At the age of 12, Marie Abbott became appalled when she learned
about the horrific plight of child soldiers.
Her interest soon developed into a passion for
raising awareness and taking action on children's rights issues.
Marie coordinated activities to raise $6,000 to build a school in
war torn Sierra Leone and $3,000 to support a children's centre in
Marie is involved in Free the Children and
Amnesty International and is a member of the Foster Parents Plan
Youth Advisory Council.
Now 16, she has traveled to Norway, Italy, Mexico and Brazil to
learn more about international development and to
Tanzania as a grand prize winner of CIDA's
butterfly 208 contest.
Miles Robert Aronson,
Miles Aronson is a compassionate
young man who not only had a vision but has proven that he also
has the insight, drive and tenacity to see it to fruition.
Three years ago, Miles
established Spread the Love whose mission is to inspire and
recruit youth so that they may lead their own communities in
providing hundreds of sandwiches to the homeless and hungry on a
monthly basis. To date, his organization has provided over 13 000
Spread the Love is now poised for
national expansion through the distribution of its comprehensive
'How to Manual.'
His effective idea has been
featured in numerous newspaper and Web site articles. Miles also
has been sponsored to attend and exhibit at several fairs and
Miles' commitment and results
have not gone unnoticed. He has received a 2004/2005 Service
Award and has been nominated to receive the Premier's Citizenship
Coleman, Prince Edward Island
In 2003, Melanie Bell wrote, illustrated and self-published a 96
page bilingual poetry book, "Tears for the World". 100% of the
proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to Farmers Helping
Farmers, a PEI based organization that assists farmers in Africa
through agricultural means.
As a result of the proceeds from Melanie's book, a farm family and
their neighbours in Kenya no longer has to pay for drinking water
because they now have a new water tank that catches the sporadic
In 2005, Melanie also wrote, illustrated and self-published a
second poetry book "Fire in the Sky", where a portion of the
proceeds is donated to a local literacy organization.
Melanie has led projects in her 4-H club for the past two
years. She has also helped coordinate a Special Olympics program
for children with cognitive challenges in her area.
Motivated to help her 9 year old cousin who has an autism spectrum
disorder to learn to spell and read, Kayla Cornale invented
"Sounds and SyllablesT", a teaching system which applies the
musical component of 'pitch' to the process of learning language.
Through extensive research, Kayla discovered that autistic
children have an apparent talent for tone and pitch recognition.
As a result of her invention, she was one of 19 students invited
to represent Canada at the 2005 and 2006 Intel International
Science and Engineering Fairs which were held in Arizona and
In 2005 she was awarded the Intel Foundation Achievement
Award and in 2006 she received a first place award in the Behavioural Science category.