Donovan Taplin known as "Bell Island's Boy Wonder" has put his mark on his community, province, and beyond. After a youth learning expedition to the Arctic he was inspired to create the Green Island Society (a youth environmental group). He's also been a volunteer with the Bell Island Tidy Town Committee and Tourism Bell Island. In 2011, he became the first youth member of the Radio Bell Island committee; his leadership and initiative have since paved the way for other youth to get involved. Even while attending school full time, he was a lead member of the committee volunteering up to 40 hours a week and successfully delivering community radio to Bell Island. He also travelled to the province's west coast to assist in the launch of the Voice of Bonne Bay Radio. He continues to be an advisor on the committee for topics which engage youth in the wider community. In recognition of his leadership and outstanding volunteer contributions in 2012 Donovan was awarded the prestigious TD Canada Trust Scholarship for Community Leadership. In February 2013, Donovan was selected as one of eight Global Youth Ambassadors with the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) Active8 campaign. His social media campaign has inspired over 763 commitments to positive social change.
Hometown: Bell Island
Check out this video highlighting Donovan's accomplishments.