Youth Awards ceremony shines light on community-minded Miltonians

Milton is home to some pretty cool people.

The Milton Youth Advisory Committee recently honoured five individuals and one group in five categories at its annual Milton Youth Awards, held May 4 at the Milton Sports Centre.

Champion for Youth award recipients Errol Clarah and Scott Garant were recognized for their ongoing efforts to connect with youth.

Clarah, a restaurant manager at McDonald’s, takes great pride in mentoring young co-workers and regularly volunteers his time as a driver for basketball tournaments at Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School.

Garant, a teacher at E.C. Drury School for the Deaf, engages students with professional artists and the community through a variety of projects. He is keen on showcasing the talents of students through his unique culture day initiative, Filmmaking for Deaf Students.

Liam Ma, a nominee for this year’s Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award, was presented with the Community Leadership Award at the May 4 ceremony.

An active member of Milton Bible Church, Ma serves on the Youth Ministries Committee and teaches at Sunday and Vacation Bible schools. He’s also the young mind behind IronTalk, a website that promotes open and honest communication about mental health.

The Personal Triumph award was presented to Justin Veale, an active volunteer at Milton’s Allendale Long-Term Care Facility. The award recipient, who lives with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), often speaks at FASD events to raise funds for and awareness of the effects of FASD. He is also outspoken about the effects of alcohol on unborn children.

Ademindun Kitan, chair of the Black History Month Committee, enjoys organizing cultural food fairs and is keen on visiting other schools with limited diversity to allow students to experience other cultures. Kitan was awarded the Unity in Diversity honour.

This year’s United Youth in Action award recipient was the Big Brother Big Sister Homework Club, which features a group of high school students between the ages of 13 and 18 who tutor and mentor more than 300 elementary students across the region.

The ceremony, sponsored by Mattamy Homes, featured musical entertainment by Daniel Jolic, a Milton Youth Advisory Committee member. Food was provided by Craig Kielburger Secondary School.

Youth Awards ceremony shines light on community-minded Miltonians

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