GHS students recognized for volunteerism by Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau
On April 26, 2017, nine members from Grimshaw Jr/Sr High School's Student Parliament Leadership Team (SPLT) attended the Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau Annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch at Revolution Place in Grande Prairie. The group was invited to the prestigious event based on the work they do in their school and community.
“Being recognized outside of our local community is pretty significant for us” says Walker Wearden, grade eleven GHS student and SPLT member.
The GHS Student Parliament Leadership Group is comprised of students from grades seven to twelve who plan events and volunteer in their school and community. This school year, the SPLT planned the Grimshaw Community Christmas event that was attended by approximately 200 community members and included preparing a traditional Christmas Dinner, live music, Santa photos, and the organization of various activities for attendees. Their work planning this event was featured in the Edmonton Journal. They also organized a Winter Carnival for Kennedy Elementary School students at Lac Cardinal and are currently working with Stone Brook, Supportive Living Services, to plan and host the ‘Spring Fling’ event happening on May 7, 2017 to raise money for a bus to transport residents in and around the community. The SPLT have also helped with various Town of Grimshaw and Grimshaw Chamber of Commerce events and earlier this school year, grade 12 student Amber Denison was chosen as the Town of Grimshaw Volunteer of the Month.
“I feel really proud that we were recognized in this way and invited to go to Grande Prairie’s volunteer lunch event” says Amber Denison, grade 12 student and SPLT member. “It inspires me to do even better, and I hope it inspires others to get involved in their school and community too.”
The annual event hosted by the Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau recognizes volunteers from communities that extend North to Grimshaw, East to Valleyview, South to Grande Cache and West to the Alberta-BC Border. In addition to attending the volunteer luncheon, three GHS students were nominated for the “Leaders of Tomorrow” award that recognizes students who have made contributions to their communities through volunteerism. PRSD congratulates GHS students and SPLT team members Jasmine McLaughlin, Alley Walters and Amber Denison for being nominated for this important award.
“We are very proud of and inspired by the work of the Grimshaw High Student Parliament Leadership Team” says GHS Principal Adam Murray. “This recognition is very well deserved as they are truly outstanding young leaders who are eager to make a positive difference in their school and community. I would also like to recognize Mr. Jon Myles, our staff representative who guides the leadership team and all our staff, parents, community and organizations for your involvement and partnership. Because of you, our students are provided opportunities that allow them to experience the value of volunteerism, community involvement and leadership – very important skills in life.”
View more photos from the event here