Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 12:20 p.m.
VCI student wins Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers
Madeleine Fortin received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, one of the highest honours anyone who does volunteer work in Canada can earn.
Fortin, a grade 12 student at Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute (VCI), shook hands with Craig Kielburger (see photo), co-founder of We Charity, during the February 11 award presentation ceremony in Montréal as part of the We Day celebration. The Sovereign’s Medal is presented by the Governor General of Canada and recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians across the country and honours their dedication and commitment to helping others.
“It’s kind of unbelievable,” said Fortin. “I wasn’t expecting it because it’s not the reason I [volunteer], but it’s a great honour to be recognized.”
The VCI student earned her honour for a variety of volunteer work she does through the VCI Interact/Me to We Club and through local charities.
An honours student at VCI, with a 94.5 per cent grade average, Fortin has done 232 hours of community service through her school since Grade 9. That includes a card-writing campaign and bake sale for the Veterans Transition Network in 2015, a book sale last November for Child Haven International to raise funds to provide textbooks to orphans in India, Bangladesh, and Tibet, and one of the driving forces behind three We Scare Hunger food drives at VCI to help supply food banks in Vankleek Hill and Hawkesbury.
She also founded a school magazine giving students journalism opportunities and has helped in past at the Champlain Library.
This is the second award for community work that Fortin has received this school year. In the fall, the school presented her with the VCI Excellence in Character and Citizenship Award.