Tye Dosanjh is in his second year of the Wheelhouse Program at Alouette Elementary. If you saw Tye coming down the hall at school, you would not immediately notice him as he rarely draws attention to himself. However, once you make eye contact, he is quick to smile and greet you warmly. If you stop to talk with him, you will notice his impeccable manners, conversation skills, and maturity. When asked what it means to be a leader, Tye explains that you need to show initiative. He says you have to be ready to, “step up when nobody else is willing to.” Sometimes, as Tye explains, that can mean that you make sacrifices. “For example, sometimes I have to go to leadership meetings instead of hanging out with my friends.” But Tye is quick to add that a good leader sometimes “puts others before yourself.”
This year, Tye joined the school’s leadership club, “Stronger Together”, and was elected co-chair early in the school year. He has done his best to participate at nearly every single activity, feeling that doing so was a responsibility of his role. Tye was also selected to represent the school as part of the district Student Voice team. Tye is interested in leadership because he wants to help people, especially those who are less fortunate. In the fall, Tye was fortunate to be part of the school group that participated in We Day. What stood out to Tye at this event were the presentations and discussions about mental health.
Tye enjoys spending time with his family. He says they make him laugh, help him get good ideas, and they cheer him on at baseball games! Tye says he learns about “life skills, business things, money” from his dad, while his mom helps him build up his confidence. In his spare time, Tye enjoys playing video games, watching TV, hanging out with his friends, cross-fit and sometimes skateboarding. He has also been playing baseball since he was about five years old and enjoys being part of the team.
As for life goals, Tye thinks he might like to be a doctor one day, as he finds learning about the medical field intriguing. Tye is also hoping to continue participating in Student Voice when he is in high school, and would like to volunteer at the SPCA near his house. He knows there are more things he wants to do in his future, but as he says, “I don’t know about them at the moment.” What he does know is that he really wants to improve his skateboarding skills!
About Leaders of Tomorrow
The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District (SD42) has teamed up with the Maple Ridge News to celebrate local students who are making a difference at school and in the community. Elementary and secondary students featured as Leaders of Tomorrow were picked by their principals for making positive achievements in academics, sports, arts and community involvement.
The list is just a sample of outstanding students in the school district selected by their school during the 2018/19 school year – there are many others who were equally deserving of recognition for their exemplary achievements both inside and outside the classroom. Every Tuesday throughout the school year, SD42 will profile a student selected as one of the 2019 Leaders of Tomorrow.