Recognizing Outstanding Student Leaders

June 12, 2014

They are entrepreneurs, volunteers, active in their communities and yet they are still in high school. During the Canadian Business Hall of Fame Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony in Toronto on May 15, 2014, Junior Achievement of Canada awarded the 2014 youth scholarships to six deserving recipients. Each year, Junior Achievement recognizes amazing young people through a variety of scholarships and awards.

“Our scholarship program recognizes student excellence at the highest level,” says Mr. Keith Publicover, Junior Achievement of Canada’s President & CEO. “Through our extensive application and selection process, these students have risen to the top of their class and have proven to be winners. It is our hope they are able to continue along this path as they prepare to lead the challenges of business in Canada for future generations.”

2014 Deloitte Inspiration Award recipients –
Jotham Chow, Kaela Fraser, Christopher Lu, Eric Sheppard

Deloitte Inspiration Awards
A long-time supporter of the Junior Achievement awards and scholarships program, the Deloitte Inspiration awards are given to students who have demonstrated thoughtful perspectives and the attributes required to succeed in the workforce.

2014 Peter Mansbridge Positive Change Award recipient –

Hannah Northgraves

2014 Peter Mansbridge Youth Leadership Award recipient –
Vivien Varga

Peter Mansbridge Positive Change Award and Youth Leadership
Every year, CBC Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge awards two of the largest youth scholarships to hard-working young students in Canada. The Peter Mansbridge Positive Change scholarship is awarded to a student who promotes a vision of prosperity for our nation and is committed to making a positive change. The Peter Mansbridge Youth Leadership Award is given to a student who personifies the values and attributes of a successful business or community leader.

Background on the 2014 Student Award Winners

Jotham Chow — Jotham is quickly developing a global outlook. He attends Stratford Hall in Vancouver as a grade 11 International Baccalaureate student. Among his activities, Jotham is currently the Undersecretary General of Marketing for a Model United Nations conference, and Chief Operating Officer for the SDC Blue Ribbon Foundation (SDC helps improve the lives of children with disabilities). He first took part in Junior Achievement in grade 10, and has since become a Junior Achievement Ambassador and attended the Next Generation Leaders Forum. His other diverse interests include piano, fencing and playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Kaela Fraser — As an avid baker and budding scientist, Kaela knows the importance of experimenting. Her wide experiences are giving her the ingredients to succeed. Kaela lives in Halifax, and is a grade 10 student at Sir John A. MacDonald High School. This was her first year in the Junior Achievement program, where she was a member of the Alpine Adventures Junior Achievement company. Kaela is very involved with her school community, and is a member of the rugby and cross-country teams. She also works part-time in the bakery at the Atlantic Superstore. Her hobbies include reading, baking and horseback riding, and her favourite subjects are English and Science. She plans to study Science in university, and would like to learn more about Neurology.

Christopher Lu — It’s no surprise that Christopher likes public speaking. He has always been exposed to multiple languages – born in Hong Kong, living in Montreal, moving to China, then back to Canada. He even took Latin at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal. His ease with speaking came in handy when some Junior Achievement classmates were overwhelmed by balancing their academics with their Junior Achievement company. “I delivered motivational speeches before every session,” says Christopher. What drew him to Junior Achievement? “I was looking for an activity that would challenge me to improve who I am as a student, leader and person. My experience was incredible, as it brought me to discover and develop my potential.” His favourite hobbies are fencing, the Model United Nations and Young Democrats, a knowledge-based competition. At school, Christopher loves Math because of the logical reasoning, and Ethics and Religious Culture for the opposite reason: “It throws me out of my comfort zone, and makes me question my beliefs and values in order to become a better person.”

Hannah Northgraves — Hannah already knows you can do well and do good. The grade 12 honours student at Glendale High School in Tillsonburg, Ontario was VP of Marketing for her successful Junior Achievement company. A $10 share returned the shareholders $92.17, and the company also donated some proceeds to cancer research. Hannah says her experience in Junior Achievement has taught her many aspects of business, leadership and teamwork. She enjoys dancing, swimming and travel, and spent the 2012-2013 school year in Venezuela as a Rotary Youth Exchange student.

Eric Sheppard — Eric Sheppard, a grade 10 student at the Etobicoke School of the Arts in Toronto, is an accomplished musician and composer. He plays double bass with a youth orchestra and as a soloist, and has had his works performed by several chamber ensembles. Eric understands harmony, and also brings it into his life by adding many interests. He is a member of the swim, rugby and track and field teams, and part of the Model United Nations Club. In November 2013, Eric founded Heroes Against Hunger, a business that sells comics and donates profits to the Oakville Fareshare Food Bank. He also joined the Junior Achievement Company Program in 2013, and his experience has sparked a genuine interest in business. In his free time, Eric enjoys reading about history and finance.

Vivien Varga — Vivien, born in Edmonton, is finishing grade 12 at Holy Cross High School in Saskatoon. She describes herself as an avid reader, curious, and having an “expansive” outlook on life. For the past three years, Vivien has been involved in the Junior Achievement Company Program, holding the positions of VP of Information Technology, VP of Production and President. Beyond Junior Achievement and her school studies, Vivien balances her time volunteering and working for the University of Saskatchewan aquatics team. This lifeguard and Red Cross swimming instructor is already making waves. She says all her experiences have refined her leadership abilities, defining her as an adaptable team player and effective communicator. Her goal: “Always strive to be the best that I can be.”

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