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A number of OCSB students were honoured at this year’s Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards held on June 5th at Ottawa City Hall.

Rebecca Kahindo of Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School was a recipient of the Academic Perseverance Award. She is a dedicated student who works very hard to achieve her goals. She grew up in Uganda, dealing with the hunger and hardships of living in a refugee camp. Despite this, her outlook remains hopeful and focused on moving forward with gratitude. She is a member of Global Outreach, raises funds for planting seeds in Guatemala, and has raised awareness in her school community about social justice issues such as poverty, hunger, and access to clean water. She also volunteers daily at Lester B. Pearson’s breakfast club, regularly visits Alzheimer’s patients, and has started her own charity to help young people in the Congo attend school. Rebecca is a great role model who demonstrates compassion and a drive to help others.

Sacred Heart High School‘s Tysen Lefebvre received the Max Keeping Award for Personal Courage. Tysen was born with Pfeiffer Syndrome Type 2, resulting in the need for numerous surgeries throughout his life. In 2012, after having his wish granted by the Make A Wish Foundation of Eastern Ontario, Tysen decided to give back, and started his Mission To A Million campaign to raise $1 million to grant the wishes of 100 kids. So far, he’s raised over $620,000. Tysen continues to be an inspiration to all those around him.

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