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20 UNDER 20: Morgan Leung
When 17-year-old Morgan Leung looks to the future she sees a job that involves helping others. That’s unsurprising given her extensive charitable work and philanthropic efforts. The Grade 12 Southpointe Academy student in Tsawwassen was recently named one of three national finalists for Free the Children’s Me to We Award for youth work and volunteering.
That list of work includes volunteering to teach at Free Flight Dance Studio in Ladner, a fundraising campaign entitled Bracelets for Baby Food that donated over 1,200 jars of baby food to the South Delta Food Bank, and fundraising for both the B.C. and Yukon Chapters of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, to name but a few.
“I think helping others is kind of ingrained into me,” says Morgan. “My parents both volunteered a lot so watching them do it when I was younger it’s kind of like I took after them.”
When she graduates from Southpointe she intends to study international development and global studies at university with an eye toward working for the United Nations or the Canadian International Development Agency. In October, Morgan will be a VIP Youth Ambassador at We Day’s Free the Children event in Arizona, a charity devoted to assisting both the environment and local children. She says she enjoys hands-on work where she can see the results of her efforts materialize before her eyes.
“I want to just get down and get to know everyone and help them and learn from them,” she says. “It just makes you feel better, too.”