With a love for storytelling, Marissa Dick found a way to carry her passion into the community. In 2015, Marissa launched the Shadow Box Legacy Project. This is an initiative that involves hand crafting shadow boxes for residents in senior care facilities. Marissa started this project in an effort to help seniors reconnect with lost memories. To date, she has created 90 shadow boxes while working in partnership with senior care facilities. Marissa is also active in her school community. As the Secretary of the Kiwanis Key Club, she helps support the community through volunteer activities and fundraisers. Through her involvement with Link Leaders, Marissa mentors grade 9 students as they transition to high school. In the community, Marissa has volunteered with Imani Orphan Care Foundation and Seeds of Hope Children’s Ministry since 2014. Marissa is also an athlete, playing rugby, basketball and volleyball in her senior year. Marissa plans to become a nurse and will begin her post-secondary education at the University of the Fraser Valley in September.
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Unlock your Future Scholarships!
$500 UYF Scholarship Recipient: Marissa Dick
$250 UYF Scholarship Recipient: Simren Panghli
$250 UYF Scholarship Recipient: Sydney Fetterly
Simren Panghli began volunteering at the Nicola Valley and District Food Bank in 2012. After seeing the shortage of volunteers and the need for donations, Simren founded Helping Hands in July 2016. The food bank has slow months, where there is a lack of donations and a shortage of food, so Helping Hands collects donations to help year-round. After establishing connections throughout the community, Helping Hands has collected over 500lbs of food this year alone. In 2017, Simren was the recipient of the Scotiabank Youth Award. This came along with a $2500 donation to a charity of her choice: her local food bank. Outside of Helping Hands, Simren and her brother spearheaded a breakfast program for students who are unable to have a meal at home before coming to school. Simren has also been involved with theSmart Step Youth Association since 2014 as well as a member of her school’s We Care Club and Link Crew. Simren will begin studies at Thompson Rivers University in the fall.
Sydney Fetterly has carried her love for athletics into her school community. As a founding member of the Physical Education Leadership program at her school, she has co-coordinated events ranging from a school-wide triathlon to intramurals. Sydney also founded the Mock Olympics and served as a leader for the Rwanda Basketball Tournament. The funds raised from the latter funded the construction of a basketball court at the Rwamagana Lutheran School in Rwanda. With a passion for connecting students with sports, Sydney has served as a program leader with PE classes at a local middle school. She designs and facilitates lessons for students in grades 6 to 8, helping them develop physical literacy and a love for sports. An active athlete herself, Sydney is an accomplished basketball player and will continue as a member of the varsity team at Vancouver Island University where she will begins studies in the Sciences this fall.