Award Presenters 2018
Senior Manager, Rogers Media Inc.
She is a part of many student-led organizations promoting social awareness and leadership, she holds a part-time job in the evenings while maintaining an honors average in this, her last year of high school! She is the president of the school’s Debate Club where she represented her high school in the Provincial competition in Ottawa. She led a team of high school students in an Arts initiative called “ELEVATE” to help encourage The Arts within the Peel community, giving a multitude of high school students the opportunity to compete for prizes and dance scholarships. A Grade 12 student attending the International Business and Technology Program at North Park Secondary School in the Brampton.
She is also the Event Coordinator on Brampton Centennial’s DECA Executive team and has been a part of the Student Activities Council as a Grade Representative, Secretary and Vice President. She has been acknowledged with The Bob Lagerquist Rookie of the Year Award for most outstanding contribution in her first year of high school as well as the DECA Regional Event Finalist in the category of Hospitality and Lodging Management. We welcome Mariam Varghis, a Grade 12 student attending Centennial Secondary School in Brampton
Outside of maintaining an honours average, she has involved herself with rep soccer with the Brams United Girls Soccer Club and represented her middle school on a plethora of sports teams including senior girls soccer, basketball, football and floor hockey. She was the president of her middle school’s anti-bullying awareness group called TTC [A Time to Change] where she would lead classroom presentations by working with students on spreading important messages and awareness on social justice issues and school-wide anti-bullying campaigns.
Outside of maintaining an honours average, she has represented her middle school on countless extracurricular activities such as working with teachers on the school’s Athletic Council, earning a spot on the Senior Girl’s Basketball Team and assisting as an office administrator. She also worked with the school’s Climate Committee, helping to break down the stigmas associated with mental health and building more awareness by leading social media campaigns related to mental health issues. She also worked with the school’s media department to develop a mental health awareness video which was eventually picked up by the Canadian Mental Health Association.
In addition to maintaining an honors average, Binalpreet has involved herself with an overabundant amount of school-wide extra curriculars such as representing her high school on the Junior Girls Basketball and Volleyball Teams, the Varsity Lacrosse Team and is trying out for Ultimate Frisbee and Softball teams. She also represents Central Peel high school on their FRC Robotics Team where she is focusing on marketing and mechanical/CAD development while building her knowledge in engineering within this fast growing field. Binalpreet has been the recipient of numerous awards such as the Ontario Principal's and Leadership Award, Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest award, she has 2 poems published in poetry anthology through the Young Writers of Poetry Institute of Canada (2017 & 2018), and her self directed short film was selected for Peel’s Film Festival at Cineplex Canada. Most recently, Binalpreet had the honour of representing her Grade 8 cohort as Valedictorian, the list goes on and on and on.
Harleen works hard to maintain an honors average coupling her heavy academic workload with participation in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. She currently holds an Executive Artist position for IBMC combined with her involvement with a nationwide STEM Fellowship. She also has an interest in sports evidenced through her selections on her high school’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams, for which she was awarded MVP and nominated as Athlete of the Year! She has been the recipient of many awards including a 3rd place finish at ROPSSAA for Track and Field and a 1st place prize in a middle school public speaking contest. Her work on raising awareness on Social Justice issues is also equally as impressive. She helped develop her middle school’s anti-bullying initiative, TTC [A Time to Change]; many of our students who are present this evening have involved themselves with this very same initiative that Harleen was responsible to kick-start. She hopes to one day to create her own company that participates in the innovation of technologies in the fields of medicine and engineering.