Three years ago my family moved to Kamloops from Montreal. In April of last year we transferred Sid, then 9, from Ecole Collines d’Or, the French first language school in Oak Hills, to OLPH. As you can imagine, it was a big change for a boy from Quebec who had only attended school in French. Although last year he was too late in the OLPH school year to make any connections, since returning in September Sid has run for school secretary, joined the Rising Stars choir, volunteered to sing at Mass and to play Joseph in the Christmas play (and we are not even Catholic!)
As the new kid I think Sid was incredibly courageous to campaign for a position in the school council without the safety of an established social network. He even had to make a speech in English before the entire student body! And even though our family does not practice any religion Sid joined the Rising Star Choir, getting up early every Thursday to practice before school and enthusiastically sacrificing a Sunday morning at home to sing at a Catholic Mass. Outside of school Sid takes drum lessons and is an avid skier and season pass holder at Sun Peaks.
I think Sid deserves a YELL award because he takes risks, challenges himself, participates in a variety of activities and demonstrates, through his actions, that he is open to others’ beliefs. I may be biased, but I think you will agree that Sid has an Excellent attitude and spirit.