Each year CBC Manitoba creates a list of 40 Manitobans who are under 40 and working to make our province better for future generations. This year, École secondaire Oak Park High School’s Skylar Ferguson and Institute Collégial Vincent Massey's Simryn Singh have made the finalist list.
Skylar is only 17, but despite her young age, is already making a huge impact on her community.
The grade 12 student created a campaign to bring Christmas to Churchill last year. The northern Manitoba town became isolated after rail service was cut off. With the help of Oak Park’s Social Justice Committee, Skylar collected 4,200 pounds of food, 300 toys and $5,000 in gift cards to go towards buying fresh produce.
Her efforts received support and attention from politicians and media. Even the Premier of Manitoba personally thanked Skylar by awarding her the 2018 Premier's Youth Volunteer Service Award.
This young philanthropist continues to inspire both her teachers and her peers. Skylar has now started a new project called Sport the North. The idea is to collect new and gently used sports equipment for Northern communities. The teenager is passionate about sports, and truly believes that being active can help promote positive mental health. Anyone wanting to donate can contribute through a Go Fund Me Page.
Read the full CBC story.
CBC describes Simryn as a “power house” who gives as much as she can to make her community a better place. The 17 year old has dedicated countless hours volunteering for organizations such as Agape Table, Winnipeg Harvest and RaY Inc.
Inspired to do even more, Simyrn has started her own charity called Langar Seva Winnipeg, which aims to feed Winnipeg’s homeless. She is the president of the Vincent Massey’s Key Club and is always helping to organize events for various charities. Her latest endeavors include a fundraiser to raise awareness about gender-based violence, and a mission to raise money for a home in India for girls. She was the 2018 recipient of the United Way Community Builder Award.
Congratulations Skylar and Simryn. Our Board and Senior Administration team are incredibly proud of both your dedication and desire to help others.
Watch CBC's Now or Never story on Simryn.