphic and web designer.
Although Matthew has a strong background in painting, sculpture, modeling, pottery, drawing and sketching, he has focused his art skills in automobile design. A finalist in numerous car magazine design competitions, he works part-time as a designer for Top Tuners, the top auto tuning company in Canada.
Matthew is studying Industrial Design at Humber College.
Streetsville Secondary School
Murphy & Chung Chartered Accountants Athletics Award
Alison, an Honours student and elite-level athlete, has been on a winning streak since the age of seven. At that time, she started playing soccer at the house league level, advancing to the select level, then developing into a multi-sport athlete (in sports too numerous to list), and finally settling with her passion for hockey. Within one year, she progressed from the lowest competitive level, Bantam C, and jumped five levels to Midget AA. After four years of competitive hockey and accolades, such as, Most Valuable Player, Female Athlete of the Year, Leading Scorer, Most Dedicated Player, Most Sportsmanlike Player, Alison attained her goal of obtaining a spot with a university women’s varsity program. Her dream came true when she was signed with an Ivy League hockey team—Brown University Bears in Providence, Rhode Island.
Alison is pursuing her next goal while she is studying at Brown University— becoming a medical practitioner.
TD Canada Trust Community Service Award
Overcoming a medical condition was no impediment to Megan whose commitment to helping others has broadened her outlook and perspective. Volunteerism has been a priority in her life…looking after newborns, orienting patients, and translating for Chinese-speaking patients at the Scarborough General Hospital; helping a Grade 4 newcomer with his homework and reading skills at the Toronto Public Library; caring for children at Sunday School; sorting donations at the Daily Bread Food Bank; and, lending a helping hand at other community organizations.
Her other achievements are reflected in a 90%+ average, Bronze Level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, First Class Honours in Grade 7 piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and numerous awards in math and music.
Megan is in her final year at Havergal College.