Oleg Saldyga

Oleg Saldyga

YES AWARDS – Honouring Oak Bay’s exceptional youth – Oleg Saldyga

Making time to tackle transit

Oleg Saldyga patiently awaits the fall transit schedule to see if his ideas are implemented.

The 14-year-old, who just finished Grade 9 at Oak Bay High, undertook a major project last year which included researching and seeking changes to public transit. Saldyga and his student council cohort Isabella Lee prepared a speech and PowerPoint presentation to the BC Transit Commission to make a case for increased buses during peak times of student traffic.

“I had the idea because I was busing to my French tutor and the bus was completely overfilled,” he said. “I found it was a big problem for 200 to 300 students. It affected them getting places on time.”

He researched the schedule and came up with options of adding buses, or double-decker buses to the route during specific times of day, before and after school specifically on the #11, #7 and #15 buses most used by students.

The youngest member of Oak Bay High student council as Grade 9 representative last year, teachers and classmates describe him as a dedicated student with a passion for the world around him.

“I can already see what a passionate and driven individual he is,” Linden Anderson, student council co-president said in the YES Award nomination. “Being the youngest of the group in council, it always impresses me how vocal Oleg is about the matters of which he cares for. With his strong character and persistence I believe Oleg will accomplish many things throughout his life.”

Saldyga, who moved here from the Ukraine six years ago and still speaks with an accent, was among 10 youth who earned an Oak Bay Young Exceptional Star Award.

Also an exceptional math student, he was on the Oak Bay High Math Challengers team.

“We did pretty well, third at regionals,” he said.

Saldyga enjoys sports as well, playing on the Bays United Silver U15 soccer team.

“My favourite position is striker because you get to score goals,” he said with a grin.

He also puts his running skills to use on the school track team, this year competing primarily in the 400 metre, 4×400 relay and 4×100 relay.

“I don’t have lots of spare time,” he said.

 

Just Posted

An example of the forest land in the Port Renfrew and Fairy Creek area of Vancouver Island is shown on May 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jen Osborne
Old-growth logging opponents launch hunger strike as arrests continue at Fairy Creek

Zain Haq says the hunger strikers will gather today at Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver

The City of Victoria is hoping to ring in the summer by celebrating local art and offering some distanced, live music to surprise people in parks, plazas and other public spaces. (Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria)
Live, pop-up concerts and local art being showcased in Victoria this summer

People will see surprise serenades at 16 locations throughout the summer

An example of the forest land in the Port Renfrew and Fairy Creek area of Vancouver Island is shown on May 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jen Osborne
Old-growth logging opponents launch hunger strike as arrests continue at Fairy Creek

Zain Haq says the hunger strikers will gather today at Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver

The 14th annual Oak Bay Young Exceptional Star (YES) awards June 3. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay celebrates its Young Exceptional Stars with outdoor award ceremony

Nine young people recognized in 14th annual awards

Jada Benwell and Connor Larkey are the valedictorians of the 2021 graduating class at Parkland Secondary School. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Pandemic taught lessons in perseverance for North Saanich high schoolers

Parkland Secondary School to release 2021 grad ceremony video on June 25

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read