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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.

Ashley Robitaille of St. Matthew High School was a recipient of the Service & Caring Award. She has raised over $5,000 for CHEO by creating and selling duct tape petal pens locally and in Walmarts. Every penny she earns goes to help others. She has even approached local businesses to provide the materials for her pens, so she can raise even more money. Ashley has also volunteered over 1,000 community service hours at CHEO, teaching karate at schools, and assisting in the Development Education class. Through Youth Ottawa’s DILA Youth Program, she hosted a petal pen workshop to show other young people how to make them. Ashley’s kindness and compassion is an inspiration to all those around her.

Notre Dame High School‘s Samuel Hickey received the Max Keeping Award for Personal Courage. He is a role model and inspiration to everyone who meets him. Shortly after starting high school, Sam was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, and eventually had to have his leg amputated. The amputation was too high on his leg for a prosthetic, so he was offered special transportation to school. He quickly discovered that he preferred taking public transportation with his classmates. Through all of it, Sam kept a positive attitude. He is involved in many groups at his school, and has acted in school productions. He’s also used his story to educate other students about the Terry Fox run. Sam is always laughing and smiling.

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