“The Prince of Wales began his charitable career helping young people when he started the Prince’s Trust back in 1976 to provide a hand-up to those in need,” said Amanda Sherrington, President & CEO, Prince’s Charities Canada. “Each of today’s winners exemplifies that same spirit of service and the desire to make their communities a better place.”
“This year’s awards received an overwhelming amount of unique and inspiring applications, but these four youth stood out as champion leaders among their peers,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “These Canadian trailblazers are taking incredible actions in their backyards and on the world stage, tackling important issues that will help build a brighter future for Canada. I am excited to see how these young winners will continue to grow as the next generation of change-makers and influence others to join them in creating a ripple-effect of doing good.”
“Our congratulations to these remarkable young Canadians,” added Wayne Bossert, Deputy Chairman, RBC Wealth Management. “They exemplify the passion, drive and optimism that will lead us into Canada’s next 150 years. We’re proud to help honour them with The Prince’s Youth Service Awards.”
Award winners for each category were selected by a panel of judges made up of notable Canadians including:
Spencer West, WE ambassador, motivational speaker and author; Amanda Sherrington, President and CEO of Prince’s Charities Canada; Matthew Rowe, Director, Operations & Partnerships of Prince’s Charities Canada; Tamara Gordon, Advisory Council, Prince’s Charities Canada,; Barry Avrich, Partner, BT/A Advertising; Matthew Corrin, Founder and CEO of Freshii; Joe Mimran, Founder, Joe Fresh and Dragon, Dragons’ Den; Mike “Pinball” Clemons, CFL Hall of Famer, Vice Chair of the Toronto Argonauts; David Martin, President Horizon Capital Holdings Inc.; and Maureen Dockendorf, BC Ministry of Education Superintendent of Early Years.
About The Prince of Wales support for young people and service
The Prince of Wales has long believed in the potential of young people and in the benefits of service. In 1976, His Royal Highness founded The Prince’s Trust in the United Kingdom, which this year is celebrating 40 years of supporting 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school or at risk of exclusion. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping them develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by the Trust move into work, education or training, and last year HRH’s desire to help went global, with the launch of Prince’s Trust International.
WE is an organization that brings people together and gives them the tools to change the world. A unique family of organizations, WE is made up of WE Charity, empowering change with resources that create sustainable impact, and ME to WE, a social enterprise that creates socially conscious products and experiences that allow people to do good through their everyday choices. The celebration of that change happens at WE Day — inspiring stadium-sized life-changing events that take place around the world. A movement of 3.4 million young people supporting 2,500+ local and global causes, we’ve provided more than 1 million people with clean water and built 1,000 schools and schoolrooms overseas, giving more than 200,000 children access to education. WE was founded more than 20 years ago by humanitarians, activists and social entrepreneurs, brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger. Join the WE movement today at www.we.org