OSVA

AWARD

WINNERS

 

The Ontario Student Voice Awards (OSVAs) are given annually to outstanding graduating grade 12 students across Ontario. OSVAs are a way for the Ontario Student Trustees to give back to the most exceptional students in our province, those who dedicate their time into passionately representing their community and advocating for the issues most important to them. Each award is valued at $1000 CAD.

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Ontario Student Awards below. More information about each award can be found in the accordion at the bottom of this page. 

Catherine Cadigan

Catherine Cadigan

Student Voice Award Winner

Catherine has demonstrated exceptional leadership and activism within her school and community, most notably acting as a Founding Administrator of the Federal Member of Parliament School Youth Advisory Team for her riding, Founding President of the Model United Nations Delegation, Founding Leader for the Menstrual Product Collection Program for Indigenous Women and Girls, Former President/current Ontario representative, National Youth Advisory Committee for Experiences Canada, and is the High School Representative for the student senate in the TLDSB. Her initiatives in and out of school have greatly benefited not only her community, but some of the most vulnerable communities in Canada. Because of her extensive work and leadership, she has been selected as the recipient of this award.

Delicia Reveenthrarajan

Delicia Reveenthrarajan

Dedication to the Arts Award Winner

Delicia is a Performing Arts Honour student at Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute and is heavily involved with the performing arts within her school and community. She has been in the enriched music program at her school over four years for vocals and the cello. Delicia also conducts the choir and band, and has mentored younger students since Grade 9. She is a member of the University of Toronto Scarborough Concert Choir and a Director of Youth Music at St. Paul’s Amoreaux, and has been involved with many charitable groups as a performer and artist. She demonstrates an exuberant passion for the Arts and uses her talents to benefit her community, fostering a love for music and the arts in young people, making her an exemplary recipient of this award.

Seeun Lee

Seeun Lee

Cultural Involvement Award Winner

Seeun speaks two languages and is involved in a variety of community volunteering opportunities, including work in mentoring and tutoring refugees and helping them to learn English with the New Canadian Centre in Peterborough. She also volunteered as an assistant teacher at a Korean Language school, teaching Korean to English speaking students and promoting multiculturalism within her community. She has helped with exchange program students from Japan at her school and demonstrated leadership in her actions, encouraging her peers to engage and include the visiting students. Her passion for helping others and promoting various cultures within her community has made her an esteemed recipient for this award.

Rayne Fisher-Quann

Rayne Fisher-Quann

Commitment to Justice Award Winner

Rayne has been involved in activism her whole life, with advocacy against racism and sexism within her school rules. She has worked closely with her school board to change the rules and is currently working to get them implemented board-wide. She founded the organization March for Our Education in the summer of 2018; it began her activism for sex education, youth involvement in politics, and an end to gender based violence in schools. She conducted a walkout with 40 000 student participants protesting Ford government’s changes to the sex education curriculum and Indigenous curriculum. She now speaks across the country on many important issues within our culture today, and has been named one of Chatelaine Magazine’s Women of the Year, as well as one of Refinery29’s Most Influential Women. For her advocacy and evident passion for justice, she has been selected as the recipient of this award.

Dona Tu

Dona Tu

Sports Leadership Award

Dona has an evident passion for sports and leadership, denoted by her extensive involvement as team captain with sports teams in her school and community, and her volunteer work as a leader and coach. She has gone beyond the court in the aid and positivity she provides as a referee, player, and captain; volunteering in Vietnam at an orphanage and helping in the construction of school as well. She pursues her sports not out of accomplishment but of passion, which has made her a quintessential candidate for the Sports Leadership Award.

Jason Amri

Jason Amri

Entrepreneurial Initiative Award Winner

Jason has been a catalyst in his community and school, not only starting up his own business, Diy5, that supply tools and parts for hobby electronics but founding and leading several clubs at his school. Through challenges faced with his growing business, he demonstrated perseverance, integrity, which resulted in success. He has demonstrated leadership within his school clubs, promoting inclusivity and teamwork, displaying exceptional organizational skills, and fostering the engagement of students. His passion and dedication to his business and to his school has made him a worthy recipient of this award.

Commitment to Justice Award

Description: The mission of the OSTA-AECO Commitment to Justice Award is to honour the achievements of students who show immense commitment and enthusiasm for justice. OSTA-AECO recognizes the courage put into creating a just environment for all.

These annual awards are the best opportunity to pay tribute to the hard work, dedication, and caring nature of the province’s most exceptional students. They also promote excellence in advocating for issues that students feel passionate about across Ontario. This award also allows for the recognition of students who work towards creating equity to combat injustices all around the world.

Criteria:

  • Demonstrates a devotion to justice
  • Advocates for an issue they feel is particularly in need of equity
  • Is committed and dedicated to creating a just society
  • Shows courage in speaking up for their beliefs
  • Stands up for social injustices
  • Devotes their time regularly to volunteer efforts

Cultural Involvement Award

Description: The mission of the OSTA-AECO Cultural Involvement Award is to recognize students who frequently participate in their cultural communities. OSTA-AECO recognizes the passion put into promoting ethnic diversity.

These annual awards are the best opportunity to pay tribute to the hard work, dedication, and excellence of the province’s most inclusive students. In doing so, they also promote excellence in leadership through their dedication towards multiculturalism across Ontario.

Criteria:

  • Is involved within a cultural group(s) in your community
  • Demonstrates leadership and advocates for multiculturalism
  • Actively encourages inclusivity
  • Develops meaningful relationships and thrives in social interactions
  • Stands up for the opinions, rights and voices of various ethnic communities

Dedication to the Arts Award

Description: The mission of the OSTA-AECO Dedication to the Arts Award is to honour the accomplishments and achievements of secondary students who participate in tremendous ways through the arts, whether that be in their school or community.

OSTA-AECO recognizes the commitment of students to the arts across Ontario. These annual awards are an incredible opportunity to acknowledge the dedication, excellence and achievements of our secondary students in the province.

Criteria:

  • Involved in the Arts (visual arts, drama, music, photography, film, dance, etc.)
  • Shows passion and dedication in their Arts area(s) of choice
  • Shows a strong leadership presence within their arts community
  • Has participated in a wide variety of arts related events
  • Submit a picture, video, or other art media that show us your dedication to the arts

Entrepreneurial Initiative Award

Description: The mission of the OSTA-AECO Entrepreneurial Initiative Award is to honour the achievements of students who participate in innovative activities in areas including but not limited to mathematics, business, science and technology. OSTA-AECO recognizes the initiative of students who have visions to make a difference in the present and future world.

These annual awards are the best opportunity to pay tribute to the hard work, dedication, and excellence of the province’s most inventive students. Additionally, they inspire youth leadership through their efforts to start up amazing projects across Ontario. This award is given out to support those students who go above and beyond to status quo to bring new ideas to the world.

Criteria:

  • Demonstrates leadership and creative thinking
  • Has established new projects, businesses, inventions, councils or challenged theory.
  • Dedicates their time to serve their community
  • Perseveres through disappointment and is willing to make sacrifices to achieve a goal

Sports Leadership Award

Description: The mission of the OSTA-AECO Sports Leadership Award is to honour the achievements of amateur and competitive athletes.

OSTA-AECO recognizes the excellence of leadership in sport. These annual awards are the best opportunity to pay tribute to the hard work, dedication and victories of the province’s finest athletes. In doing so, they also promote excellence in leadership through sport across Ontario. The awards remind youth how sport lifts the human spirit while acknowledging the true champions of sport. They celebrate the athletes and leaders who compete yet inspire hope.

Criteria:

  • Being a good role model to other students
  • Inspires and engages others in sports
  • Exemplifies qualities of fair play and good sportsmanship
  • Demonstrates expertise, experience and leadership in a variety of sports
  • Commitment to the overall school and/or community sport programs

Student Voice Award

Description: The mission of the OSTA-AECO Student Voice Award is to honour the achievements of students who participate in diverse and outstanding ways to represent the student voice throughout their community. OSTA-AECO recognizes the passion put into ensuring student voice is heard.

These annual awards are the best opportunity to pay tribute to the hard work, dedication, and excellence of the province’s most understanding students in Ontario. In addition, the award reminds youth that being active in advocating for students can result in community growth that encourages long-lasting leadership initiatives.

Criteria:

  • Is involved within school and/or community
  • Demonstrates leadership and advocates for student voice
  • Actively encourages inclusivity
  • Develops meaningful relationships and thrives in social interactions
  • Stands up for the opinions, rights and beliefs of students