Youth Appreciation Awards

 

Congratulations to the 2020 Youth Appreciation Award winners!

Congratulations from Mayor & Council



West Vancouver’s Youth Appreciation Awards take place each year during BC Youth Week (May 1-7).

They are designed to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and dedication of youth and youth groups who have made a significant contribution to their local or global community and who show initiative, enthusiasm, commitment and a positive attitude.

The Youth Appreciation Awards recognize young people in the categories of Youth Recognition, Youth Community Enhancement and Outstanding Youth Team.

Please check out the tabs below for more information on the award categories, nomination criteria and the selection process.

Award Categories

YOUTH RECOGNITION AWARD

The Youth Recognition Award recognizes individual youth who have made noteworthy achievements or who have achieved considerable progress in a particular endeavour, thus exhibiting the ability and commitment for personal change and growth.

YOUTH COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT AWARD

The Youth Community Enhancement Award recognizes individual youth who have made a voluntary contribution to their community that resulted in a positive change or made a lasting impact, such as developing a project, serving on a committee, or participating in other volunteer work with an organization and/or group. All nominees must demonstrate a minimum contribution of 50 hours of school or community service work between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

OUTSTANDING YOUTH TEAM AWARD

The Outstanding Youth Team Award recognizes a group of youth who have completed a minimum of 35 hours per youth of service, resulting in enhanced programs and/or services for their school or their local or global community between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. If any individual youth in a group has not completed 35 hours of service, the individual does not qualify for the award. It is the Nominator’s responsibility to confirm that each individual youth in a group has completed 35 hours of service.

Note: If you are nominating a group for the Outstanding Youth Team Award, you will be asked to provide the name and contact information of the main contact person for this group. If the group is selected for an award, the main contact person is the one who will be responsible for providing the award details to the selected group of youth.

Nomination Criteria
  1. Nominations must be received by the application deadline. There will be no extension on the nomination deadline.
  2. The nominator must not be related to an individual nominee, but may be related to one or more members of a group nominee.
  3. The nominee does not have to live in the District of West Vancouver as long as the activities which are being acknowledged occurred in the District of West Vancouver.
  4. If the nominee is a District of West Vancouver resident, the activities which are being acknowledged can occur in another community.
  5. The eligible age for nominees is 13-18 years.
Selection Process
  1. Once all the nomination forms are received by the deadline, they will be reviewed by District of West Vancouver staff.
  2. The selected nominees will be contacted by phone and/or email.
  3. More than one award in each category may be awarded to the same youth in any year.
  4. Certificates will be mailed to award recipients.
  5. Information about the awards presented, including the names of the award recipients, will be published on the District of West Vancouver’s website from the current and past year. Award recipients will be provided with a Personal Information Disclosure Consent form for their consideration.
2020 Winners

Youth Community Enhancement

  • Alessandra Ow
  • Alexa Hartvikson
  • Amir Kashanipour 
  • Andrew Hamilton 
  • Augustin Wright
  • Daniel Liu
  • David Yim
  • Diba Alamdaran
  • Elizabeth Liteplo
  • Ellie Ross
  • Justin Huang
  • Kaiden Talib
  • Madelyne Honcharuk
  • Markus Marosits
  • Milo Prentice
  • Mina Hu
  • Olivia Mendes
  • Ophir Barzilay 
  • Oraya Lertmahasub 
  • Rebecca Davey 
  • Sophia Hartvikson
  • Sophia Su
  • Trinity Davies
  • William (Junwei) Zhang

Youth Recognition

  • Alice Lee
  • Anna Tichonova
  • Arthas Cheng
  • Asal Rahimi
  • Brayden Sissons
  • Chaereen Kim
  • Clara Chalmers
  • Hoai Irish
  • Hung Irish
  • James Lawless 
  • Jerry Wong
  • Jett Gleason
  • Kyle Wong
  • Lisa Shao
  • Mac Wong
  • Mobina Aghili
  • Parsa Nilforushan
  • Raiden Louie
  • Sahand Javidad
  • Sophia Garofalo
  • Tamara Hajdukovic
  • Tristan Heilbron
  • Zoe Stanley

Outstanding Youth Team

Youth Philanthropy Council

  • David Zou
  • Gia Da Roza
  • Hannah McDonald
  • Victoria Lu

Sentinel's Boys Club​

  • David Zou
  • Dominic Haston
  • Evan Ranger
  • Justin Tihn
  • Luis Sanchez
  • Maniz Mohaghegh
  • Mattias Allen
  • Mitchell Brule
  • Nate Tenenbaum
  • Russell Sagun
  • Shawn Asadian
  • Tristan MacInnes
  • Vanzan Mecl

Collingwood's Environmental Sustainability Club

  • Rose Li
  • Karen Chan

Youth Mind Club

  • Adrienne Zhang
  • Simone Laursen-Samson

Mulgrave's Homeless Clothing and Food Support Team

  • Alex Andrews
  • Axel Moussavi
  • Liam Durnin
  • Ryan Kuo

Middle School Service Action Council (MSAC) G9 Leadership Executive

  • Aman Dhillon
  • Amrita Dhillon
  • Emma Linsley
  • Jason Bao
  • Jerome Lippman
  • John Lang
  • Karina Gulamani
  • Lialah Mavani
  • Max Zhang
  • Mercedes Sanei
  • Mia Ruse
  • Milo Prentice
  • Teresa Jin

Westview Elementary Math Tutors

  • Chi (Charles) Xu
  • Zi Xu (Daniel) Qin

The Green Team

  • Charlotte Van der Vorm
  • Hannah Li
  • Lyris Xu
  • Sophia Su

The Global Nomads Team

  • Abtin Zehtab
  • Alyssa Ukani
  • Angelina Yang
  • Bela Desai
  • Danish Hakim
  • Dongjo Lee
  • Emily Tang
  • Ghazal Azizi Kashi
  • Habibi Hamidullah
  • Ilham Hakim
  • Jocelyn Cottrell
  • Kaysan Dhanji
  • Kazemi Irfan
  • Kelly Shim
  • Kevin Du
  • Khayali Dhanji
  • Malaika Somji
  • Matthew Park
  • Meena Faqiri
  • Mira Saba
  • Monray Guo
  • Nicky Evini
  • Paige Bindley
  • Roya Hakimzadeh
  • Ruiqi Wang
  • Sasan Ghasaei
  • Si Yu Selena Zhu
  • Sophia Lin
  • Ulwiana Mehta-Malhotra
  • Vanda Vaziri
  • Victoria Lu
  • Zoya Mehri

HeadsUp Youth Mental Health and Wellness Team

  • Amrita Dhillon
  • Adelyn Lee
  • Christian Thorson
  • Erika Layton
  • Ilham Hakim
  • Jocelyn Cottrell
  • Koleta Kopanas
  • Soo Gyung Bak
  • Sophie Ye
  • Zemin Zhang

Club 360

  • Alishia Beigi
  • Ashley Wong
  • Ava Lee
  • Emma Linsley
  • Jacquie Garrett
  • Jaydan Gujral-Ratti
  • Karina Edmonds
  • Karina Gulamani
  • Lauren Bowlby
  • Lialah Mavani
  • Mia Ruse
  • Zoe Laxton

Mulgrave’s TEDx Organizers

  • David Hedong Chen
  • Michael Solodko

Senior Service Action Council

  • Adelyn Lee
  • Ahna Noormohamed
  • Angela Li
  • Cayden Tay
  • Charmaine Lai
  • Christian Thorson
  • Dean Ma
  • Devon Seybold
  • Ellyana Baumet
  • Gabi Novak
  • Ilham Hakim
  • Isabel von Borstel
  • Kai Lu
  • Kamran Hemani
  • Kate Birch
  • Leili Akhavan Sharif
  • Lucy LePoidevin
  • Mikkah Damji
  • Molly Machin
  • Ryan Cheah
  • Sadaf Ghanbari Miandoab
  • Sahra Rajani
  • Sophie Ye
  • Tessa Rinck
  • Vanessa Tung
  • Zia Janmohamed

Mulgrave's Harvest Project Clothing Fundraising Team

  • Benjamin Kendrick
  • Branden Modrovic
  • Mackenzie Cyr
  • William Collister

YEAH! Youth Entrepreneurs Against Homelessness

  • Annika Kuypers 
  • Brendan Cooper
  • Cassidy Foley
  • David Zou
  • Fernando Jones
  • Henley Walker
  • Kian Lalji
  • Rose Tajfirouzeh

Student Work & Advisory Team (SWAT)

  • Bowen Huang
  • Dana Nitsch
  • Elise Montgomery
  • Grace Kwon
  • Haoran (Hilary) Xu
  • Jensen Kerrison
  • Joe Olmstead
  • Kamran Hossini
  • Meg Olmstead
  • Natasha Hossini
  • Tyler Yupangco

Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)

  • Ahna Noormohamed
  • Alessandra Ow
  • Ali Talib
  • Amir Kashanipour
  • Andrea Palafox
  • Anna Tikhonova
  • Arshan Ghanbari
  • Chloe Chen
  • Chu Yun Yu
  • Daisy Li
  • Darcy Foote
  • Emily Tang
  • Gabi Reznik
  • Grace Kwon
  • Haoran (Hilary) Xu
  • Kamran Hossini
  • Olivia Xiao
  • Parnian Ashrafi
  • Renee Qin
  • Rosie Li
  • William (Junwei) Zhang
2019 winners

Youth Recognition

  • Alice Kang
  • Amanda Wang
  • Amir Kashanipour
  • Anna Edmonds
  • Chaereen Kim
  • Chai Graham
  • Emma Reynolds
  • Isabella Pejman
  • Jack Birch
  • Kevin Huang
  • Laura Cunningham
  • Lillian Huang
  • Mattias Yan Ming Ow
  • Mimi Toma
  • Natasha Hossini
  • Rachael Kaluza
  • Raman Rodde
  • Rowan O'Neill
  • Sara Gerber

Youth Community Enhancement

  • Amir Kashanipour
  • Ariella Sebba
  • Augustin Wright
  • Chu Yun Yu
  • Cristina Ng
  • Jayden Shull
  • Jenny Han
  • Justin Huang
  • Katie Lee
  • Kayley Chan
  • Liam Durnin
  • Liana Gerber
  • Malaika Somji
  • Markus Marosits
  • Nicole Cheah
  • Raiden Louie
  • Romina Khaksar
  • Samir Georgi
  • Si Ying (Angela) Chen
  • Sophia Garofalo
  • Tessa Rinck
  • Tianyu Amanda Cheng
  • William Collister

Outstanding Youth Team

Kenya Volunteer Group

  • Arthur Na
  • Charlotte Petterson
  • Emilie Haniak
  • Emily Tan
  • Helen Peng
  • Jasiu Karcz
  • Jinhyo Huh
  • Juliet Emlyn
  • Justin Yee
  • Justine Brongers
  • Maisie Hastings
  • Markus Taleghani
  • Seli Edstrand
  • Sophia Garofalo
  • Stephanie Gillies
  • Victor Peng
  • Zaref Anderson

Environmental Expression Art Competition

  • Daisy Li
  • Declan Lawlor
  • Emma Golding
  • Heidi Davey
  • Isabelle Hadad
  • Kiana Shahbazi

The Music Connect Program

  • Jade Jordan
  • Luna Li
  • Renee Qin
  • Shean Yusu
  • Yuka Ho

Diversity Week Organizers

  • Daisy Li
  • Darcy Foote
  • Emma Golding
  • Sophia Garofalo

Collingwood Sustainability Council

  • Karen Chan
  • Rosie Li

Youth Philanthropy Council

  • Alison Shang
  • Andre Zou
  • Fallon O'Neill
  • Isha Ohri
  • Pegah Abyaneh
  • Sara Niyyati
  • Yas Zareyan

Mulgrave Changemakers

  • Bela Desai
  • Cayden Tay
  • Charmaine Lai
  • Elizabeth Kubyshyn
  • Ellyana Baumet
  • Isabel von Borstel
  • Kate Birch
  • Kaysan Dhanji
  • Pranav Ramdhani
  • Zoe Laxton

Club 360

  • Anna Edmonds
  • Ava Lee
  • Bronwen Campbell
  • Charlotte Goetting
  • Lialah Mavani
  • Meridy Meikle
  • Nicole Lee
  • Sophie On

Global Nomads Leadership Team

  • Ahna Noormohamed
  • Emily Tang
  • Emmalyn Tsang
  • Ghazal Azizi
  • Khayali Dhanji
  • Leili Akhavan
  • Mira Saba
  • Niki Evini
  • Pegah Abyaneh
  • Roya Hakimzadeh
  • Shyree Mehta
  • Soo Gyung Bak
  • Sophie On
  • Tianna Lawton
  • Victoria Lu

HeadsUp Youth Mental Health and Wellness Leadership Team

  • Cecile Dai
  • Christian Thorson
  • Claire Stewart
  • Meridy Meikle
  • Natasha Kearns
  • Pegah Abyaneh

Middle School Service Action Council Leadership Executive

  • Alyssa Ukani
  • Bela Desai
  • Elizabeth Kubyshyn
  • Ellyana Baumet
  • Isabel von Borstel
  • Kamran Hemani
  • Kate Birch
  • Madelaine Brewer Yazdi
  • Mira Saba
  • Miranda Yang 
  • Vanessa Tung
  • Zach Sun

Backpack Buddies Leadership Team

  • Julia Cross
  • Sophia Su
  • Tara Mehr
  • Zia Janmohamed

Mulgrave Technology Integration Council (MTIC)

  • David Hedong Chen
  • Michael Solodko

Senior Service Action Council

  • Azad Dharamsi
  • Behbod Panahandeh
  • Christie Yang
  • David Zheng
  • Julia Cross
  • Luna Wang
  • Mark Horner
  • Sophia Su
  • Tara Mehr
  • Vania Rezaei
  • Zoe Kortje

Heliobacter Pylori Prevention and Awareness Initiative

  • Jing Rui (Ray) Xu
  • Yu Xuan (Steven) Che

Grade 5 Math Tutors

  • Chi (Charles) Xu
  • Zi Xu (Daniel) Qin

Sentinel Boys Club

  • David Zou
  • Fouad Mahootchian Asl
  • Jack Page 
  • Justin Tjhin
  • Sam Salehi
  • Sam Sayari
  • Zach Jeangrand

Sentinel Red Cross Club

  • Bahar Ahmadi
  • Daanyaal Patni
  • Zahra Shahriyari Afshar

Ch’ich’iyúy Canoe Family

  • Biaggio van den Heever
  • Brayden Sissons
  • Dominique Joseph
  • Hoai Irish

Student Work and Advisory Team (SWAT)

  • Amber Tao
  • Armaan Gill
  • Biaggio van den Heever
  • Bowen Huang
  • Brayden Sissons
  • Brianna Wang
  • Chris Xu
  • Ciara Edmond
  • David Zou
  • Jensen Kerrison
  • Kamran Hossini
  • Miranda Chen
  • Nina Zhang
  • Oliver Huang
  • Tank Wang

Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)

  • Ahna Noormohamed
  • Amir Kashanipour
  • Andrea Palafox
  • Ben Janzen
  • Chloe Chen
  • Chu Yun Yu
  • Gabi Reznik
  • Kamran Hossini
  • Markus Marosits
  • Muneet Gill
  • Renee Qin
  • Rosie Li
  • Tianna Lawton

contact

Alison Gelz
Youth Services and Community Recreation Manager

Email

604-925-7244

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