Optimist Club Award Local Youth

The Port Colborne Optimist Club recently presented Ms. Allison Vello with the Youth Appreciation Award on June 5/2019, at their monthly meeting.

Vello who is 12,  is a grade six student at Oakwood School in Port Colborne. She was nominated by the grade eight teacher Mr. Wilson who expressed in great detail how Vello continues to go above and beyond to dedicate her time to community service, local groups, and activities, as well as her academics.

Over the past two years, Vello has been a member of the Port Colborne Operatic Society as a cast member in the Wizard of Oz and Once Upon a Mattress. She is also a member of the Drama camp held by the City of Port Colborne. Here in this environment, she is able to express her passion and appreciation of the arts.

Each year for the past four years, you could find Vello assisting at the Christian Life Assembly Church where she helps sort food for the annual Port Colborne Lions Food Drive.  Vello is also a member of the Port Colborne Rocks Group. Here she paints rocks with positive messages on them. The rocks are then placed around the community to inspire and provide positive messages to whomever finds them. Vello also supports the Gardening Club in Port Colborne. This is a club operated by the City of Port Colborne, who donated 2 plots of land, where young kids can learn the skills of gardening, planting, watering, growing and harvesting healthy vegetables.

Vello can also be found each spring at H. H. Knoll Park and Nickel Beach gathering up any loose garbage and helping to keep theses areas neat and clean for locals and tourists alike to enjoy. She is an active member of the Girl Guides Organization for six years with Sparks and Brownies. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and has taken part in Roselawn’s Little Chefs cooking class to learn more about her passion.

Vello’s biggest accomplishment to date is with the District School Board of Niagara’s annual Heritage Fair. For the past three years, Vello has contributed a project to the fair. The first two projects were on Girl Guides and the other on Inuit Culture. Her research and history of the Ojibwe won her a medal from the Inuit Heritage Society for recognizing their culture. This past April her project on Crystal Beach Amusement Park earned her the first-ever Turner Clark Historical Enthusiast Award. The Turner Clarke Historical Enthusiast Award is in honour of a young man who exemplifies outstanding passion and commitment to the exploration of Canadian History through the Ontario Heritage Fair Program. Along with this award, Vello earned a spot amongst only 69 other children (out of 1000 nominations) at the Regional Heritage Fair at the Scotiabank Centre in Niagara Falls. From there she was one of six chosen to attend Provincials this past weekend in Toronto at York University. With all of this, she is now a Young Citizen nominee through the Ontario Heritage Association. In order to be nominated Vello had to make a 3-4 minute video on her Heritage Fair topic, Crystal Beach Amusement Park. If Vello receives enough votes she will go on to Ottawa where she would visit the Governor General’s house. Voting begins on June 11/2019.

You can vote for Allison Vello here: http://kids.canadashistory.ca/Kids/YoungCitizens/Profiles/2019/Allison-V



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