Vic Park students honoured with awards and gifts during Daytona Cares Day

By Garrett Simmons

Lethbridge School District No. 51

Communications Officer

Nine Victoria Park High School students were honoured Wednesday afternoon in a special awards ceremony in the Board Room at The Education Centre.

The students received awards and gifts as part of Daytona Cares Day. Staff from Daytona Homes Lethbridge Ltd. recognized Victoria Park’s Maddie MacDonald, Nadilie Merrick, Danika Norton, Julie Hofer, Louis Day Chief, Bronwyn Young Pine, Melinda Bowns, Josie Garden and Nash Epp.

Victoria Park principal Ian Lowe said that while students receive recognition around the school every so often, it is of particular importance for them to be recognized by the community as well. Lowe added the awards for students, which recognized personal growth, leadership within their school, overcoming challenges or simply achieving their goals, demonstrated students’ ability to persevere.

“Each of you have done that, and set personal goals for yourself and you have grown because of that,” said Lowe, who encouraged the students to set their standards high as they head out into the world. “I want you to go home and look in the mirror and recognize the goods things you have done and the positive role models you have become for other kids.”

Daytona Homes general manager Guy Bellis, and a number of his staff members, handed out the awards for students, which included girts such as laptops, to assist the students in their day-to-day lives and prepare for what comes next after high school.

“We wanted to have an opportunity to give back to students who are doing the best they can under the circumstances they have encountered,” said Bellis. “We knew once we had our first meeting with principal Ian, that Vic Park students were the ones we wanted to give back to. A favourite saying of ours is that you can’t control your circumstances, you can only respond to them, and it’s these kids that we are here to recognize today who have done some outstanding things to better themselves and their peers.
Each year during Daytona Cares Day, the entire Daytona Homes staff unite and give back to the local communities the company works.

“This special day focuses on volunteering our time, skills and hearts to a variety of different charitable and community programs in each city,” said Daytona’s Candice Halma. “ ‘Communities’ is one of Daytona Homes’ core values, and this day speaks to that value. We are so fortunate to have the success we do as a company, and this is a way that we can share that success with those communities that have helped us grow to where we are today.”

Bellis added it is his hope the Victoria Park students recognized on Wednesday head out into the world, and make it a better place, something he encouraged everyone in the audience to consider.

“What can you do to make a difference in one person’s life, not only during the holiday season but each day?” he asked. “The great part is that it doesn’t take much to make a different in someone’s life, and the result you may find is that our community becomes a better place to live.”

Date posted: Dec. 13, 2017

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