YourTV Youth Achievement Awards now open

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By Nick Seebruch
YourTV Youth Achievement Awards now open
Haleema Chaudry, Difference Maker Grade 11-12 Winner. Submitted photo.

CORNWALL, Ontario – YourTV Cornwall and the Optimist Club of Cornwall are partnering again to present the annual Youth Achievement Awards.

The awards recognize regional students who have made a difference at their community.

Nominations can be made in three categories across four grade groups: At My Best , Giving Back, and Kindness is Cool – Grades 4 to 6, 7 to 8, 9 to 10 and 11 to 12.

“This is truly my favourite event of the year,” said Optimist Club of Cornwall Past President Terry Muir. “Our members also look forward to it, and we fundraise throughout the year for prizes. The Optimist Club is all about serving youth in our community, and what better way than to recognize those making a difference in our community?”

Nominees must live in Cornwall, South Glengarry, or South Stormont. Nominations can be submitted online on the Optimist Club of Cornwall website at

The deadline for nominations is May 6.

“This means so much to the youths that we recognize,” said YourTV Producer Gabriel Riviere-Reid. “What surprised me last year is, yes the kids were excited about the tablet, but many were even more thrilled with the certificates from the MP and MPP. These are often kids who aren’t getting these sorts of honours and fan-fare on a regular basis.”

Award Descriptions

Kindness Is Cool – Nominees will have performed a service or act of kindness, acts of heroism, support or encouragement of a friend, family, neighbour, or stranger with no personal gain for themselves. This could be ongoing or a onetime service to an individual, group or community.

At My Best – Nominees will have achieved a level of performance beyond what might have been expected. Achieving a top performance overall or performance to the best of their ability. This can be in any area including academics, athletics, music, art, writing, and drama.

Giving Back – Volunteers are the lifeblood of many non-profit organizations and fundraising efforts. Nominees will have given back to their community by volunteering their time for a cause in an exceptional manner or being a key driver in a fundraising campaign. Causes can be but are not limited to:

  • ENVIRONMENTAL (addressing environmental issues, pollution, carbon footprint awareness)
  • INCLUSIVITY (supporting disabilities of all kinds, creating inclusive environments – ex: mental and physical health, LGBQT, Reconciliation, Black Lives Matter, all other races and religions etc.)
  • SUPPORTING A CAUSE (Bullying, Racism, Homelessness, etc.)

Selection process

• A Selection Committee consisting of community leaders will review each nomination and select the recipients.

• All decisions made by the Selection Committee are final.

• Submissions will not be accepted after the nomination deadline.

• Information gathered through the nomination process will be used to: develop a profile of each nominee, celebrate the nominees, and promote the event.

Recognition process

  • Recipients and their nominators will be notified in writing and invited to attend the televised awards ceremony. Tentative date, Saturday, June 9th, 2022, at The Optimist Club, 301 Sunnyside Ave, time to be determined.
  • Nominators, nominees and their families will receive complimentary tickets to attend a pre-show reception.
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