Youth Awards


The City of Vancouver's Awards of Excellence highlight individual residents, businesses and community groups for their efforts across five platforms: diversity and inclusion, environmentalism, accessibility, volunteerism and health activism. Each grouping highlights individual, group and youth awards.


Recipients are nominated by the public, vetted via a peer review committee and confirmed by council members who assess influence, impact and achievements.


Thursday’s youth winners included:


Mayor’s Achievement Award

Youth: Marpole Students for Modular Housing

The Sir Winston Churchill Secondary school students have supported modular housing for homeless people in their neighbourhood, staged rallies and encouraged conversation among the many competing voices in the area.


Civic Volunteer Award

Youth: Nushaiba Nanjiba

Nanjiba is a Grade 11 student at Britannia secondary school with who’s involved with all manners of extracurricular, volunteer and advocacy work. She’s a member of the LEO Club, the youth branch of the Lions Club, along with programs like programs that promote female empowerment like the Girls+ Got Game and Skater Girls+ Nushaiba.


Diversity and Inclusion Award

Youth: Shivani Mysuria

The UBC microbiology major has founded several volunteer programs designed to welcome new Canadians and ensure that homeless, immigrant and refugee families feel acknowledged in the community.


Greenest City Leadership Award

Youth: Maggie Fong

Fong volunteers in the areas food security and sustainability, gardening, local food and food justice. Her involvement in school programs and with the Collingwood Neighbourhood House amplifies youth voices in the food sustainability movement.


Healthy City for All Award

Youth: Ellen Sy

Sy is a student activist, volunteer peer tutor. and president of the BC Federation of Canadian Secondary Student. She is the founder of a national organization that matches ambitious students from low-income backgrounds with prestigious internships and has been a driving force in trying to narrow the access gap for youth.