Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022 $500 Unlock your Future Scholarships!
Caleb brings light to his community. Since he was three years old, Caleb has been going to BC Children’s Hospital three times a week to spend a few minutes at a time in an ultraviolet lightbox to treat his lymphoma. Through Project Lightbox, which he founded in grade 9, Caleb shines a light into the darkness for children who are experiencing challenges. Caleb designs a Lego structure with instructions and packages the necessary pieces into a set. To date, Caleb has donated over 300 Lego sets to the YMCA, Global Aid Network (GAiN), BC Children’s Hospital and Richmond Hospital Pediatric Unit. Caleb expanded Project Lightbox to include Lego workshops which he has hosted at the YMCA for those in need. Since its launch, Caleb has collected over 100,000 pieces of Lego donations and raised over $4500 on behalf of Project Lightbox. Caleb will begin his degree at the School of Interactive Arts and Technologies at Simon Fraser University in September.
Sanne inspires social change, connection and joy through music. A violinist since age five, music has been a constant through Sanne’s life. As the Concertmaster of the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra, Sanne took on responsibilities not only as a performer but also as a mentor to younger musicians. Recognizing that there are financial barriers in place that prevent youth from pursuing music, Sanne founded Heavens Helping Hand (HHH). Through HHH, Sanne has raised nearly $7000 for music related causes. This included coordinating a fundraiser concert benefiting the Bakerview Music Academy (BMA), a non-profit society offering free music lessons. A music teacher herself, both with BMA and through her own business, Sanne has frequently volunteered and offered free lessons to families who could otherwise not afford them. She has also donated an instrument, bow and case to a student in need. Sanne will be pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales.
An advocate and an athlete, Fania has made waves both in her community and on the court. A competitive basketball player, Fania has logged over 1000 playing hours during her high school career alone. She not only shines as a player, but also as a teammate. Fania has shared her love for the sport by enriching her athletic community through various initiatives ranging from volunteer coaching to launching team fundraisers. Beyond basketball, Fania leads the Diversity Club and coordinated events in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. This included spearheading a Gallery Walk which featured iconic Black Canadians and founding the first Black Shirt Day in the history of her school. Fania channeled her community spirit into entrepreneurial endeavours when she created her own business where she provides hair services to Black youth and young adoptees who may be struggling with their hair journeys. In September, Fania will begin studies at the University of Ottawa in the Human Kinetics program.