By Stephen Petrick
The future is looking pretty good for Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Alderville First Nation and children in the care of Highland Shores Children's Aid.
One hundred and forty youth from these communities were recognized in a celebration at the Empire Theatre last Thursday.
The event, which is also hosted by the Quinte Children's Foundation and Mohawk Family Services, is called the Reach for Success Awards.
Of the kids recognized, 69 received Youth Awards, for achievements in one of the following categories: Academic Achievement, Sports and Recreation, the Arts, Volunteerism, Personal Best and Culture and Heritage. Students ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 12 were eligible for this award.
Each recipient was called to the stage, where they received a $50 bill, a souvenir talking feather and a certificate. They also got the chance to walk across the stage and shake hands with a line of people who donate to or support the host organizations.
Later in the evening, 71 students were honoured with bursaries to help them with post-secondary education.
"Despite obstacles they may have faced, these young people achieved their goals and we are proud of all of them," said Nicole Broderick, Children's Services Supervisor for Highland Shores Children's Aid.
The event was emceed by Angus Francis, Manager of Children's Services at Highland Shores Children's Aid. He has emceed this event for ten years and says it's always a thrill. "To see children who previously received a Youth Award to be awarded a bursary is definitely a highlight of this event for me," he said.