Oak Bay Rotarians celebrate youth with cash award

Oak Bay High’s humanitarian of the year earns local scholarship

Oak Bay High graduate Alexandra Ages accepts a certificate along with a $1

Recent Oak Bay High graduate Alexandra Ages finds election time troubling.

“It’s kind of difficult times,” she told Rotarians gathered for the weekly lunch meeting. With an election looming, campaigns seem to be all about spending money to talk about the problems we face in this country and beyond.

“It’s really saddening,” Ages said. “It’s really nice to see organizations like this one, and the ones I’m a member of, outwardly trying to make a difference.”

The teen was there to receive the Oak Bay Rotary Foundation’s first $1,000 scholarship.

Each year, the foundation awards a scholarship to an outstanding graduate of Oak Bay High School who intends to pursue post-secondary study immediately following graduation. This year the organization upped the value.

The winner is selected based on the candidate’s record of academic excellence and demonstration of leadership qualities and the motto ‘Service Above Self.’

“She really did embody the entire spirit of of service above self,” said David Maxwell, foundation president.

Ages served as a peer counsellor at Oak Bay High; a member of the Island Sexual Health Youth Committee; a member and led a Mental Health Forum of the Greater Victoria Youth Council; a youth facilitator for the Red Cross anti-bullying program; a volunteer for the Greater Victoria Green Team; a participant with Amnesty International; and a member of the Syrian Refugee Aid Club.

She also co-chaired the Climate-Action Summit for YesBC Youth and earned Oak Bay High School’s 2015 Humanitarian Award.

“I think you want to support the youths from a few different perspectives,” Maxwell said, noting the rising cost of education means they need a hand with the financial aspect. “It also sends a message to students that giving back is valued and recognized. It also helps publicly recognize and promote that there are incredible things being done by youth out there.”

Ages is registered to study Political Science and Humanities at the University of Victoria this fall and plans to join the Rotary-affiliated UVic Rotaract Club of Victoria.

“The more youth leaders we support today, you hope they get inspired to become Rotarians or part of other volunteer organizations,” he said. “You hope it inspires them to be part of Lions or Kiwanis or Rotary when they get older.”

 

Just Posted

Federal government actions hurt Sooke hatchery fundraising efforts

Funding denial comes on the heels of fishing closures

SD62 student places third in province-wide French competition

12-year-old Sasha Zandieh won third with a speech on poet Pablo Neruda

Oak Bay researcher’s Canadian English dictionary goes to print

How an unknown American hobbyist sparked a Canadian dictionary

Jesse Roper learns to create fire in the wild, in Sacred Knowledge web series

Ragnarock Studios production shares primitive skills with Islanders

Island athlete goes from hoop dreams to icy track

Cyrus Gray hopes to punch his ticket to Olympics in bobsleigh

Police release photos of suspect in daytime sex assault at Vancouver woman’s home

A young woman, in hers 20s, was followed home by the man, before he violently attacked her inside

Raptors beat Bucks 100-94 to advance to franchise’s first-ever NBA Finals

Leonard has 27 points, 17 boards to lead Toronto past Milwaukee

Third person charged in death of B.C. teen Bhavkiran Dhesi

Inderdeep Kaur Deo facing charge of accessory after the fact to murder

Kamloops girl, 9, recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning now out of ICU

Her mother who was sleeping in the same tent with her did not survive

‘I think he’s still alive’: B.C. mom pleads for help finding son last seen a month ago

Family offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Tim Delahaye

New poll suggests one-third don’t want politicians to wear religious symbols

Local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job, survey suggests

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

Raptors currently lead the playoff series 3-2, and a win Saturday would vault them into NBA finals

PHOTOS: First responders in Fernie rescue baby owl who fell from nest

The baby owl’s inability to fly back to its nest prompted a rescue by first responders

Five takeaways from the Court of Appeal ruling on B.C.’s pipeline law

It’s unclear how many tools are left in B.C.’s toolbox to fight the project

Most Read