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Abbotsford Youth Commission presents URoc Awards
The Abbotsford Youth Commission (AYC) presented its annual URoc Awards to several groups and individuals on Wednesday afternoon.
The event took place at the AYC youth centre at Abbotsford Recreation Centre and was followed by a community appreciation ice cream social.
The awards have been presented since 2002 in three categories: Youth Awards, Youth Friendly Adult Awards, and Youth Friendly Businesses and Organizations.
Each honoree was given a certificate and a painted rock.
The Youth Awards recipients were Ariel Ceresney, a teen mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters; Charanpreet Mahal and Gurmeen Banipal, volunteers with Abbotsford Community Services; Farhan Ibrahim, a volunteer with Central Abbotsford Community School; and Rachel Bae, who volunteers at Menno Place.
Youth Friendly Adult Awards went to:
• city councillor Patricia Ross (photo at left) for her role in mentoring young people involved with the AYC youth council;
• Simone Maassen for her work with the Youth Resource Centre;
• Lisa Steinbach, a volunteer at Cyrus Centre, a drop-in facility for at-risk youth; and
• Steve Carlton and Jim Callaghan for their work with the Clearbrook Kiwanis Club.
Youth Friendly Business Awards were presented to:
• WestJet for supporting charities that work with children and youth; and
• SippChai Cafe and owner Jas Anand, who volunteers as a youth mentor with Abbotsford Community Services and offers a youth-friendly workplace.