District Highlights

2019 Leaders of Tomorrow: Siobhan McAleese, Garibaldi

From the moment Siobhan McAleese arrived at Garibaldi Secondary, she has found ways to be a leader.

Siobhan is a leader not only in the classroom but also during extracurricular activities. One of these activities includes the Rebels For A Cause club, which works with the Me to We foundation to raise money for schools and wells in needy communities. Another club is Link Crew, a club designed to help grade 8s adjust to high school along with other activities around the school. Siobhan is actively involved in both of these clubs and will continue to be a diligent member throughout her high school years. 

Additionally, Siobhan has participated in our school’s soccer and volleyball team, where she always gives 100%. Her positive attitude shines through anything she does, and she is never afraid to make new friends. Siobhan has a unique way of uplifting people and finds pleasure in making others happy.

Although Siobhan is very busy with school, she still makes time to play soccer for WCAGFC and to volunteer at Maple Ridge Senior Village. However, Siobhan’s favourite thing to do outside of school is Girl Guides. Siobhan has been a Girl Guides member since grade 1 and got the amazing opportunity to travel to London UK and Switzerland with her unit last summer. Girl Guides is something that gives Siobhan even more opportunities to support her community and put a smile on people’s faces. She is currently a first-year Ranger and looks forward to helping younger members camp at Mount Seymour near the end of this month.

At school, Siobhan and her team-mates won $5,000 for their chosen charity last year. The One Way Club Society gained a great deal of support from the money they won. This was through the YPI (Youth Philanthropy Initiative) program that grants money to charities and non-profit organizations. Students have the power to choose the charity they believe will best benefit from the money.  

Siobhan is always compassionate and kind-hearted in and outside the classroom. She never lets any negativity to weigh her down which contributes to her optimistic approach to life. Siobhan was a leader yesterday, is a leader today, and will be a leader of tomorrow. 

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.

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