Finding Joy Through Service to Others

posted: Thursday, December 15,  2016

Jinha Kim, Grade 12, has been named one of the 2017 Vimy Pilgrimage Award recipients for her service and contributions to her community. Of the 17 students chosen from across Canada, Jinha is the only Manitoban this year to have received this award.

The Vimy Pilgrimage Award recognizes the actions of young people who demonstrate outstanding service, positive contributions, notable deeds, bravery or leadership. Their acts may have served their peers, schools, communities, province or country.

Applicants wrote a motivation letter which outlined the reasons why they feel they were worthy of this award, which is given out by the Vimy Foundation each year. This award consists of a fully funded, week-long educational program in Belgium and France to study Canada’s tremendous effort during the First World War. This week, scheduled for April 7 – 16, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This battle is often regarded as one of the greatest battles in Canadian history and has become a symbol of Canada’s separation from Great Britain, and is remembered as an act of national identity and unity.

Jinha credits her parents’ influence on her volunteering at a young age: “volunteering has shown me the value and joy of serving others”.  Since Grade 9, she has been very involved in SJR’s Community Service Club and is currently the Community Service Prefect. For the last few years, Jinha has focused on what was most important to her: mental health and the stigma that is often associated with it.  Her goal is to “create an environment that encourages not only teenagers but also adults to speak about their mental health” and to create an “environment where students felt safe discussing their mental illnesses”.

When asked why it was important to her to give back, she stated “that I feel very fortunate to have all that I have in my life and it is my duty to give back to my community and my adopted country of Canada”.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — Mahatma Gandhi