Local ‘ambassador’ wins award for work on Our Canada Project

June 24, 2014

Tanya Nestoruk’s work with young people as an ambassador for the Our Canada Project won her an award and an invitation to perform the same service in September.

Tanya Nestoruk performed so well as an ambassador for the Our Canada Project (OCP) that she’s won an award and been invited to be an ambassador again in September.

Nestoruk got the good news in an email from Amanda Palumbo, project coordinator for Learning for a Sustainable Future at York University. It was there that the Our Canada Project was developed to help youth put into action their vision for a better Canada.

She was chosen from among 26 ambassadors across the country to receive the award, a Canadian travel adventure valued at $1,500.

“Your diverse and numerous presentations, media coverage, bookmark idea, photos, and enthusiasm to carry this to several community groups both in your province as well as remotely in the fall has made you the winner of this OCP Ambassador award,”

Palumbo wrote.

Nestoruk met with different groups such as students and members of youth service organizations earlier this year to encourage them to get involved in a nation-wide effort to build a sustainable future.

She was “absolutely thrilled and honoured” to receive the award but “even more excited about” resuming her role as ambassador.

“I’m so glad I was able to reach out to so many youth and promote sustainability in my region. It was an incredible journey throughout the spring to deliver presentations to various schools and community groups in Eastern

Ontario, on the Our Canada Project, promoting action plans empowering others to make Canada more sustainable.” Nestoruk spoke to a wide range of groups, which proved “both challenging and exciting,” in coming up with new games, crafts and activities that were appropriate for the age of her listeners. “One of my favourite activities was creating murals on nonbleached recycled mural paper, brainstorming ideas as a group” on contributions youth have made and will continue to make to “social, economic, cultural and environmental action.” she said. “Everyone worked together to illustrate their ideas on the paper (which) went over great.”

Teachers posted the murals in their classrooms and the Girl Guides even posted one in their local library.

“It is so wonderful to see youth inspiring other youth to take action on sustainability,” said Nestoruk, who just graduated from the University of Guelph with honours in environmental governance.

She gave “special thanks” to the Campbellford-Seymour Community Foundation for publicizing the position.

“I’m glad we have such great organizations spreading wonderful opportunities throughout the community,” she said.

View the original story written by John Campbell from Insidebelleville.