A 14-year-old École McTavish Junior High Public School student is receiving the countries highest volunteer recognition.
Krish Shah was presented with the “Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers” from Governor General’s Office for his work helping the community which included being a co-founder of EcoYOLO – a group focused on helping re-plant trees lost in the wildfire.
He was in Calgary on Monday where ME to WE Founder Craig Kielburger presented the award to the grade 9 student.
Krish’s teacher and EcoYOLO supervisor Robynn Moody nominated him, keeping the award a secret just before his name was announced at the award ceremony.
“This was exhilarating! That’s the only word I can use,” said Krish, in a release. “I was nervous, but it was great to get the medal from Craig Kielberger, my role model. He has a vision to make the world better, and so do I.”
“He is truly an exemplary leader in our community. I made it my mission to ensure the story of Eco YOLO, and Krish’s leadership was recognized and worked with my WE School’s coordinator to identify a way to acknowledge his work,” added Moody.
Last year, Krish along with EcoYOLO’s other co-founders Chintan Desai, and Rafiu Mostafa helped encourage over 200 students to re-plant trees in Saprae Creek.