Young Townships Leader Award

Special by Lyssa Paquette – Townshippers’ Association strongly encourages our youth to become culturally, socially and economically involved in their community. The Young Townships Leader Award (YTLA) allows us to recognize the actions and initiatives carried out by young people and celebrate their outstanding involvement.

Established in 2005, this high-profile award is bestowed on community-minded young leaders who serve as role models to other youth as well as to adults through the unique and meaningful contributions they bring to our English-speaking community.

Last years highly deserving recipients included: Michael Durrant, a Champlain College biology professor who stood up for his community by leading an initiative to save a historic 160 year old hydroelectric dam; Jessica Wilson, for her involvement with youth and serving as an active community leader; and Champlain College students James Lamarre and Madhiha Taseen who shared an award for their volunteer and leadership efforts within the school community.

This year one winner will be chosen to receive the YTLA , which includes a beautifully framed certificate, as well as a $1,000 cash prize, made possible by sponsor donations. The recipient will be honoured alongside recipients of the Outstanding Townshippers Awards as part of a special Opening Ceremonies marking the 34th annual Townshippers’ Day celebration this September 14, 2013.

Do you know a young person or group of persons whose actions and endeavours in their community demonstrate leadership? Are you looking for a way to encourage their efforts and honour their contribution? Then nominate your exceptional young leader for the 2013 YTLA!

Candidates must be between the ages of 15 and 35 and have carried out actions or initiatives demonstrating leadership within the Townships English-speaking community over the past two years (Jan. 1, 2011 – Mar. 1, 2013). Nominators can not be members of the nominee’s immediate family.

To be considered for the 2013 YTLA nominations must be received by 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Forms and additional information can be found online at (click on the Awards button), or by contacting either of Townshippers’ offices at the coordinates below.

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Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption:   The 2012 Young Townships Leaders Awards recipients included Michael Durrant, Jessica Wilson, James Lamarre and Madhiha Taseen who all highlighted the dynamism and involvement of the young members of our community. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 edition.