Friday, May 04, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Youth of the Year Awards

Youth of the Year 2018 winners Liam Warren (senior) and Emily Dormody (junior)

The Youth of the Year winners were awarded at City Hall during a Youth Week Luncheon on Friday, May 4. Congratulations to all nominees and winners Emily Dormody and Liam Warren on their invaluable contributions to our community.

Junior Youth of the Year – Emily Dormody
Emily Dormody, a grade nine student at St. Paul’s Junior High, is an outstanding academic, leader, dancer, actor, musician and volunteer. Emily has extensively volunteered her time at school through the student leadership team, leading the morning announcements, coordinating dances, helps with parent teacher interviews and the school bulletin board.
 
In the community Emily volunteers at the Vanier chess club, The Gathering Place, with Best Kind Productions and for the Downtown Christmas Parade.
 
Emily fundraises for many charities including We Walk for Water, We are Silent, Ronald McDonald House, SPCA, Coats for Kids, Iris Kirby House, Mia's Mission, Dance Teachers Association of Newfoundland Fundraiser, and Nevaeh’s Lemonade Stand.
 
Emily also finds time to participate in musicals, Duke of Edinburgh program, Kiwanis Music Festival in both voice and piano, and chess at regionals and provincial competitions. At school Emily is also active on the improv team that has won numerous awards, the school basketball team and is part of the WE School organization, attended the WE Day leadership event, and Night of Inspiration event, in Halifax.
 
Emily is an exemplary student and role model for others. Her teachers say her infectious personality and kind nature is a bright light in school. Emily has set the bar high for any age group with her strong leadership qualities, athletic, musical, and academic abilities, and most of all, her genuine desire to help others.
 
 
Senior Youth of the Year – Liam Warren
Liam Warren is a grade 12 student at Waterford Valley High and for the past three years has been on the Principal’s List, maintaining above 90 per cent grade average.
 
Liam is an outstanding student who is quite involved in his school as an executive member of the student government and serving on the school council, is involved with the school mental health committee, is involved in the fine arts program, and attended the provincial Student Leadership Conference. Liam has organized spirit week sporting events and a Movember fundraiser for prostate cancer, and this past winter organized a tribute rugby game to remember teacher Danny King who passed away suddenly in 2016.
 
Liam is also very involved in community including TedX Youth Talks, the Rugby Union of Newfoundland and Labrador, is a youth representative on his parish council and served on the Youth Council for federal Minister of Veteran Affairs Seamus O’Regan.
 
“Liam is one of the strongest student leaders I have worked with,” says his principal Ms. Ricketts. “At such a young age Liam has an excellent record of leadership but more than that he is a genuine person who truly cares about people, his school and his community. He sees what needs to be done and puts himself out there to bring about solutions for positive change.”