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Community awards recognize some of Corner Brook’s best


It’s hard to fathom how Alysha Pelley finds the time to do the regular things most teenagers do.

It’s the generous way she does spend her free time away from her studies and other responsibilities that contributed to her being named Corner Brook’s Youth Citizen of the Year.

The 17-year-old Level 3 student from Corner Brook Regional High School was named the recipient of that honour during the Achievement in Community Excellence Awards ceremony held at the Corner Brook civic centre Wednesday evening.

She earned the nod, in part, for her strong academic showing and her participation in artistic and athletic endeavours.

But it is her community service that really stands out.

Last year, Pelley dove headlong into helping the Kids Eat Smart program at G.C. Rowe Junior High School — now known as Corner Brook Intermediate. To make sure as many as 50 students had a healthy breakfast every day of the school week, she helped recruit volunteers, completed their shift schedule and picked up food items around the city.

She also gives her time at the WestRock Community Centre in Dunfield Park. Besides providing support for community events, she has organized blood donor drives and spends time reading to and socializing with residents at the Corner Brook Long-Term Care home.

“I just like bringing smiles to people’s faces,” Pelley said after receiving the award winner Wednesday.

She is also involved with Project Pulse NL, an organization that strives to familiarize motivated students with the world of health sciences with conferences throughout Canada.

Pelley has plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, likely at either Dalhousie University in Halifax or McGill University in Montreal after high school. She also plans to keep giving of herself long after graduation.

“I want to be involved more,” she said. “I know that wherever I go (to university), there will be even more opportunities for me to volunteer.”

The Citizen of the Year award given out Monday went to Alex Noel. Noel, who was out of town and unable to attend, is president of the Grenfell Campus Student Union, is involved in Western Pride NL and is an advocate in the fight against homelessness.

Recipients of the Achievement in Community Excellence Awards were chosen from nominees in 14 categories. The ACE Awards covered a broad spectrum of the community, including social, environmental, artistic and athletic honours.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

 

Community Environmental Leader: The late Freida Faour

 

Corner Brook Environmental Award: ACAP Humber Arm

 

Emerging Artist of the Year: Emma Peckford

 

Overall Artist of the Year: Jerry Etienne

 

Arts Event of the Year: Listen, Move, Make (Gros Morne Summer Music and Grenfell Campus Art Gallery collaboration)

 

Gerry Basha Female Athlete of the Year: Courtney Simmonds

 

Male Athlete of the Year: Jake Quinton

 

Active Living Community Champion: Andrea Green

 

Active Living Community Champion Organization: Special Olympics Corner Brook

 

Joe Mullins Lifetime Achievement Award: Jamie Graham

 

Coach/Executive of the Year: Kathy Cormier

 

Non Profit Organization of the Year: Theatre Newfoundland Labrador

 

Youth Citizen of the Year: Alysha Pelley

 

Citizen of the Year: Alex Noel

 

 

It’s the generous way she does spend her free time away from her studies and other responsibilities that contributed to her being named Corner Brook’s Youth Citizen of the Year.

The 17-year-old Level 3 student from Corner Brook Regional High School was named the recipient of that honour during the Achievement in Community Excellence Awards ceremony held at the Corner Brook civic centre Wednesday evening.

She earned the nod, in part, for her strong academic showing and her participation in artistic and athletic endeavours.

But it is her community service that really stands out.

Last year, Pelley dove headlong into helping the Kids Eat Smart program at G.C. Rowe Junior High School — now known as Corner Brook Intermediate. To make sure as many as 50 students had a healthy breakfast every day of the school week, she helped recruit volunteers, completed their shift schedule and picked up food items around the city.

She also gives her time at the WestRock Community Centre in Dunfield Park. Besides providing support for community events, she has organized blood donor drives and spends time reading to and socializing with residents at the Corner Brook Long-Term Care home.

“I just like bringing smiles to people’s faces,” Pelley said after receiving the award winner Wednesday.

She is also involved with Project Pulse NL, an organization that strives to familiarize motivated students with the world of health sciences with conferences throughout Canada.

Pelley has plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, likely at either Dalhousie University in Halifax or McGill University in Montreal after high school. She also plans to keep giving of herself long after graduation.

“I want to be involved more,” she said. “I know that wherever I go (to university), there will be even more opportunities for me to volunteer.”

The Citizen of the Year award given out Monday went to Alex Noel. Noel, who was out of town and unable to attend, is president of the Grenfell Campus Student Union, is involved in Western Pride NL and is an advocate in the fight against homelessness.

Recipients of the Achievement in Community Excellence Awards were chosen from nominees in 14 categories. The ACE Awards covered a broad spectrum of the community, including social, environmental, artistic and athletic honours.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

 

Community Environmental Leader: The late Freida Faour

 

Corner Brook Environmental Award: ACAP Humber Arm

 

Emerging Artist of the Year: Emma Peckford

 

Overall Artist of the Year: Jerry Etienne

 

Arts Event of the Year: Listen, Move, Make (Gros Morne Summer Music and Grenfell Campus Art Gallery collaboration)

 

Gerry Basha Female Athlete of the Year: Courtney Simmonds

 

Male Athlete of the Year: Jake Quinton

 

Active Living Community Champion: Andrea Green

 

Active Living Community Champion Organization: Special Olympics Corner Brook

 

Joe Mullins Lifetime Achievement Award: Jamie Graham

 

Coach/Executive of the Year: Kathy Cormier

 

Non Profit Organization of the Year: Theatre Newfoundland Labrador

 

Youth Citizen of the Year: Alysha Pelley

 

Citizen of the Year: Alex Noel

 

 

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