Youth Prize sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
The Community Spirit Youth Award recognizes a youth or group (18 and under) who has made a positive contribution to enriching the quality of life in Oakville.
Kusha, Shirani and Sarah Yasini are the recipients of the Community Spirit Youth Award sponsored by RBC Royal Bank.
Kusha is a compassionate young man with a true community spirit.
At 9, he decided to raise funds for sick children by making and selling comic books at school. He is now 16 years old and has been very involved in the Oakville community through his volunteer and leadership activities, completing over 1,000 hours of service.
As a park ambassador from the age of 10, Kusha cleaned up neighborhood trails and parks.
In 2019, he became an assistant teacher at an ESL school, helping children learn the Farsi language and culture every Saturday.
Despite all the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, he became a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, helping young children with reading and math.
Kusha also volunteers with the Halton Regional Police Service Youth Advisory Council and the Oakville YMCA Youth Initiative.
Kusha Shirani is a passionate advocate for children, young people and the environment. His volunteer activities are as varied as his skills, enriching the lives of many Oakville residents.
Sarah’s community involvement has impacted Oakville and the world, focusing on disability inclusion and bullying awareness. Sarah has done tremendous work to improve the lives of people with autism.
A volunteer at the ErinoakKids Center for Treatment and Development since July 2018, Sarah has helped with acting and nutrition classes.
Sarah has also volunteered at her primary school helping children eat and sit at the table.
Owner of the independent organization called Sarah’s Autism Journey, she raises funds on online sites and donates to less fortunate countries.
When she was 15, Sarah wrote a book called Autism: From a Siblings and Parents perspective. She donated the money earned to ErinoaksKids in Oakville.
Sarah Yasini has impacted the lives of many in her community and around the world.