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John Gerretsen Award Winner

June 20, 2017

Jacob accepting award​Congratulations to Jacob Laframboise, a student at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary school for receiving the John Gerretsen award.

The John Gerretsen Youth Leadership Award aims to support young leaders as they strive to develop their potential: to understand their strengths, weaknesses, and leadership style; to set worthy personal goals; and to develop the confidence, resilience, motivation, and skills to bring these goals to fruition.  Growing their leadership skills may include developing their ability to create and utilize support networks, to guide others on an effective course of action, and to influence the opinions and behaviors of others to fully participate in community life and effect positive social change.

"I applied for this award to support my participation in the SHAD program for the month of July, and I am tremendously excited to have been chosen. I feel absolutely great about how this award will significantly ease the financial burden of SHAD, and each day I am increasingly excited to participate in the program this summer," said Jacob.

"During my experience in the SHAD program I will engage in exciting seminars and lectures to challenge and grow my understanding of science, and both individual and group-based project work to better my interpersonal collaboration and leadership. SHAD will challenge me to become a better person in so many ways, and I am very grateful and excited for the support of the John Gerretsen Award towards my experience. "

[Pictured right: L-R, Michael Faught, Principal of Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, Terri Slack, Superintendent of School Effectiveness, Jacob Laframboise, award winner]



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