Two students from Ursuline College Chatham Catholic Secondary School have recently received recognition, both provincially and nationally. William Laurie, a Grade 12 student, has been awarded the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers - the highest honour a young person can receive for volunteer contributions in the province. William received the award from Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. Most of his volunteer time is with the Hub Café, an extension of the Joshua Ministries in Chatham. He has logged more than 1,000 hours of public service, since starting high school.
Ashley Ennett, a Grade 12 student at UCC, has been awarded first prize in the A&E Lives that Make a Difference national essay competition. Ashley wrote about her hero, Kevin Vickers, the former Sergeant-at-Arms in the Canadian Parliament, who shot and killed the man responsible for the terrorist attack in Ottawa in October 2014. The annual contest invites students from Grades 5 to 12 to write about people who they believe have had an important impact on Canadian society in the past year. Ashley received her award from Mr. Vickers himself at a ceremony in Ottawa last May. Mr. Vickers now serves as the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland. In addition to meeting Mr. Vickers, she also received a cheque for $2,000.
Pictured below are (L-R) Ashley Ennett, Ray Power, Principal of UCC and William Laurie.