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Trevor Linden Community Spirit scholarship awarded to four students

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, BC – The Canucks for Kids Fund and Trevor Linden Foundation are proud to award the fourth annual Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship, providing financial aid to much-deserving graduating high school students in British Columbia. The Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship rewards students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities and exemplary contributions and commitment to making a difference in the lives of others while maintaining a grade point average above 75%. Four deserving and well-rounded students have been selected to receive $2500 to aid with their post secondary education.

2012 Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship Recipients:

Sandali Chandrarathna:

Sandali Chandrarathna is a graduating student from Pitt Meadows Secondary School in Pitt Meadows, BC. In the fall she will begin working towards a Bsc. in Health Sciences and Minor in French at Simon Fraser University. Throughout high school, she has been a leader in her school and community by partnering with Free the Children to help raise $10,000 to build a school in Sierra Leone, being a regular volunteer at the local hospital and co-founding a school-wide composting program. As a member of her school's Leadership Team, Sandali organized several fundraisers to support local charities. She also initiated a peer tutoring program for struggling French Immersion students within her school and served as a volunteer French language marine biology educator at the Vancouver Aquarium. Sandali's goal is to attend Medical School to become a paediatrician and to one day volunteer overseas with Doctors Without Borders. By working to become a well-rounded physician with an interdisciplinary background, she hopes to do her part in the world by helping to provide quality healthcare for people in Canada and elsewhere.

Zoya Jiwa:

At age 17, Zoya Jiwa is an open-minded leader, dedicated volunteer and caring humanitarian. As the founder of the Simply You Health and Wellness Program at Dr. Charles Best Secondary School, Zoya led meetings, presentations, and workshops that are designed to build self-confidence and self-esteem in students. She is passionate about encouraging young people to discover their inner beauty and their true potential. The Simply You Health and Wellness Program is in the process of expanding to other schools in the Lower Mainland. At her school, Zoya also co-led a humanitarian club, and she was voted by her peers as Student Council Co-President. She is an active member of several leadership and mentorship groups. Zoya’s accomplishments include running as a torchbearer in Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympic Games and being a TEDx speaker. Zoya plans on attending Simon Fraser University in the fall to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Avery Palmer:

Avery Palmer was born and raised in Nakusp, BC, and attended high school at Nakusp Secondary School where she was passionate about sports and music throughout her school career. Avery has spent much of her life volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society and last year founded the Arrow Lakes Medical Aid Society to help local families with their gas and accommodation costs when traveling out of town for medical aid. The closest major hospital to Nakusp is two hours away and it is often difficult for families to cover the financial costs while dealing with serious medical problems. Avery is planning on attending the University of British Columbia in the fall where she plans to study sciences and continue her volunteer work.

Miranda Wang:

Miranda Wang graduated from Magee Secondary School and is inspired and driven to make a positive impact on her community through science and service. She is a passionate advocate for inner-city kids, and played a pivotal role in keeping Magee’s sister elementary school open during budget cuts. She has been an environmental steward by initiating the establishment of her high school’s first sustainable garden, and leading Catching the Spirit Youth Society to deliver year-round outdoor programming to youth in the region. Miranda has also won the provincial first place and national Commercialization Award in the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada on her project that unveiled plasticizer-degrading soil bacteria from the Fraser Estuary. Other involvements of Miranda are speaking at TED@Vancouver and anchoring a partnership with Kenyan grassroots organization Comfort the Children International. Her hobbies include playing the violin, singing, and hiking. In September, Miranda will attend McGill University on a major scholarship to study Life Sciences.

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