A Distinct Honour

posted: Monday, April 3, 2017

Congratulations to two SJR students who have been nominated for the 2017 Women of Distinction Award. Grade 12s, Samantha Burrage and Fiona Dunn were nominated for the Gerrie Hammond Award of Promise by two SJR teachers for their outstanding work in the SJR community and beyond.

This award is specifically for young woman who will be graduating from Grade 12 in 2017. The criteria for this award is; she has made a significant contribution to her school and community, a good role model for other young women and has demonstrated scholastic achievement and shows promise of becoming a Woman of Distinction.

The awards will be given out at the 2017 YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Gala which celebrates the talent, achievement, imagination and innovation of Manitoban women who have made a unique and exemplary contribution to the development of others and to their community. This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre.

Samantha Burrage

Samantha is an integral part of the co-curricular, athletics and volunteer programs at her school. She was chosen as her school’s 2016-2017 Head Girl, and has worked hard to bridge gaps between students and increase student involvement in extra-curricular activities. She is the captain of the volleyball team, a member of the ultimate frisbee team, and a board member of her school’s Kendra’s Walk committee. She also participated in a cross-school peer mentorship program, and went on a service trip to Ecuador. She is described as an encouraging, inclusive and natural leader who has a passion for bringing people together and helping those in need.

Fiona Dunn

Fiona is described as an impressively well-rounded person who is involved in nearly every facet of her school’s life. She is captain of both her school’s hockey and rugby team, has directed student led plays and leads her school’s brass quintet. She also volunteers her time at her school’s library, has participated in a cross-school youth to youth mentorship program, is part of the community service committee and is a student ambassador for her school. Her peers and teachers describe her as having outstanding moral character, enthusiasm and empathy, whose encouraging attitude helps others to strive for the best in everything they do.

These young women embody SJR’s Vision, Mission and Values as they continually strive to excel, serve with humility and lead with integrity. Both Samantha and Fiona are dedicated to their studies, their school, and their communities. They have extended themselves in meaningful ways to work towards creating a better world for everyone. Both students were involved in the Youth to Youth Mentorship program and are kind and compassionate to their fellow students.