URock Legends

2015 Legends:

  • Courtney Jones
    • Courtney is 20 years old, and has been volunteering in her communities for about as long. She received her first formal recognition for volunteering at just 11 years old, and as her nominator says, “has not stopped since!” Over the years, she’s raised funds for the Terry Fox Foundation, SPCA, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Janeway Children’s Hospital, Children’s Wish Foundation, and the Walk for Lupus. She’s also leant her musical talents to the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, and athletic ability to the Easter Seals Swim Therapy Program. Courtney has represented her hometown of Torbay in several Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador Pageants, and was selected to represent Newfoundland and Labrador as Miss Teen Northern Avalon at the Miss Teen Canada-World Pageant. She’s just finished her second year at Memorial University in St. John’s, where she has already achieved the second level of the University’s Volunteer Incentive Program, and has ambitions of eventually entering medical school.
  • Meagan Sampson
    • Meagan is a 23-year-old from Stephenville with a diverse portfolio of volunteer experience. Meagan gives her time and energy to the Virginia Park Community Centre, the Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and serves as Charity Representative for her Residence House at Memorial University – and that’s just what she’s contributing to at present! Meagan’s assisted with Sunday School, organized Christmas Food hampers, raised funds for international organizations, and continues to volunteer on campus
      through the Student Volunteer Bureau and Winter Orientation, empowering other students to get involved. With a diverse set of skills and experience, Meagan serves her communities with a “dedication to volunteerism and those around her that is both inspiring and refreshing,” say her nominators.
  • Nitish Bhatt
    • Nitish is a 16-year-old resident of St. John’s who is originally from India. His nominators say that his experience as an immigrant has allowed him to see and work to fix the differences of opportunity and equality for people all over the world. In 2009, Nitish created his own child and youth education organization called United4Literacy. Through a variety of fundraisers and awareness campaigns, the now eight-person group has sponsored the education of six children in Kakinada,
      Southern India. It’s clear, as his nominators say, that “Nitish does not have a single greatest strength; he has many.” Passionate about education, youth homelessness, child poverty, child trafficking, journalism, debate, youth political involvement, and particularly, the environment, Nitish is responsible for a series of outreach and fundraising initiatives across the city that contribute to positive change in our world.
  • Brittany Tibbo
    • 25-year-old Brittany Tibbo grew up in Holyrood, and is now based in St. John’s. In her volunteer efforts, she works to promote women in politics, economic development, youth involvement in business, gender equality, and the development of a municipal park in her neighborhood. Whether she’s Vice-Chairing the YWCA St. John’s Board of Directors or teaching elementary-aged children important business skills, Brittany’s nominators say that she “not only gives freely of her time, buy also creates an environment where other people are encouraged to volunteer.” She has been awarded 21 Inc’s Emerging Leader Award: Top 50 Emerging Leaders in Atlantic Canada under 35, as well as the prestigious Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Through her volunteer work, Brittany is working to create a Newfoundland and Labrador where all young people grow up with equal opportunity and equal voice, regardless of their gender identity.
  • Mackenzie Dove
    • Whether she’s walking the stage at Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador, or cleaning, feeding, and caring for the animals at the local SPCA, 19-year-old Mackenzie Dove from Clarenville is a “hard worker who is always willing to lend a helping hand,” her nominators say. In 2014, Mackenzie was awarded the Clarenville High School Student of the Year and the Lion’s Club Junior Volunteer of the Year
      Awards, and in 2015, she received the Clarenville High School Scholarship Trust Foundation Scholarship. Now, as President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Youth Parliament, and Charity Representative for her Residence House at Memorial University, Mackenzie continues to work voluntarily making space for and empowering other young people to get involved in their communities.
  • Megan Glover
    • 15-year-old Megan Glover is a young entrepreneur from Bay Bulls. Megan has been an integral member of her school’s Social Action Team, organizing a series of fundraisers and campaigns, many of which have contributed to the school’s Brick Campaign to raise $10,000 in funding to allow a community in-need to construct a new school building. Megan is a current Easter Seals Ambassador, and as part of
      this work has launched her own annual fundraising effort, Megan’s Night of Music. The event, in its second year, is a highly-successful charitable music event in aid of Easter Seals and the Brick Campaign, and features performers like Rex Goudie, Michael Duffy, Sean McCann, and Megan herself! Her school principal shared with us that Megan “is one of these young people I spend more time getting out of her way than helping her out. Megan rocks!”
  • Mallory Basha
    • Mallory Basha is a 17-year-old community-oriented volunteer from Corner Brook. Mallory starts her day by providing breakfast to the 1000 students at her high school through the School Breakfast Club. From there, it’s the responsibilities that come with being President of her Student Council, supporting the activities and groups of the school, as well as advocating for student politics and youth issues in her community. After school, she’s organizing fundraisers and campaigns for organizations like Amnesty International, Operation Christmas Child, the 30-hour Famine, the Canadian Cancer Society, and Free the Children. Locally, Mallory has organized a Shoe Drive for kids in her community, and has raised $1000 through her first-ever fundraiser to ease the cost of a classmate’s lung transplant surgery in Ontario. Like her nominators say, “Mallory is a role model for her peers because of her strong academics, positive personality, community and school involvement, and leadership skills.”
  • Youth Leadership Council of Choices for Youth
    • The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is a youth-led program of Choices for Youth, an organization that works to empower at-risk and homeless youth in St. John’s. The YLC began in 2011 when a group of natural leaders, all of whom were living in Choices’ transitional housing, wanted to officially contribute to the programming at the organization. Since then, this volunteer group has grown to a Council of 12 people that inform and critique the programming offered by Choices for Youth, ensuring that the lived realities of the organizations’ clients are a part of the decisions around programs that exist for them. In addition, the YLC works in the community to help educate others on the realities of living at-risk and homeless. They have developed and deliver free-of-charge workshops on self-injury, bullying, and self-love to high schools across the province, as well as to the Schools of Social Work, Psychology, and Nursing in the city. When youth homelessness is not a part of an individual’s everyday life, the gap between perception and reality on this issue can be enormous. The work of the Youth Leadership Council closes this gap, and connects funders, the community, and support systems to real information and lived experience that saves lives.

 

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