During the 2016-17 school year, Michaela was a Grade 12 student at Westview Secondary. It was easy to nominate her as one of our Leaders of Tomorrow! Like many of our youth today, Michaela has had her share of obstacles to overcome. But particularly over the last two years, her engagement with both obstacles and opportunities that have come her way, has been nothing short of inspiring! Michaela has founded our school’s PRIDE group, and was instrumental in pushing for our gender inclusive bathroom.
In addition, Michaela has organized a number of inclusive events at our school, in addition to being an important member of Student Voice and grad council. If things are happening at our school, Michaela is usually behind it! Further, she is not only an academic student, but also very involved in our drama and music programs. She is always willing to lend a hand, if not lead an event, and is always encouraging to her peers (and teaching staff!).
Additionally, Michaela has participated in our school’s Global Studies program for two years in a row. This year, it has been wonderful to see her not only learn about global issues, but become invested in them. She has pushed herself to embrace her fears and push past them. She is enrolled at Capilano’s Global Stewardship Program next year, and while plans often change, is currently passionate about gaining the skills and knowledge to help facilitate education for children in conflict and post-conflict zones around the world.
It takes a special kind of person to engage in even thinking about this line of work, and we are extremely proud to know that this young lady – definitely a ‘future leader’ is graduating from our school this year. All the very best, Michaela! It’s been a pleasure to have been part of your journey!
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 2016/17 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 2017 Leaders of Tomorrow.