A French Immersion graduate of the PMSS class of 2018, Mackenzie, a former PME student, aspires to become a teacher upon completion of her studies at Douglas College and SFU.
Mackenzie knew this career was for her at a very young age as she has always loved taking care of young children. She has also had a stellar five-year stay at Pitt Meadows Secondary and leaves the school having had a major impact on the culture and climate of our school community.
Mackenzie has spent countless hours volunteering both within her school and the community of Pitt Meadows. Whether she is assisting with BINGO night at the Wesbrook Seniors’ Centre, teaching immersion kindergarten students at PME to read and write in our official second language, or getting involved in the many community activities connected to the Pitt Meadows Fire Department, Mackenzie’s dedication to helping others is truly amazing.
Over her high school years, Mackenzie has developed a passion for firefighting (it runs in the family) and she was honoured to have been asked to attend Camp Ignite, a firefighting program for young women. Moreover, during her Grade 12 year she enrolled in the PMFD’s Youth Academy and progressed through this program with flying colours. Perhaps Mackenzie’s overwhelming generosity is best exemplified by her receiving a $150 grant from the RBC ‘Make 150 Count’ initiative and immediately turning around and using these funds to purchase toiletries and other necessities for individuals connected to the Maple Ridge homeless shelter.
While PMSS will miss Mackenzie; we hope to see her in the district’s teaching ranks in the years ahead.
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 2017/18 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 2018 Leaders of Tomorrow.