Leaders of Tomorrow seeks youth volunteer nominations

The Leaders of Tomorrow Awards wants you; the time has come to nominate Ponoka youths for their volunteer work.

The Leaders of Tomorrow Awards wants you; the time has come to nominate Ponoka youths for their volunteer work.

Deadline for nominations for the 17th annual Leader of Tomorrow Awards is March 15, said chairperson Leanne Brusegard.

She feels the awards are a way to recognize outstanding contributions to the community.

“We’re looking to recognize youth in the community who have risen to the challenge and succeeded and have made a contribution or difference in our community.”

However there is no defined way to make a difference as help can be provided to local sports, assisting seniors or any other volunteer contributions.

The first category is for elementary students in grades K to 6 and each nominee will receive a certificate for their work.

The second is the junior category for grades 7 to 9 and the third is senior for grades 10 to 12. Two winners will be announced for the last two categories at the celebration event April 1 at 1 p.m. at the Ponoka Elementary School. Nominees, families and special guests will receive an invitation to the ceremony.

All nominees and a guest have the chance to participate in a 4-H Leadership Workshop camp from May 3 to 4 at the 4-H Centre at Battle Lake. “I’ve gotten nothing but positive feedback from the youths who attend it.”

“It’s really a lot of fun, the youth really love it,” added Brusegard.

She feels it is important the kids are recognized for their efforts as they have helped the community. “They’re just amazing people…I’m, honoured to be a part of it.”

Nomination forms are available at all the Ponoka schools and at Crestomere and Mecca Glen School as well as town hall and the Volunteer Resources office at the Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury and at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre.

For more information contact Brusegard at 403-704-8312, Nathan McEntee at 403-783-5441 or Morgan Chernick at 403-783-3112.