Town Announces Nineteen Celebrating Youth Award Winners

Posted on Wednesday November 08, 2017

Town Announces Nineteen Celebrating Youth Award Winners

Nineteen Whitby youth were presented a 2017 Celebrating Youth Award last night at a special ceremony held in recognition of their outstanding leadership and positive contributions to the community.

“The stories, accomplishments and positive approach to life demonstrated by each of these young leaders is inspirational,” said Mayor Don Mitchell who, along with members of the Whitby Youth Council, presented this year’s awards at the Centennial Building in Whitby. “I want to thank each award winner for making our town a better place.”

Since 2002, the Celebrating Youth Awards have recognized Whitby youth aged 12 to 18 who through their selfless actions, volunteerism, or involvement in school or community organizations, have demonstrated a commitment to making Whitby a better place to live, work and play.

Collectively, this year’s 19 award winners were recognized for dedicating countless volunteer hours to school councils, senates and events; participating as positive role models within school teams; coaching and mentoring children of all abilities in sport, art and reading activities; and for serving as school and community ambassadors within organizations and movements like ME to WE, Girls Inc. Durham, Nova’s Ark, the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, Canadian Blood Services, Girl Talk Empowerment and more.

In addition to volunteering, this year’s award winners also served as active fundraisers for the Terry Fox Run, Nothing but Nets – Defeat Malaria, Kids Help Phone, Denise House – Emergency Shelter for Women and Children, The Salvation Army and more.

The Celebrating Youth Awards are part of the Town’s commitment to remaining a Platinum Level Youth Friendly Community that engages and involves youth.

For a full list of this year’s award winners or for more information, visit