Recognizing Saskatchewan's future leaders

Introducing the 2020 Youth Leadership Award winners!

Across Saskatchewan, young people are trying to make their corner of the world a better place and make a difference in their communities. The 2020 Youth Leadership Award winners are making their mark, through everyday leadership and community engagement. Ten winners were selected, representing nine Conexus branch communities across Saskatchewan.

The total value of the award prize is $1,500. Each winner receives a $500 cash prize, and $1,000 deposited into a Conexus one-year term deposit account.

Conexus believes in improving the financial well-being of our members and communities and giving students a savings account allows them to think about their financial goals and how they can use that money to achieve those goals. Whether it’s exploring other countries, post-secondary tuition, a down payment for a home, or a rainy day, having money in a savings account helps improves members financial well-being.

2020 Youth Leadership Award Winners

Ramya Chawla, Central Collegiate Institute – Moose Jaw, SK Expand/Collapse

Ramya tries to change the world with every conscious decision of every day. He has made numerous contributions through his volunteerism with not only momentous projects that propose awareness visuals and law changes, but also through mentorship, peer tutoring, and fundraising for youth education in developing countries. If he could address one community issue, he would choose impaired driving because Saskatchewan is leading all provinces in Canada in impaired driving incidents per capita.

Adin Clark, Lumsden High School – Craven Expand/Collapse

Adin truly showed everyday leadership as the captain of the high school football team, basketball team, and volleyball team. His teacher endorsed him for the Youth Leadership Award, sharing he was often approached by students in younger grades and was able to make these students feel that they are the most important people to him at that moment.  In truth, they are. This is just how Adin is. Every interaction Adin participates in is important to him. He is present at everything he participates in, be it academics, athletics or the arts.  He mentored his student body on the skills he has learned, be it in the classroom or on the field.

Beatrice-Grace Domingo, Luther College High School – Regina Expand/Collapse

Beatrice believes that to be a leader is to have the humility to be a listener and that one cannot lead without hearing the voices of the people around them. She was a co-leader for Plan International - Champions of Change, where she fundraised and raised awareness for social and global issues. If she could implement one program to improve her community, it would be empowering LGBTQ+ youth of colour, with a safe environment that provides sexual education, history of rights for LGBTQ+ people of colour, and entrepreneurship skills.

Madelyn Kaban, Campbell Collegiate – Regina Expand/Collapse

Madelyn had a vision and plan to implement a Special Olympics track and field program at all Regina high schools. She actioned this plan by completing the Saskatchewan Athletics Track Coach Course and learning from others' experiences coaching athletes who are differently abled, to gain the insight to design the program, but was unable to implement it when COVID-19 disrupted extra-curricular activities. She has been a dedicated volunteer and co-president for Best Buddies, creating inclusive activities that foster relationships between differently abled and typical students. Madeline was elected as the president of the Student Leadership Council, serving over 1,500 students and diverse student groups.

Avery Lightfoot, Luther College High School – Regina Expand/Collapse

Avery is described as the synergy of Luther College High School, unselfishly giving her time and every bit of her positive energy to making those around her better. She has served as secretary of the Student Representative Council. She was actively involved in athletic, arts, social, and academic clubs within her school, including the leader of the hospitality committee for the Luther Invitational Tournament, and co-leader for the Social Advocacy Club where she led a fundraiser for Regina Transition house.

Jade Otsig, Three Lakes School – Middle Lake Expand/Collapse

In 2019 Jade proudly accepted the position of being a Youth Ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), sharing her Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) story, spreading her passion, positivity, and resilience, and advocating for research funding towards a cure. In her role as student leadership president, Jade organized charity toy and food drives, and fundraisers to support, STARS Air Ambulance, Canadian Cancer Society, Terry Fox Foundation, Telemiracle, and JDRF. During COVID-19, Jade created a school Wellness Challenge, offering weekly incentives and creative suggestions to maintain students', physical and emotional well-being.

Aidan Penny, Sheldon Williams Collegiate – Grand Coulee Expand/Collapse

Aidan served as the vice-president of the Student Leadership Council. He is a dedicated Camp Monahan counsellor and actively contributes to the events and activities led by the Grand Coulee Recreational Board. Aidan coaches youth football, floor hockey, ice hockey and soccer, and has captained four different hockey teams.

Jacob Stoll, Balcarres Community School – Balcarres Expand/Collapse

As captain of his high school football team, this means doing all Jacob could to be an on-field coach and roll model. He was the president of the Balcarres Community School Student Leadership Team and served on the School Community Council. Leadership Team. If Jacob could implement one program to improve his community, it would be access to sports for kids ages 8 - 18, providing funding that allows them to play, transportation to and from practices and games, and food nutrition for these athletes. He strongly believes it would help these kids create strong connections with their school and their community.

Venezya Thorsteinson, Sheldon Williams Collegiate – Regina Expand/Collapse

Venezya has been actively engaged as a member of student council throughout high school, leading and facilitating blood donor drives, fundraisers for mental health awareness, and implementing free feminine hygiene products in the school washrooms. If she could implement one program to improve her community, she would create a fundraising program that provides feminine hygiene products to vulnerable women and girls and create awareness for the impact this has for those who struggle with accessing these products.

What is the Conexus Youth Leadership Award?

The Conexus Youth Leadership Award recognizes graduating high school students who show leadership in everything they do and are guided by the cooperative principles. They’re fueled by enthusiasm to make their corner of the world a better place. They’re making a difference in their communities through volunteerism. This is an opportunity for our young Conexus Credit Union members, to be celebrated for making their mark on the world.

What is the award eligibility criteria?

All you have to do is tell us how you demonstrate the co-operative spirit, make your community a better place, and how you show leadership in everything you do.

Anybody who applies for this award will considered if:

  • √ They’re graduating from high school in Saskatchewan in the 2020/2021 academic year.
  • √ They or their parent/guardian are a Conexus Credit Union member and have been for at least one year, with all accounts in good standing.

How to apply

The 2021 Youth Leadership Award applications will launch February 2021.


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