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Jim Wilde "Young Volunteer" Award Winners

2017 - Yuvraj Tripathy
Yuvraj Tripathy is involved in taekwondo instruction, the DECA business competition, and his school’s Symphonic and Jazz Band. He also volunteers with Evergreen, at Pueblo Science, and as a school tutor. At the library, he is CKV’s TAG President, where he was instrumental in establishing TAG rules and shows genuine interest in developing ideas to attract youth. He displays maturity, leadership, and enthusiasm with every new idea. Congratulations, Yuvraj!

2017 - Jessica Bernt
Jessica Bernt is dedicated to her volunteer activities, takes them seriously, and makes them a priority in her life. She runs a book collection drive with Operation Every Child to give new books to disadvantaged youth, and recently set up two bookshelves of books at the Christie Refugee Centre in Toronto, as well as volunteering as a student stage manager at Sears Ontario Drama Festival. Jessica takes pride in her work, is eager to learn, and loves the library. Congratulations, Jessica!

2016 - Victoria Ho
Victoria Ho from Burnhamthorpe Library won under the category: a library employee who volunteers in the community. Victoria works as a page at BUR, while also working a second job, attending school, and volunteering in several community organizations! She has demonstrated “excellent teamwork, organizational, and customer service skills” and has “an infectious, positive attitude and obviously loves her job, the library branch, and the community”. Congratulations, Victoria!

2016 - Klarence Estepa
Klarence Estepa from Courtneypark Library won under the category: a library volunteer. Klarence impressed the selectors with his strong leadership skills, the overwhelming number of volunteer hours he has given to the library, and his efforts to build good relationships with his fellow students and between the staff and school. He leads TAG with great maturity, authority, and enthusiasm and has impacted TAG, as well as staff, moral. Congratulations, Klarence!

2014 - Adrian Lewczuk
Adrian Lewczuk, a long-time volunteer at the Central Library’s Children’s Department, has shown himself to be a hard-working, reliable, and confident worker. Outside of the library, he volunteers at his school council, the Polish Scouting Association, and Carassauga. Adrian is also an amateur photographer, an urban cyclist, an avid reader. Congratulations, Adrian!

2013 - Isha Arora
Isha volunteers with Computer Buddies, Reading Buddies, Homework Club, and Teen Advisory Group (TAG) at Malton library. In every role, she is both patient and enthusiastic, fostering a confidence and a love of lifelong learning in those she assists. She is dedicated to her community, always giving of her time, and an exemplary ambassador for volunteerism. Thank you, Isha, for all of your hard work!

2012 - Saba Malik
Saba is a creative volunteer and an innovative team leader. She has excelled in her role as TAG Prime Minster at Churchill Meadows Library; leading meetings and hosting numerous events including a Photography Workshop, Poetry Showcase, Improv Night, Gaming Night, and the Youth Rebel Challenge Race. Saba's dedication to volunteerism is also exemplified by her work in her community and school. She participated at the Rotary Club Family Day event and has held active roles in her school's Student Council, Coffee House, DECA, Green Club, Science Olympics, and Yoga Club. Always helpful, hard-working, and smiling, we are pleased to present this year's Jim Wilde "Young Volunteer of the Year" Award to Saba Malik.

2010 - George Keliny
George has been a volunteer in the Circulation Department of the Central Library for over a year. George is punctual, presents himself in a professional manner, takes initiative and is accurate in his duties. In addition to his volunteer work at the library, George volunteers at the library of the Church of the Virgin Mary and St. Athanasius where he shelves books and assists with the church's annual fundraising carnival. He also helps fill orders in the St. Mary's Food Bank and volunteers weekly at the Maxwell Homeless Shelter and Good Shepherd Homeless Shelter.

2010 - Jennifer D'Cruz
Jennifer has been employed with the Mississauga Library System, Frank McKechnie Branch, since 2007. Prior to that, she was a volunteer at the library. Even though Jennifer is a full-time student at McMaster University to which she commutes daily, Jennifer continues to deliver a high standard of service at the library, and is actively involved in her community. Jennifer volunteers with the Red Cross. This spring Jennifer is spending a month in Thailand, participating in Global Youth Network, a volunteer NGO which focuses on displacement and health and well-being.

2007 - Ken Cummings
Ken Cummings has been employed by the Mississauga Library System, Lakeview Branch Library, as a page since 2001, and volunteers at the Trillium Health Centre. The award was presented in recognition of his commitment to volunteering in the community. A third year student at the University of Toronto in Mississauga, he finds time to volunteer at the Trillium Health Centre, in addition to his part-time library job. He is friendly, natural and courteous with library staff and the public. He assists with clerical work in the hospital, and also does patient visitation, where his relaxed attitude, ability to communicate well with people of all ages, and his enthusiasm for all things technological, current events and politics, make him a very welcome visitor.

2007 - Shalina Vighio
Shalina Vighio, a Grade 11 student, has worked as a volunteer at the Courtneypark Branch Library since 2005, and has contributed well over 200 hours of service. The award was presented in recognition of her exceptional volunteer service in the library and in the community.  In addition to library volunteering, she works as a teacher’s assistant at Masumeen Centre, teaching kindergarten children and classes in Urdu. She assisted at the Play is Child's Work kindergarten conference in 2007, and with the Paralympics Volunteers.  She has been a graduation committee volunteer at David Leeder Middle School, and is currently assisting with the Peel Literacy Conference.  Courtneypark Library staff find her a dedicated, reliable and hard working.

2006 - Alexander Lim
Alexander Lim has been employed with the Mississauga Library System since 2001. He began his career working at South Common Branch and is currently in the Circulation Department of the Central Library. The award was presented in recognition of the many volunteer hours he has contributed to the community. Alex volunteered in a number of capacities including the Princess Margaret Hospital Patient Family Library, at the Peel Regional DECA Business Competition and at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto.

2006 - Ellaggiya Ravindran
Ella, a student in Grade 10, has worked as a volunteer at the Cooksville Library Branch in 2006, working well over her required 40 hours of community service. The award was presented in recognition of her commitment to volunteering. In addition to library volunteering, she worked as a Floradale P.S. reading buddy, and has volunteered at the Kougar Kitten Playschool and for cafeteria duty at T.L. Kennedy S.S., at MIAG (a multicultural group teaching health awareness), for the Terry Fox Run, and for Canadian Crime Awareness Day.

2005 - Kirstie Lippiatt
Kirstie has been a volunteer with the Frank McKechnie Branch Library since May 2005, and has worked well over her required 40 hours of community service. The award was presented in recognition of her commitment to volunteering. She has volunteered at Chelsea Park Nursing Home, and at Nahani Way Elementary School. She is also busy with Cadets, rugby, piano, and has a bronze cross in life guarding. At the library, she cheerfully tackled any tasks assigned to her, and was an especially enthusiastic participant in the Reading Buddy program. She was very popular with both children and their parents, who thought she was a mature and dedicated partner for their children.

2004 - Ashley Bettencourt
Ashley has been employed with the Mississauga Library System, Erin Meadows Branch, since September 2004. The award was presented in recognition of the many volunteer hours she has contributed to the community. A Grade 11 student at St. Aloysius Gonzaga S.S., she balances many extracurricular activities at school (leadership and prefect committees, tutoring, school retreats, Operation Outreach) and volunteering in the community (helping at a nursing home and child care centre), in addition to her part-time library job. She is always pleasant and happy when she comes to work, and has a particular talent for making creative displays and artwork for the children's area.

2004 - Karen Fridulin
Karen has been a volunteer with the Mississauga Library System, South Common Branch, since September 2004 completing 64 hours by the end of the year, and continuing into 2005. The award was presented in recognition of her excellent work. She began as a co-op student from Loyola S.S. and now helps to train another student. She contributes to the library as much through her enthusiastic and buoyant attitude as through the work she completes. She is polite, punctual, focussed on her work, friendly and welcoming to customers and staff, and feels there is nothing she cannot undertake. Staff feel they are fortunate to have her volunteer at their branch.

2003 - Andreas Kostalas
Andreas has been employed with the Mississauga Library System, Lorne Park Branch, during 2003, and has served as a volunteer there since August 2001. The award was presented in recognition of the many volunteer hours he has contributed to the library. While finishing high school and working as a page in 2003, he also found time to volunteer well past his required 40 hours of community volunteering. He has now completed his first year at University of Toronto in Mississauga. Staff found him to be an outstanding volunteer: efficient, accurate, dedicated, and generous with his time.

2003 - Mark Dunning
Mark has been a volunteer with the Mississauga Library System, Lakeview Branch, since February 2002, when he began as a co-op student from Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School. The award was presented in recognition of the over 200 hours of volunteer work he has contributed to the Lakeview Branch. He now volunteers with WalMart two days a week in addition to his library volunteering. Mark's valued contribution to the library has been mutually beneficial: he has set an example of dedication and hard work, and over the months of volunteering, he has developed his interpersonal and work skills. His experience demonstrates the value of volunteering for the community and the individual.

2002 - Haowei (Linda) Sun
Linda has been employed with the Mississauga Library System, Burnhamthorpe Branch, since January 2002. In recognition of the many volunteer hours she has contributed to her community through her commitment to working with seniors in providing companionship, working with youth in the role of tutor and previously volunteering with the library sets an excellent example for others to follow. Linda was also the winner of the University of Toronto Book Award in 2002 as well as the winner of the Governor General's Academic Award for the highest OAC average in her high school.

2002 - Anisa Mary Ramia
Anisa Mary has been a volunteer with the Mississauga Library System, Port Credit Branch, since March 2001. In recognition of her commitment to help the library through her vivacious and creative approach to her volunteer work as well as her attention to accuracy and initiative in this role which has been very much appreciated by the staff at Port Credit. It sets a high standard for all volunteers to follow. Anisa Mary also finds time to volunteer at her church and her school in various capacities.

2001 - Mahan Kulasegaram
Presented to Mahan Kulasegaram, a volunteer of the Mississauga Library System since April 1999, in recognition of his commitment and dedication. His reliability and energetic approach to his volunteer work sets a high standard for all volunteers to follow.

2001 - Jay Naik
Presented to Jay Naik, an employee of the Mississauga Library System since 1996, in recognition of his countless hours of volunteer work within the community. His commitment to working with youth in the roles of youth coordinator, tutor and peer counsellor to help them achieve their goals and grow as individuals sets an excellent example for others to follow.

 




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