The recipient of the 2011 Global Citizen Week Kelowna youth citizen of the year award is Erika Nairismagi, a student at Mount Boucherie Senior Secondary in West Kelowna.
Nairismagi receives $1,000 towards her ongoing education for winning the award, while the second and third place finalists, Jazmin Welder and Reba Deguevara, will each receive $500.
This award is promoted throughout the Central Okanagan School District public and private schools, as a penal of selectors decide on the three finalists.
“It was a tough decision all of the applicants had done so much to contribute to both our local and the global community,” said Crystal Flaman, one of the judges.
“Our three finalists went further though and returned from their respective trips and started initiatives of their own within their own communities. They took the concept of the global village and applied it at the local level.”
Irene Maier, a teacher from Mount Boucherie Senior Secondary, encouraged the three eventual finalists to submit their applications.
“All three showed great leadership and were motivated by personal experiences to impact others and push for positive change. Whether it was the loss of a friend or simply an inbuilt desire they all showed a wide range of experiences and involvement where they were the drivers for change,” Maier said.
The award winner was announced at a Global Citien Week event held Wednesday at Kelowna Senior Secondary School.
Nick Arkle, founding chair of Global Citizen Week Kelowna, said the intent behind global citizen week is to encourage our youth to be leaders for change.
“It is with this desire GCK struck up the Youth Service Award three years ago to be given to a o be given to a Grade 12 student that best represents the spirit of the award,” Arkle said.
“To live out global and local service, to be a leader in their community, to be a doer and apply what they have learned.
“To take what they have learned locally and apply it globally and what they have learned globally and apply it here at home.”
For more information about this or other Global Citizen Week Kelowna events, please go to www.globalcitizenkelowna.org.