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.
Ryan Coyte of All Saints High School was a recipient of the Academic Perseverance Award. At a young age, Ryan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. At his five-year checkup, he received the news that his cancer had returned. After a successful bone marrow transplant, it was discovered that he had relapsed for a third time. Through all of this, Ryan has maintained a winning attitude. He overcame this adversity by being involved in his school community. He was the keynote speaker at his school’s Terry Fox assembly, was a counsellor at a camp for childhood cancer survivors, and was team manager for the varsity basketball team. He is an inspiration to the entire All Saints community.
Ryan Rodrigs, also at All Saints, received the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Award. While carpooling to soccer practice, Ryan’s driver got into an accident due to texting and driving. It was a tough time for Ryan, so eventually he decided to find a solution to the problem. He began thinking about technological approaches to combat the issue, and eventually approached his dad with some of his ideas. Together, they filed a patent and began to work on software designed to automatically lock a driver’s phone while operating a vehicle, but allowing functionality for passengers. It is currently being released on Google Play and the Apple App store. His dedication to making the world a better place makes Ryan a very deserving recipient of this award.
Kelly McKibbin is the Board Website Coordinator with the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Communications Department, and manages all aspects of the Board’s district website. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Communications, from the University of Ottawa, and is the recipient of a United Way Ottawa Community Builder Award.