We are pleased to introduce you to the 2019 recipients of the 2019 Osum Leader of Tomorrow Award:
Celeste Beaupre View Video
Nominated by: Troy Gratton and Chantal Smith
Celeste is an extraordinary young lady, first recognized for her volunteer efforts in 2005 when she was named the ACFA’s Volunteer of the Year. She was nominated for this distinction by a representative of a volunteer organization who unwaveringly advocates for the strength of Celeste’s commitment, responsibility, and moral compass. Graduating from Ecole Des Beaux Lacs, much of her community commitments have been through the French Cultural Centre. She is a reliable pillar of many year-round events and is a fixture at weekly liturgies where her love of life and passion for her community always take center stage. In the fall, Celeste will be taking her time and talents to the University of Alberta where she’ll take on Business Administration.
Brandon Carlson View Video
Nominated by: Lesley Ann Etter
Brandon’s kindness, diligence, and selflessness are what brought him into consideration for this award. According to his nominator and teacher, he’s the student they never have to ask to step-up when the situation called for it – an attitude made even more impactful due to the leadership skills that encourage others around him to rise to the occasion, as well. A man of as many interests as he has talents, Brandon spent much of his time volunteering with the heavy lifting, events, and even Santa duty opportunities as they arose. In addition to his undeniable presence at Bonnyville Centralized High School, Brandon has been an integral part of the success of his family’s business, so his absence will be felt on many fronts as he shifts his focus to Construction Engineering at NAIT next year.
Julia MacDonald View Video
Nominated by: Jennifer Dusyk-Johnson
Julia is as conscientious and hard-working a student as she is a passionate and engaged citizen when it comes to her community. A well-rounded student academically, Julia goes the extra mile by engaging in extracurriculars ranging from sports to Peer Support and environmental initiatives aimed at reducing waste and increasing recycling at Cold Lake High School. A testament to her initiative, Julia contacted the Fort McMurray City Council on behalf of the CLHS Envi-Royals to share and cultivate best practices surrounding single-use plastic reduction, bringing her learnings back to the school and community at large. An outstanding young citizen and proud Metis woman, Julia will be pursuing Nursing at the University of Alberta where her teachers and community members are sure her compassion and studious diligence will make her the sort of exceptional healthcare professional that we hope to encounter when we find ourselves or our loved ones in need of care.
Jacob Ratkovic View Video
Nominated by: Lynne Vining
Jacob is an incredibly compassionate person who treats others with kindness and respect, regardless of the situation. He’s proven his mettle as a strong leader during his time at Assumption Jr/Sr High School, playing on numerous varsity teams and providing coaching and encouragement to anyone around him who expressed an interest in sports. Beyond playing and coaching, he has volunteered his time as a scorekeeper and referee, doing his part off the clock to ensure that as many people as possible are able to experience the good that can come from physical activity and the community it creates. His investment in others spans further than sport and beyond his own community, Jacob traveled with his school to the Bissell Centre in Edmonton in order to serve meals to the homeless there. This is just a preview of the positive impact that Edmonton can expect to come, as Jacob has been accepted into the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Forestry program for the upcoming fall.
Meghan Rennie View Video
Nominated by: Craig Konechny, Lynne Vining and Peter Godin
Meghan has been deeply involved in her community since Grade 9 when she first joined the Cold Lake Youth Council, choosing this particular organization because she was adamant about contributing to something that was focused on creating positive change. She has since founded her own socially-motivated business, making and selling greeting cards to encourage people to maintain personal connections offline. Taking it one step further, she created a pay-it-forward component within her small business, donating a dedicated card to a family staying at the Ronald McDonald House for every five cards sold. Upon graduation from Assumption Jr/Sr High School, Meghan will be following her passion for art and business to the University of Lethbridge, where she’ll pursue a five-year interdisciplinary degree combining Fine Arts and Business Management. Those close to her have no doubt that she will excel in her academic efforts and still find time to sing, write, and contribute to a list of charitable organizations within her new community.
Maria Thiel View Video
Nominated by: Terry Kaminski
Maria gives 110% to anything that she does. Her commitment and integrity ensure that she always meets deadlines and prioritizes the bigger picture over her own needs and wants – never hesitating to rearrange her own life to accommodate the schedule or goals of others. A leader with initiative, Maria successfully organized a young runners program in support of Cold Lake’s youth pursuing sustaining healthy lifestyles. In addition to this commitment, Maria plays an active role in her church, at camp, tutoring, and spearheading environmental initiatives, including working to reduce unnecessary waste at Cold Lake High School. Maria will be moving to Edmonton in the fall to attend the University of Alberta in her pursuit of a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education. Those closest to her say this path is a perfect fit and opportunity for her to channel her kindness and warmth into the classroom to benefit countless youths and amplify her legacy within the community for generations to come.