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Vanier PS Student to be Honoured
Vanier PS Student to be Honoured
Posted on 11/02/2015

Vanier Public School Student to Receive
Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award

By Mark Calder

(Brockville) – A 10-year-old Vanier Public School student who is marshalling his peers to support orphans in Belarus will receive the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award November 9 during a ceremony in Ottawa.

Corbin Evans, a member of the school’s EarlyACT Club, is being recognized for his leadership with everything from helping typhoon victims obtain shelter to distributing toys to children in Cuba.

“Corbin is very humble and is very unaware of the positive impact he has on others,” said Michelle Peters, teacher adviser to the school’s EarlyACT Club. “He is kind and caring and when he does all of this charitable work he is not self-absorbed. What is great about him is that he is very unaware that what he’s doing is anything special or out of the ordinary.”

However, what the Grade 5 student does is anything but ordinary.

Evans celebrated his seventh birthday by asking friends and relatives to help save Canadian polar bears by supporting the organization Earth Rangers, said Peters. The youth requested donations in lieu of presents at his party, and also spent lunch and recess periods at his school selling hot chocolate to raise funds. Through his efforts, he and his friends and classmates donated $1,300 to Earth Rangers.

The next year, he donated $120 in birthday money to the local chapter of the Humane Society. He felt that the money would be better spent caring for sheltered animals.

When a devastating typhoon hit the Philippines in November 2013, Evans challenged the school community to raise $3,000 for ShelterBox Canada. He pledged to shave his head if the school met its fundraising goal. Students raised $3,122, leading to a new hairstyle for the young man.

During the last two winters, Evans’s family has vacationed in Cuba. Each time, the family visited local children in nearby communities and distributed toys Evans had purchased himself.

Other activities he has been involved with include:

· Every Halloween, Evans drops off Halloween Jack-o’-Lanterns to neighbours living around the school as a “random act of kindness.”

· At Christmas, he purchases gifts for one boy and one girl and gives them to the Salvation Army for distribution to children in need.

The EarlyACT Club is currently organizing items for Evans’s latest act of caring, which will take him to Belarus in April 2016. After a visit to the school about the Shoeboxes for Seniors program by Canadian Aid for Chernobyl representative David Shaw, Evans devised the idea of creating “birthday boxes” for children at an orphanage in Chausy, Belarus, an area devastated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Evans challenged his peers in the club last spring to raise money to provide a birthday party and present boxes for 100 children at the orphanage. The club raised more than $3,000 to fund the project. The boxes will include items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, school supplies, toys, and items for older children such as nail polish.

Canadian Aid for Chernobyl has invited Evans to visit the orphanage and help to coordinate the birthday party. While there, Evans will also visit seniors homes and plan games and activities which he will lead with the children at the orphanage.

Created in 1995, the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award recognizes individuals who volunteer their time to help others and to build a smarter and more caring nation.

Evans will receive the honour during a ceremony at the American ambassador's residence.

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