Thursday, July 23, 2009

Youth of the Year twice!

Manpreet Kaur is the vice-president here at the Prince Goerge Sikh Youth Society and she has been recently honored by being named both Prince George Youth of the Year and Canada Day Youth Award. Here are some press releases and pictures.

Press Release- Sidhu Wins Youth Award
Prince George Free Press

Manpreet Kaur Sidhu is ahead of her time. She took part in the Head Start program at UNBC which allowed her to complete a university course during her final year of high school. If all goes according to plan, Sidhu, 17, will enter UNBC this fall and plans a future in medicine. On June 15, Sidhu was named Youth of the Year 2009 at a city council meeting where Mayor Dan Rogers presented her with a plaque and spoke of her many accomplishments.

“Manpreet is an outstanding young woman who has not only achieved high standards academically but has also reached out to the community as an active volunteer. The Youth of the Year Award is well-deserved.”

In a City of Prince George press release, recreation coordinator Cheryl Livingstone-Leman said Sidhu understands the value of living a balanced life, and part of that for her is giving back to the community.

“She is bright, energetic, compassionate and always willing to lend a hand. She is mature beyond her years and is a very positive role model for youth of all ages.”

The Grade 12 College Heights Secondary school student achieved a 97 per cent average in Grade 11 and has given her time to several local organizations. She has volunteered at The Exploration Place as a Science Alliance Leader helping children aged 6 to 12 learn about and enjoy science. At school, she volunteered as a tutor for Grade 9 students and through her efforts, the students she helped improved their grades.

Sidhu is what some might call a “well-rounded” student with many interests. She volunteers with Prince George Sikh Youth Society, the Canadian Diabetes Association, PHRH, Community Policing, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Punjabi Canadian Seniors Society and IMMS. She’s also involved with Smart Growth on the Ground and the Fraser Basin Council. Her special interest is in bridging the gap between the older Indo-Canadian population and younger generation.

Sidhu speaks English, French and Punjabi and volunteers every Sunday to teach young children the Punjabi language and pass on cultural traditions. In her spare time, she enjoys sports and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Prince George citizen
Busy volunteer wins youth of year award
Written by Christine Skorepa
Citizen staff
Friday, 12 June 2009

Manpreet Kaur Sidhu, whose average was 97 per cent in Grade 11 and is now in Grade 12 at College Heights secondary, is focusing her energy on the Indo-Canadian youth and how to engage them in volunteerism.
"I want to encourage youth involvement in the community," said Sidhu. "I want to empower the youth to make a difference in the community, because they really can."
Recently she helped organize a seminar on gang violence, and her youth group donated blankets to the Elizabeth Fry Society, stuffed animals to the pediatrics department at the hospital and also helped raise funds for the playground there too.
Sidhu said she volunteers with the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Prince George Sikh Youth Society, PGRH, community policing, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Punjabi Canadian Seniors society, the Immigrant and Multicultural Society, the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Society, as well as the Smart Growth on the Ground program and the Fraser Basin Council.
"I plan to stay in Prince George because I love it here," said Sidhu. "I will go to UNBC for my bachelor of science and then on to medical school to be a doctor. I want to go to different countries to help people then settle in Prince George. I am very connected to the community."
Sidhu is also a black belt in tae kwon-do.
Next on her list is a seminar entitled Living Well with Diabetes to be held on June 28 at UNBC from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be two guest speakers and she said she will say a few words, too

Manpreet was also the Canada Youth of the Year and was presented the award by Shirley Gratton on Canada Day. She represents PGSYS and is helping get the word out on our society and its mission and goals.

Manpreet and her teachers/principal from College Heights Secondary School

Manpreet with MLA Shirley Bond and MLA Pat Bell

All of the Volunteers recgonized

Manpreet being presented the award from Mayor Dan Rogers and Councillor Garth Frizzell.

Manpreet being presented with Canada Day Youth Award by Shirley Gratton at the Canada's Day Event at Fort George Park

Board of Director Baljit Sethi of Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society with Manpreet

1 comment:

  1. wow whos that hunched guy with white hair in the middle???????