Submitted by LOT
The 22nd annual Leaders of Tomorrow awards ceremony is nearing, and this year 28 inspiring individuals from the community were nominated.
The final representatives have been chosen and the awards ceremony is scheduled for April 24 at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the program starting at 7 p.m.
Kyra Ball is the representative for the 18 to 21 ages category and was nominated by the Gwynne Valley Ski Area.
Jenna Lamontagne has nominated Kyra Ball for all her years of dedication and hard work at the ski hill. She is a valued volunteer and ski hill supporter on and off the hill.
Kyra started out as a baby – sitting with her mom in the chalet while her brothers were on the hill. She hit the slopes herself at three years old. When she was old enough, Kyra became a lift operator for a few years. Then she volunteered to build some features in the hill’s Terrain Park. Now she’s building the Terrain Park.
Over the years Kyra has played a major role in advertising special events for the ski hill by doing presentations to schools, talking to businesses and distributing flyers.
She has voluntarily promoted the ski hill with helping to create entries for Gingerbread and Glitter and Santa Clause Parade floats.
Kyra has worked many bingos for the ski hill and is responsible for recruiting her friends to help out. She has volunteered to work the booth for the Gwynne Valley Ski Area at the Fall Parade of Programs to let people know what the facility has to offer.
An avid snowboarder herself, Kyra is passionate about getting others to experience the sport and culture that a small ski area provides.
In the summer, Kyra is busy at Covenant Bay Bible Camp on Pigeon Lake as a cabin co-leader in charge of up to six girls. Here, she helps lead activities such as canoeing, crafts, archery, biking, wakeboarding and waterskiing.
Kyra believes a leader is one who listens to others and is always ready to put a plan into action. Based upon information portrayed by individuals, she enjoys matching people with tasks she feels they will succeed in.
Kyra volunteers because its fun and she likes to see things happen and progress because of something she started or helped with. She hopes others will take notice and be inspired to get involved.
Morgan Crawford, nominated by Daniel Dick, is the chosen representative for the ages 15 to 17 category.
Morgan Crawford puts others before herself and is a friend to all, states nominator Daniel Dick. Although she is a busy person, Morgan always makes time to reach out to others, especially those who do not have many friends.
She is a leader and the voice of encouragement on volleyball, cross country and track teams. Seen as an excellent public speaker, Morgan is willing to stand up in any situation for what is right.
On high school student council, Morgan spends most of her lunch hours making and hanging posters, planning activities and baking goodies to sell. At church, Morgan is a leader for a young women’s group which requires her to be there for them when needed and be a dependable friend. Through this, Morgan is learning to better understand people and their feelings. Even though Morgan is not fond of playing piano in public, she does so at the conclusion at each church service. She does enjoy teaching piano, however – to elementary children twice a week at her home.
In the community, Morgan has been a summer camp leader, helped with garbage clean up and the annual community food drive.
Morgan says a leader must be encouraging, adaptable to change, provide solutions, consider everyone’s opinions and be firm on their decisions. She volunteers to help lift burdens for others and to be a positive influence. By helping and connecting with others, Morgan feels less stress and more fulfillment in her life which gives her the motivation to achieve her own goals.
Kaylie Maclure, nominated by Annette Kennett, is the chosen representative for the ages six to 11 category.
Annette Kennett’s single biggest reason for nominating Kaylie Maclure is her wonderful and unique balance of confidence and humility, which makes her a genuine leader. In fact, much of what makes Kaylie a strong leader goes without recognition or even witness. Kaylie consistently shares her talents and skills to encourage others and to be of service to those around her.
Cheery and caring, Kaylie gets along well with others – she is truly genuine. Her loving nature and concern for others are strong evidence of her compassion.
At church, Kaylie helps with children’s church, nursery and at meetings. She helps with ushering during services and sets up and cleans up for special events. She is participating in a musical designed to raise money for a missions trip to build houses in Mexico.
At school lunch hour, Kaylie runs a “Readers & Writers” club for students to practice or to just have fun. She plans the activities according to the age levels – Kindergarten to Grade 3 one week and Grades 4 to 6 the next.
In order for a severely handicapped student to feel accepted, respected and feel cared for, Kaylie brainstormed some ideas last December so that he could be involved in the Christmas play. In the community, Kaylie helps younger children learn to skate and how to hold a stick for pond hockey. In the summer she helps with drills and lines in soccer and hopes to referee this year.
Kaylie believes a good leader is someone who sets a good example by helping others and completes the commitments they make. She volunteers to make a difference in others’ lives and in the world.
Carl Martens is the representative for the 12 to 14 ages category and was nominated by the Battle River Institute, Griffiths-Scott Middle School, and Pat Garrett.
Writer and educator Dr. Jane Ross of the Battle River Institute met Carl Martens at a Cree-ative Writing Workshop where he impressed her by producing works of exemplary interest and quality. Dr. Ross states that Carl demonstrates an attitude of acceptance, non-violence, solidarity and respect for people and nature.
She sees that Carl has developed key competencies in critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and communication. Carl’s teacher Nancy Killen at Griffiths-Scott School is passionate about his abilities and his excellent intentions. She states that Carl’s heart is that of compassion and empathy and that he is always dependable.
For UNESCO activities, Carl began landscaping at the school on his lunch hours and inspired others to take up the cause. Since then he has been involved in every UNESCO event hosted by the school. Some of these include Pink Shirt Day, Orange Shirt Day and the Haunted Room which raised funds for building schools in Nepal.
Millet town councillor Pat Garrett is proud to know Carl and sees him as an asset to his family, his friends, his school and his community. He is committed to helping with Communities in Bloom, Legion events and Remembrance Day services. Last year he helped organize the Town’s Starry Night project where he shared his knowledge of telescopes, constellations and planets.
On the Millet Peewee Storm hockey team, Carl sets an example of good sportsmanship and fair play. Carl believes a leader is someone who sets a good example for people to follow. He volunteers because it makes him feel good and he likes to help others.