Amelia Gray is committed to empowering women and protecting the environment. The roots of those passions came from Girl Guides, which she has been involved with since 2006. Amelia has contributed in a multitude of ways from mentoring younger members to organizing environmental initiatives. Last year. Amelia co-founded a Women Empowerment Group at Pender Harbour Secondary. This served as a safe place for students to connect while providing resources on subjects including healthy relationships, self-love and consent. In her community, Amelia serves as a PODS Champion, representing youth for the new Pender Harbour Ocean Discovery centre. In this role, she promotes programs and initiatives for the marine science centre and is also involved with the PODS long-term monitoring program. In September, Amelia will be pursuing Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria.
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 Unlock your Future Scholarships!
Tatiana Hochstetter is an active student leader. With a commitment to nurturing an inclusive school environment, Tatiana contributed to Sardis Secondary in a variety of ways ranging from serving as Vice President of the KEY Club to mentoring students as a Link Leader. Last fall, Tatiana founded Sardis’ Ride Against Cancer, an indoor cycling event to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer. Tatiana coordinated and managed six committees as the team worked together to launch this initiative. 114 students, teachers and community members participated in this event which raised $8100 for childhood cancer. Tatiana has also been a competitive swimmer with the Chilliwack Stingrays Swing Club for nine years and volunteers with Chilliwack Special Olympics Swimming. With aspirations to work in education as a principal or teacher, Tatiana will begin her post-secondary education at the University of British Columbia in September.
Nathan Head’s passion for space is palpable. With an interest in rocketry, Nathan dove into the world of 3D printing and has designed and built over ten rockets. Nathan has shared his passion with the community, from speaking at TEDx Youth about his rocketry experience and space exploration to founding his school’s first Rocket Club. For the latter, Nathan taught fellow students how to build their own rockets and members created a rocket capable of going 800ft. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nathan used his experience with 3D printing to give back to the community. Through the use of both his school’s 3D printers and his own, Nathan created 400 ear-savers and 1000 face shield clips. Nathan is also an accomplished rock climber and has represented British Columbia at five youth Nationals. In the fall, Nathan will begin studies in the Faculty of Engineering at UBC.