2016 Nadine Marshall Scholarship winner Karmen

We are pleased to introduce you to the winner of 2016 Nadine Marshall Scholarship, Karmen Leong!

Karmen-Leong

As an aspiring teacher, Karmen strives to inspire and be inspired through new challenges and experiences to turn ideas into movements of change. At Eric Hamber Secondary School, she was privileged to have many opportunities to grow to become an impactful leader of the community. These positions included Co-Editor In Chief of the school yearbook, Editor In Chief of the school newspaper and an executive member of Service Club, Web Team and Kids Help Phone Club. In her grade 12 year, she was also selected as 1 of 18 peer counsellors to guide and provide emotional and educational care to her fellow students while implementing a safe environment for all to thrive. With the desire and drive to refuse injustice, Karmen established a healthy school breakfast fundraiser, the Breakfast Project, to fund for an inner city elementary school breakfast program. Karmen also helped jumpstart a zero waste high school mentorship program to encourage elementary school students to problem solve and start new initiatives to address environmental concerns in the community. She was also part of the planning committee for both TEDxYouth@HamberSchool as well as the VSB Sustainability Conference. As an active athlete, she shared her passion for sports by serving as an assistant coach of a local soccer team to encourage equality, tenacity and patience for kids with developmental disabilities. In addition, Karmen also achieved a 4.0 Principal’s List academic standing throughout her high school career.

In the fall, Karmen will be studying Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia to learn and expand on ways she can act to help herself and others achieve a higher quality of life. She feels incredibly honoured to be receiving this award. She strives to possess the same inspiring qualities of Nadine Marshall and the unwavering belief that the power of kindness, love and open-mindedness is an agent for positive change in our world.

Della Paul Memorial Scholarship winner Alexander

We are pleased to introduce you to the winner of Kindness Foundation’s first Della Paul Memorial Scholarship Alexander Tom!

Alexander-Tom

As a student at Prince of Wales Secondary School, Alexander was a diligent student who faced various learning challenges. Through his perseverance and hard work, he was able to achieve his personal academic goals. His contributions to the community involved volunteer work with various charities and foundations such as the Great Canadian Shoreline cleanup of the beaches in Vancouver because of his love for ocean life; fundraising for Promise for Tomorrow, a charity supporting AIDS-impacted orphans of China; and being a member of the Visionary 21 club at Prince of Wales Secondary promoting the Visionary 21 Foundation of Canada to raise funds and awareness for Down Syndrome research and education.

At his grad ceremony, Alexander was very proud and honoured to receive the Della Paul Memorial Scholarship from the Kindness Foundation of Canada as well as the Individual Achievement award recognizing his academic and personal growth in the five years in highschool. Alexander would like to thank his family, friends, teachers, counsellors and staff at Trafalgar Elementary, General Wolfe Elementary and Prince of Wales Secondary schools for all their support, guidance and encouragement throughout his school career.

Alexander’s future plans are to continue his education at Langara College in the fall.

Nadine Marshall Scholarship (Spring 2016)

This scholarship has been established to honour the initiative, commitment, enthusiasm and example of Nadine Marshall, co-founder of The KindActs Association of B.C., recently renamed The Kindness Foundation of Canada. Nadine’s unwavering belief in the power of kindness as an agent for positive change in our world has sustained her and allowed her ideas to develop into programs and KindActs to grow and evolve. Most importantly this belief, embodied in her daily walk through life, is a powerful example, and source of motivation for all that have had the pleasure to know her.

Note: This scholarship is currently only available to students graduating from a Vancouver School Board Secondary School.

Criteria for the Scholarship:

The intention of this fund is to recognize exceptional high school graduating students, inspired by the vision of a kinder world and committed to making a difference, with a scholarship to assist them in furthering their education.
It is our hope that the recognition of our recipient(s) important work will inspire them to continue to be involved in similar initiatives through their post-secondary years and into adult life.

Recipient Profile:

  • You are inspired by the vision of a kinder world and have the character and commitment to undertake wholeheartedly a project that will create positive impact in the community, locally or globally.
  • You have demonstrated your commitment to positive action, contribution or raising awareness in past activities.
  • You inspire others, not only through your actions, but by being who you are.
  • You are compassionate, aware, wise, open-minded, imaginative, and creative or innovative.
  • You understand the value of education, recognizing that a well rounded person embraces learning opportunities inside and outside of school.
  • You personally strive for excellence, but maintain a healthy greater perspective in your pursuit of it that allows you to experience life and its joys.

The scholarship Award:

Scholarship: The recipient will receive a scholarship of $1000.00 to assist in their post-secondary education.

Application Process and Deadlines:

Applications should be post marked on or before April, 15, 2016.

Applications should include information about past and current involvement in Kindness initiatives (social responsibility). If they were group initiatives please outline your specific responsibilities and contributions to the project. Include information about the success of the projects as part of the submissions. Please include information about your motivation, challenges that you may have encountered, and the impact that you are making or hope to make.

Please include a copy of your second term, grade 12 report.

Click here to download the application form (.doc)

Click here to download the application form (.pdf)

Send completed applications to:

Attn: Mike McEwan
David Lloyd George Elementary School
8370 Cartier Street
Vancouver BC V6B 4T8
Canada

Della Paul Memorial Scholarship (Spring 2016)

This scholarship has been established to honour Della Paul’s belief in the power of kindness. Della worked for many years with handicapped students as a Teacher’s Aide. She thought that kindness was one of the most important attributes a person could have. Kindness makes the day better for most people but for some, it simply makes the day tolerable. A kind act has value for both the recipient and the giver and its true effect may never truly be known. For some a simple kindness extended may be a game changer or a life saver. Kindness is essential for us to thrive and find our place in life.

It is our hope that the recipient of this scholarship will be encouraged to continue and grow their personal commitment to kindness. It is also hoped that it will enhance the profile of kindness in the hearts and minds of all graduates and within the PW community.

Criteria for the Scholarship

The intention of this scholarship is to find and acknowledge the one person in your graduation class that exemplifies kindness in their daily walk. We are looking for the person who has contributed the most in creating a kind, compassionate and accepting culture here at Prince of Wales Secondary. This is the person whose daily interactions with friends, classmates, other students and staff are a mirror that reflects an unselfish nature and a commitment to make a difference in the lives of others through kind, thoughtful, respectful, positive interactions. This person is an example of the best qualities that the human condition has to offer.

Recipient Profile

  • An individual who consistently seizes the opportunity to extend kindness to others around them
  • An individual whose kindness is rooted in their value and respect of others
  • An individual whose kindness to others is truly a gift freely given
  • An individual whose kind spirit is a beacon of example to others
  • An individual who enhances the profile of kindness within the school community and culture
  • Although the recipient doesn’t have to be on the honour roll they do have to be seen by the staff as a student who applies themselves consistently and responsibly in pursuit of their academic potential

Award Process

  • This scholarship is only available to members of the Prince of Wales graduating class of 2015-2016.
  • All applications must be signed and submitted to Mr. Derpak by 3:30 pm Friday, March 11, 2016.
  • The adjudication committee will be made up of teachers and administrators to ensure that the recipient meets the criteria. If, in the determination of the adjudication committee, there is no significant match to the criteria among the five nominees no scholarship will be awarded.

The Scholarship Award

The recipient will receive a scholarship of $1,000.00 to assist in their post-secondary education.

Click here to download the Application Form (.doc)

Click here to download the Application Form (.pdf)

Nadine Marshall Memorial Scholarship Winner

Bio: Sophia Sabatino
Sophia Sabatino - Kindness Foundation of Canada Scholarship Winner
As a student at Magee Secondary, Sophia was very active in the school community. In grade 8 and 9, Sophia was a member of the Magee leadership program. This program focused on community service while maintaining high academic standings. Following that, Sophia was a part of the Evolution Choir and was a founding member of the Best Buddies Club at the school. Her involvement with the Best Buddies Club continued into grade 11 and 12 as Sophia worked closely with students in the Learning Assistance/ Life Skills class on a daily basis and was their drama coach throughout the year. This involved assisting these students develop and practice appropriate social skills and behaviour both in the classroom, school community, and beyond. Sophia was also selected to be one of the schools 27 Peer Counsellors this year, which focused on helping incoming grade 8′s transition smoothly into their first year of high school. To end off the year with a bang, Sophia led a team of AP art students in creating and putting together the set for this year’s school musical, Spamalot. At her grad ceremony, Sophia was very proud and honoured to receive the Kindness Foundation of Canada, Nadine Marshall Memorial Scholarship, one other school scholarship and the Student Council Best Citizen award. Sophia would like to thank her family, friends and teachers for all their support and encouragement throughout her school career.

Award Winner (2014 – 2015) – Geoffrey Ching

We’re pleased to introduce last year’s scholarship winner Geoffrey!

scholarship winner Geoffrey

As a student who attended Sir Winston Churchill Secondary in Vancouver, B.C. for the whole of his secondary school life, Geoffrey was always highly involved in his community. In Grade 8, he started his community involvement by joining the Canadian Blood Services Volunteer program in addition to coaching with the Vancouver District Special Olympics Swim Team. In his later high school years, Geoffrey went on to become Editor-in-Chief of the regionally distributed Big Bang Science Magazine, the founder of the nationally acclaimed Ouroboros Platinum Dragon Boat Team, and a Director for his school’s 100 member International Baccalaureate cohort. In addition to this, Geoffrey maintained a high standard of academic achievement throughout high school by maintaining a position on the Principal’s List since Grade 9.

Now attending the University of British Columbia, Geoffrey has established the non-profit foundation titled the Youth Mental Health Association. In addition, he writes for the UBC student magazine and volunteers as a research assistant in the Life Sciences Centre regularly.

Nadine Marshall Scholarship

The Kindness Foundation of Canada 
Nadine Marshall Scholarship

This scholarship has been established to honour the initiative, commitment, enthusiasm and example of Nadine Marshall, co-founder of The KindActs Association of B.C., recently renamed The Kindness Foundation of Canada. Nadine’s unwavering belief in the power of kindness as an agent for positive change in our world has sustained her and allowed her ideas to develop into programs and KindActs to grow and evolve. Most importantly this belief, embodied in her daily walk through life, is a powerful example, and source of motivation for all that have had the pleasure to know her.

Criteria for the Scholarship:

The intention of this fund is to recognize exceptional high school graduating students, inspired by the vision of a kinder world and committed to making a difference, with a scholarship to assist them in furthering their education.

It is our hope that the recognition of our recipient(s) important work will inspire them to continue to be involved in similar initiatives through their post-secondary years and into adult life.

Recipient Profile:

  • You are inspired by the vision of a kinder world and have the character and commitment to undertake wholeheartedly a project that will create positive impact in the community, locally or globally.
  • You have demonstrated your commitment to positive action, contribution or raising awareness in past activities.
  • You inspire others, not only through your actions, but by being who you are.
  • You are compassionate, aware, wise, open-minded, imaginative, and creative or innovative.
  • You understand the value of education, recognizing that a well rounded person embraces learning opportunities inside and outside of school.
  • You personally strive for excellence, but maintain a healthy greater perspective in your pursuit of it that allows you to experience life and its joys. 

The scholarship Award:

Scholarship: The recipient will receive a scholarship of $1000.00 to assist in their post-secondary education.

Application Process and Deadlines:

Applications should be post marked on or before April, 17, 2015.

Applications should include information about past and current involvement in Kindness initiatives (social responsibility). If they were group initiatives please outline your specific responsibilities and contributions to the project. Include information about the success of the projects as part of the submissions. Please include information about your motivation, challenges that you may have encountered, and the impact that you are making or hope to make.

Please include a copy of your second term, grade 12 report.

Click here to download the scholarship application form

Send completed applications to:

Attn: Mike McEwan
David Lloyd George Elementary School
8370 Cartier Street
Vancouver BC V6B 4T8
Canada

 

Vancouver School Board collaborates with Kindness Foundation

The VSB and The Kindness Foundation of Canada are collaborating to bring more kindness character to Intermediate classrooms!

The Kindness Counts @ School Toolkits (lesson plans) were designed as a proactive character building program. We purposely took a positive, proactive approach rather than focusing on anything negative. Our goal is to improve student’s understanding of the power of individual words and actions in the creation of a positive, accepting, safe, and kind school culture. This understanding, like all learning, will reach beyond the school to enrich their lives and the lives of others within the greater community.

The resource includes a series of lessons (toolkit) on each of the following aspects of kindness; Courage, Compassion, Integrity, Self-Awareness, Respect, Generosity, Gratitude, Inclusion, and Optimism.

The Humour Toolkit is in development and will be available soon. The toolkits were developed with an upper intermediate audience in mind and are aligned with the British Columbia, Prescribed Learning Outcomes for Language Arts, Social Studies, and Health and Career Education. However, the toolkits would be appropriate and easily adapted for use at other grade levels.

The environment for the development of appropriate self-regulation and social responsibility does not exist in the greater community as it has in the past. For most students schools are increasingly important as the community where they learn and practice these important skills so that they can be carried forward as students move on into high school and their adult lives. This learning is one of the most important contributions that schools make toward the creation and maintenance of a civil society and why schools remain important institutions in our society. Schools, therefore, have and must continue to take on more and more of the responsibility for the development of social responsibility in their students.

The toolkits are not intended to be used in any particular order nor is it necessary to present all of the lessons within a particular year or grade level. Our intent was to develop a resource that would offer the most flexibility to teachers and schools as we try to nurture the development of social responsibility within our students. The variety of lessons allows teachers or schools to find some alignment between a school goal, a district initiative, a student leadership program, or an identified need within a school, class, or grade level. We feel that they could become an important part of any school’s or a district’s ‘Erase Strategy’ or other social responsibility initiatives. It is hoped that by working through any of the lessons in our resource, students will understand, develop and have an opportunity to practice these important components of kindness and witness their positive influence in action.