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Student volunteer honoured

Apr 23, 2010

The Hillfield Strathallan College student is the winner of The Hamilton Spectator's first SpecKids Unlimited Award.

Spectator publisher Dana Robbins presented the award at Volunteer Hamilton's 2010 Community Builders Breakfast at Carmen's Banquet Centre yesterday.

The award recognizes someone who plays a long-term leadership role in improving the quality of life of children and youth.

Malik, social action steering committee co-ordinator at Hillfield Strathallan, has organized fundraising efforts for a number of projects, and through the Settlement and Integration Services Organization, she and a group of students meet once a week with refugee youth to teach them English and help them adjust to Canada.

"Volunteering helps me understand who I am and what I want to be, " Malik told the audience.

She said the reward comes when she sees a person's joy as he or she grasps what she is trying to explain.

Other nominees for the award were Jim Marino, host of the Freewheelin' Folk Show on CFMU 93.3, for contributing his time to help various musicians and raise money for SpecKids Unlimited; and Stella Woock, a retired nurse, tireless children's advocate and neighbourhood fixer.

Paul Johnson, the executive director of Wesley Urban Ministries and member of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, received the first annual Alumni Volunteer Award from alumni of the Bay Area Leadership Council.

The award honours a graduate of the community leadership program who has been a catalyst for positive change.

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