UXBRIDGE: On Monday, January 23rd at the Uxbridge Council meeting, the first Mark Slater Memorial Award was given to Griffen Anderson of Uxbridge Secondary School (USS).
The award was presented by Steve Scarborough, who had been a good friend of the late Mark Slater and his former wife Julie Slater, 'who could later be heard from the crowd saying, "I only pick the best."
Like Griffin, Mark himself was quite accomplished; growing up in Toronto, Mark achieved the All Canadian Honours award for Football and Basketball, and ended up teaching both Physical Education and English for 25 years. He knew about sports, and at the same time could explain what Shakespeare was really saying.
The Mark Slater award recognizes excellence in many categories which include Academics, Athletics, Citizenship, and Community Involvement, requiring the recipient to be very well rounded member of the community. This describes Griffen, as he has helped with the Terry Fox run, as well as the community care walk for mental health, he is on the school Leadership committee and Debate team, and last year was on the grade 9 honour roll.
In sports, he has a Bronze Cross for swimming, is part of the running club (Road Runners), which he has a real passion for, and is on the Uxbridge Minor hockey team, which he needed to get to right after his award ceremony.
Griffen humbly accepted the award as a seasoned mature adult, showing both grace and poise as he represented himself in front of the crowd. Shortly afterward, members in the audience who know him personally could be heard mentioning some of the qualities Griffen possesses, such as his love in school for Math, Science, and reading. He also hopes to one day become an Astrophysicist.
In the words of Uxbridge Mayor Gerri Lynn O’ Connor, Griffen “is a wonderful example of the youth we have today in our community, that we are so proud of”.