Vancouver, BC - The Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF), in partnership with Trevor Linden, is proud to award the Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship to four outstanding secondary school graduates throughout British Columbia. The $2,500 scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership through a commitment to affecting positive change in their communities. Since its introduction in 2008, the Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship has awarded $70,000 to 28 graduating students from across British Columbia.
“Once again this year, we receive hundreds of applications from incredible students across BC, and again they continue to amaze me,” said Linden. “It is an honour to be able to offer these extraordinary youth financial support as they pursue post-secondary education.”
2016 Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship recipients:
Parwaz Brar is a graduating student from North Delta Secondary School in Delta. Parwaz has a true passion for giving back. Not only does he volunteer every Saturday at his Temple, he is a member of North Delta Student Council, Unified 4 Change Organization, Make the Choice Foundation, and the Delta Youth Advisory Council. Further, Parwaz initiated his own campaign called Paws 4 Hope, in which he organized a clothing drive and healthy foods fundraiser to help the less fortunate on the Downtown East Side of Vancouver. Through this initiative, 1800 clothing items were donated and 300 meals were served to those in need. Parwaz also has a passion for science and volunteers with the SFU Department of Chemistry researching lung cancer and detection methods. In the fall, he will be attending the University of British Columbia, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology with a minor in Commerce.
Leah DeZeeuw is a graduating student from Sa-Hali Secondary School in Kamloops. Leah has been an excellent ambassador addressing the importance of mental health awareness by creating The Happiness Club at Sa-Hali Secondary. The Happiness Club educates students and aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. It provides a safe place for students to positively discuss mental health and create initiatives to spread happiness throughout the school and community. Not only did Leah found the Happiness Club, she also created the Humanitarian Club to encourage students to volunteer on both a local and global scale. Further, Leah initiated two separate campaigns – Santa’s Shoeboxes and Warm Clothes for Kamloops – to provide the less fortunate with toys and warm clothes over the holidays. Finally, Leah wrote a song about the effects of bullying in honour of the tragic passing of Amanda Todd. In the fall, Leah will be pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Her main goal is to become a Pediatric Psychologist specializing in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Lauren Powell is a graduating student from Britannia Community School in Vancouver and has dedicated her time to an exceptional number of both school and community initiatives. At Britannia, Lauren has demonstrated exceptional leadership through her contributions to the Link Crew, the Youth Committee, the Leo Club (community volunteer club), and as a member of the Britannia We Club. In addition to all of these incredible efforts, Lauren also founded her own program called Girls Got Game, a mentorship program that encourages girls to become involved with sport, establish a healthy lifestyle, and develop self-confidence in their abilities, all within a safe environment. Lauren was also recognized as one of our Hammer’s Heroes this hockey season for her excellent work within her community. In the fall, Lauren intends to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, majoring in Biology, at the University of Victoria.
Raphaella Robles is a graduating student from Byrne Creek Secondary in Burnaby. Throughout her high school years, Raphaella truly discovered and exemplified what it means to be a leader in the community. She has been a key contributor in many community organizations and school initiatives, including the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Social Diversity for Children Foundation – Building Bridges through Music Program, Big Brothers Mentoring Program, and the Byrne Creek Leo Club. Through the Leo Club, Raphaealla initiated several different fundraising campaigns supporting causes such as gender equality, HIV/AIDS prevention, and disaster relief in impoverished countries. Further, she takes it upon herself to motivate and encourage younger students by teaching them how to organize their own fundraising events and campaigns. Having a keen interest in the arts, Raphaella intends to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Interactive Arts & Technology from Simon Fraser University.
The Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship is one of numerous educational initiatives that the Canucks for Kids Fund dedicates resources to. Other education programs supported by the Canucks for Kids Fund include the Canucks Family Education Centre, Fin’s Friends, Power PLAY, Future Goals and Seventh Generation Club. The Canucks for Kids Fund also generously supports its signature beneficiaries including the Canucks Autism Network, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Since its inception 30 years ago, the Canucks for Kids Fund has granted more than $50 million to these charities and numerous others. For more information, please visit www.canucks.com/cfkf.