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North Grenville DHS Student Honoured for Leadership

North Grenville DHS Student Receives
2016 Leading Girls Building Communities Award

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Aidan Luctkar Receives Provincial Award

(Pictured above: North Grenville District High School student Aidan Luctkar, at right, receives the 2016 Leading Girls Building Communities Award from Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark.)

By Mark Calder

(Kemptville) – A North Grenville District High School (NGDHS) student known for her leadership, community volunteerism and mentorship was recognized Friday with a 2016 Leading Girls Building Communities Award.

Aidan Luctkar, a Grade 10 student, received the honour during a classroom presentation from Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark for her community involvement, which has included volunteering with the Elizabeth Fry Society, as a camp counsellor at Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary , and with the charity Sarah’s Hope to raise money to reconstruct an elementary school in Kenya.

The provincial award, given by the Ontario Women’s Directorate , celebrates the contributions women and girls across Ontario are making to improve the lives of others through their careers, activism or volunteer work.

“It was easy to see why Aidan is so deserving of this recognition,” said Clark, after presenting the certificate. “Through her work at school and volunteering in the community, she has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to making a difference in the lives of women and girls in her area and beyond.”

The student is also an advocate for equity and social change in her small rural community of Oxford Mills. She has served as a friend and mentor to a 12-year-old boy who is developmentally delayed and has autism. She has taken him swimming and assisted him to overcome his fear of water. She also helped him improve his social skills.

NGDHS Principal Derek Cole, who initially nominated Luctkar, adds she is a strong academic student. Last year, despite her involvement in both her community and at her school, she won the gold medal for top average in her grade.

“And she is super modest as well,” said Cole. “I just thought it was important that she be nominated for the good work she has done and is going to continue to do. “

Luctkar was pleased to receive the award.

“It is such a great achievement,” she said. “I am so happy that people were willing to help me get this award. It is such an honour.”

Posted March 12, 2016



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