Shortlist (Under 18)

Shortlist (Under 18)

Aiman Naeem

 

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Aiman Naeem of Fort McMurray, Alberta was nominated by Christine Tulk:

Aiman demonstrates all the characteristics of an involved, active, and concerned citizen. Aiman graduated from Westwood High School as a Westwood Scholar and the recipient of the Chris Ryan/Terry Conroy Humanitarian Award this past year. Throughout her time with us, Aiman was heavily involved in the school and community.  Aiman was an active and committed student at Westwood. She was involved in Student Council as a general member and in the executive as an events coordinator. She was member of Colours, Westwood’s Multicultural Awareness Group and a member of SWAT. SWAT is the Student Wellness and Action Team that were responsible for promoting mental health and awareness within the school. Aiman was also the lead person on our Yearbook Committee where she was photographer, page editor and cover designer. Aiman is extremely committed to helping others and promoting equality for all women. She is the founder and president of Artists Against Poverty, a charitable group that focuses on raising awareness for poverty by hosting a fine arts festival. This group has continued in the city through Aiman’s support and direction. She was a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Youth, providing a political voice for teens in the community. Aiman was also a member of the Junior Achievement Company Program and the EnviroMentor’s program where she worked with younger students in the community. She has participated in the Oil Sands Rotary Music Festival, Skills Canada, Encounters with Canada, and has volunteered in many community events. Aiman is a published writer.  

I believe Aiman is an excellent candidate for the Everyday Political Citizen.
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Juror Owen Charters says: "I’m selecting Aiman because she demonstrates a breadth of engagement that is so vital, especially at a young age. From fundraising, to art, to founding an organization, and then to being directly involved in her community with the Mayor’s Advisory Council, she is clearly someone who is involved in the full range of community-building and civic engagement."

Kakeka ThunderSky


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Kakeka ThunderSky of Winnipeg, Manitoba was nominated by Raven-Dominique Gobeil:

2015 is a year that Kakeka ThundeSky should like to forget. The year started with the death of her father and concluded with the death of her mother. Instead of dwelling in sadness, Kakeka has chosen to try and improve the lives of those around her. Kakeka’s volunteer work includes organizing backpack and clothing drives for Siloam Mission and the Salvation Army. Since 2012, Kakeka has spent the last week before Christmas delivering Christmas hampers with the Winnipeg Christmas Cheer Board to families who might not otherwise be able to celebrate Christmas. She also enjoys volunteering with Got Bannock?. This past June, Kakeka graduated from Churchill High School. She was involved in a variety of student groups, including Aboriginal Leadership, Student Leadership, Women’s Health and Wellness — which aims to educate peers on important issues like the stigma of mental health and body imagine, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and Residential Schools peer eduction. Kakeka is currently enrolled at the University of Winnipeg, Faculty of Education, major in English, minor of indigenous studies with hopes of one day working in an Indigenous school division.

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Juror Rick Mercer says: "Out of tragedy Kakeka chose to try and improve the lives of those around her. To take action like this, to become a leader among your peers when - even at the best of times - it is so easy to retreat into your own world is something I greatly admire."

Emma Mogus

 

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Emma Mogus of Oakville, Ontario was separately nominated by Wes Prankard, Maria Engracia, and Stephanie Zubcic:

I met Emma and her sister Julia in 2012 shortly after they founded Books with No Bounds. They have shipped over 115,000 books to First Nations and aboriginal kids around the world. Their impact is global.
Emma is a fierce advocate for First Nation kids, arguing that First Nation kids should not receive a sub-standard education just because they are First Nations. Racial discrimination is wrong, and if Emma has her way, it will end in our lifetime.
Books With No Bounds believes that every child deserves the opportunity to read and should have access to an enormous supply of books. By providing sorely needed reading material and other learning tools, Books With No Bounds refreshes the shelves of school libraries, community groups and organizations, and ensures children and teens have access to good books, regardless of where they live.
Books With No Bounds distributes books and other learning tools to students of all ages and strives to promote literacy, cultural sensitivity, and friendship… one book at a time.
I have had the privilege of hearing Emma speak on several occasions, passionately challenging audiences to take action against racial discrimination. She has both challenged and inspired me personally to do more, and I know she has had the same effect on so many others.
That, I believe, is what makes Emma an excellent candidate for an Everyday Political Citizen. She not only is involved in making the world a much better place; she inspires others to do the same — Wes Prankard

Emma Mogus is a 17 year old courageous young woman who cofounded the largest volunteer- youth-led literacy projects for indigenous youth in Canada, known as Books With No Bounds. Since the age of 12 Emma has dedicated countless hours to improving literacy and access to education for marginalized children living in remote First Nations reserves. She has not only demonstrated exemplary perseverance in advancing low literacy rates among youth living in remote communities, she has worked tirelessly to address the inequalities facing her ‘brothers and sisters’ in the north through walks, letter-writing campaigns and as emcee and child-rights activist for the World’s Children’s Prize in Sweden. Her track record of leadership, fearlessness and ingenuity has proven there are ‘NO BOUNDS’ to what youth can do. Working alongside hundreds of volunteers Emma has provided over 200,000 educational resources to kids in need… no small feat for such a kind-hearted youth. — Maria Engracia

Emma Mogus is the Co-Founder of #BooksWithNoBounds campaign and Children Reading for Children’s Global Ambassador for Literacy & Education. Over the past five years, Emma has become a world leader for the rights of children. The World Child’s Prize (the Nobel Prize for children) has awarded her the prestigious twice so far for her child rights advocacy. With #BooksWithNoBounds, Emma has sent 115,000 books and 50,000 school supplies to underfunded children around the world. In Canada, her unswerving commitment to improve Indigenous children’s rights has been tremendous. She’s travelled to remote First Nations communities to delivery books, learn about their dreams and challenges accessing quality education.The ability to communicate — to read and write — is absolutely essential for full civic engagement and lies at the heart of democracy. Emma understands this very well and is taking action every day to strengthen democracy. The world needs more young leaders like Emma Mogus. — Stephanie Zubcic


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Juror Cindy Blackstock says: "As Gord Downie said “we have been trained our entire lives to look away” from the profound disadvantage faced by Indigenous peoples due to the ongoing effects of colonization and residential schools. Emma did not look away. She works with Indigenous peoples to redress the injustices arising from the multi-generational effects of residential schools. A great reconciliation ambassador."