NORTH DURHAM: Later this week, a pair of local young people will learn is they have been selected as one of 12 finalists in the Ontario Junior Citizens of the Year competition.
Presented by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA), these annual awards highlight significant achievements by youth in communities across the province. North Durham is home to many remarkable young people, and The Standard is pleased to be able to recognize them regularly within our newspaper.
This year, The Standard nominated a pair of Uxbridge residents, Joshua Morrison and Hayden Prince. The classmates at Joseph Gould P.S. will learn if they have been selected as finalists for the award on Friday, Jan. 29.
Mr. Morrison has been highlighted numerous times in local media as the driving force behind a campaign to raise pennies in support of Habitat for Humanity, and has addressed many community leaders and served as a positive role model for local residents of all ages through his generosity.
“Joshua is an aspiration to us all to do more to help make the lives of others more comfortable,” said Standard General Manager Colleen Green. “I’m proud that The Standard has been able to help give Joshua a voice in his campaign and would love to see such a well-deserving young person win this award.”
The other local nominee for the Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year, Hayden Prince held the second annual edition of his Shooting4Food AirSoft tournament this past fall in support of the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank in Uxbridge.
A member of the Roxy Kids, Hayden is a tireless supporter of community activities, and making a difference in the lives of local residents through his charitable endeavours.
“Hayden’s commitment to the less fortunate in the community, his volunteering at school, his work with the Roxy Kids, all done with a great sense of humour, have impressed me greatly. He is an admirable young person fully deserving of the award,” said Uxbridge Cosmos reporter Roger Varley.
Nominations for the Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year are collected by OCNA members every fall, so keep an eye out for local young people making a difference in the community. You likely won’t have much trouble spotting several.