The Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award strives not only to recognize the dozen or so outstanding young people who will be the recipients of awards, but also to give deserving recognition in their own communities to hundreds of others who represent ‘good kids’. To achieve this, everyone nominated receives a certificate of congratulations.There are two Sikh youth nominated for Ontario Junior Citizen Of The Year.
Since 1981, the prestigious Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards Program has recognized the best of Ontario’s youth.
Sarabjot Anand, 16
Anand was nominated for his involvement in community service. An energetic and enthusiastic young man, with much academic success, he has demonstrated leadership, team spirit, initiative and creativity. He has volunteered for a number of organizations and to date has accumulated over 800 volunteer hours. He is the Flight Sergeant in 758 Argus Squadron Air Cadets, and is an active volunteer with the EnergySmart Program and sits on the executive youth council as vice president. He has been a key organizer in the TD Shoreline Cleanup campaign. In his spare time, he collects and refurbishes computers for the Share IT program.
Guneet Brar, 17
Brar was nominated for her involvement in community service. She is described as a stand-out individual who balances community work with her duties at school and home. She has been involved on the Brampton Teen Library Council, where only 15 students are selected to advise the library on teen issues and concerns. She is an active volunteer at William Osler Health Centre, where she had rotated through several different areas including feeding patients and raising funds for the Brampton Civic Hospital. She also gives her time at Tall Pines Long Term Centre every Sunday, and at her temple, she assist in the kitchen. In her free time, she learned how to knit hats and donated them to the Hospital for Sick Kids.