Oak Bay spotlights its Young Exceptional Stars

12 local youths recognized for resilience, achievement and attitude

A total 10 young people were recognized during Oak Bay’s 11th annual YES Awards at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel last night (May 3).

“The goal of the awards is to celebrate and emphasize the positive achievements of Oak Bay’s young people by recognizing those who have distinguished themselves in such areas as volunteerism, arts, citizenship, academics, athletics or who have overcome obstacles to achieve their goals,” said Coun. Hazel Braithwaite, chair of the YES Awards Committee.

YES stands for Young Exceptional Stars and the young people must live or attend school in Oak Bay.

Zach Charlseworth, Leo Mohsenzadeh-Green, Rebecca Stone, Lachlan Stewart, Talia Pike, Reed Greenwood, Lily Cave, John Horwood, Tessa Jones and Lidya Townsend were recognized.

“Recipients, I think I can speak for everyone in the room tonight and say that your actions and all of the things you do in our community do inspire us all to dream more, learn more, do more and become more and that you truly are all leaders – and we thank you for that,” Braithwaite said. “I really believe that these awards are a great way to bring our community together and a wonderful way to recognize the great things that you – our future leaders – are doing.”

Look for a full section on the amazing recipients in our print edition, or OakBayNews.com on May 11.

Special guests of the evening included Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, Colin Roberts, soon to be associate superintendant at School District 61, YES Committee members and full Oak Bay council: Mayor Nils Jensen, Councillors Michelle Kirby, Tara Ney, Eric Zhelka, Tom Croft, Kevin Murdoch and Braithwaite.

Principals,teachers, nominators, families and other municipal leaders rounded out the 110 people in the audience.



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