2016 Spirit of Friendship & Scholarship
Friday, November 13th, 2015
2016 Spirit of Friendship Award Winners
Best Buddies Canada is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015/16 Spirit of Friendship Award, Annick Léger and Dalainey Gervais of Mississauga, ON. The pair have been Best Buddies for three years and have spent that time building a friendship that will last a lifetime.
Annick and Dalainey spend part of almost every day together at school and have bonded over their love of art and often create pieces together. They even attended prom together last year for Annick’s grade 12 year! Between Annick’s competitions for her Special Olympics rhythmic gymnastics’ team and Dailainey’s heavy academic program, they still regularly get together on weekends to hang-out, have sleep overs, get their nails done, and create some funky art.
Sainte-Famille staff advisor, Lynn Nolan-Fox, says; “They are a truly inspirational pair [and] their friendship is most definitely an enduring one that will last well past high school.”
Annick and Dalainey are true ambassadors of the Best Buddies program and an inspiration to many!
Congratulations Annick and Dalainey!
2016 Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 James Raymond Cowling Foundation Scholarships: Vrinda Munjal and Abhinav Bhatnagar.
High School- Abhinav Bhatnagar
Abhinav Bhatnagar was awarded the $500 scholarship for his dedication to promoting inclusion at Father Michael Goetz Secondary School. Abhinav has been very involved with Best Buddies for the past four years and exemplifies what this friendship program is all about. According to staff at his school, he is a positive role model for other students, an exemplary citizen and has made a positive contribution to his community at large. Keep up the good work!
University- Vrinda Munjal
Vrinda Munjal was awarded the $1000 scholarship due to her dedicated involvement with Best Buddies at the University of British Columbia. This talented leader has been with Best Buddies for six years and her amazing work to make the University of British Columbia chapter as accessible and inclusive as possible has resulted in the club winning the Award for Commitment to Diversity. Great job Vrinda!
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