NORTH DURHAM: A young local resident has received some provincial recognition for her charity work in recent years, helping make the holidays brighter for the young patients of the Hospital for Sick Children.
Thirteen-year-old Utica resident Victoria Leask was the recipient of the Leading Girls Building Communities Award, an annual honour given to girls under 18 who are working to make their communities a better place. Victoria received the award from Durham MPP John O’Toole, who also nominated her for the award, at his recent community barbecue in Bowmanville.
The award recognizes Victoria’s ongoing Christmas campaigns to cheer up Sick Kids’ patients hospitalized over the holidays, by encouraging members of the local community to create ornaments and gift bags for youth staying at the Toronto hospital.
Dubbed ‘Victoria’s Gifts For Sick Kids,’ the initiative will go into its third year this December. This Christmas, Victoria said that she plans to make ornaments out of material other than paper, as has been traditionally used.
Not one to sit still, Victoria is continuing her work for Sick Kids in the summer and fall by taking up a collection for kids’ and teens’ DVDs which will be donated to the hospital’s library. So far, she has collected more than 20 films and is looking for as many donations as possible by mid-October. Anyone interested in contributing can get in touch by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.