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Coldstream students rewarded for volunteerism

Makena Vanderhorst, Keagan Mazu and Isla Spedding given youth volunteer awards

A trio of Coldstream Elementary students have been recognized for their work in the community.

Makena Vanderhorst, Keagan Mazu and Isla Spedding were given awards for their volunteerism at the 2024 Community Leader Awards (CLA).

Hosted at the Vernon Lodge on Wednesday, March 13, the CLA’s are a revived program started by the Vernon Morning Star, to recognize leaders in and around the community that have been working behind the scenes.

There were a number of submissions for 12 specific categories, which range from mentorship, coaching, volunteering and leadership.

Vanderhorst was gifted the Courage Award. She is a leader in the school trustee tour and participates in the Hidden Gems reading competition.

“Makena’s forward-thinking approach, coupled with her genuine enthusiasm for creating positive change, sets her apart as an inspiring role model and a driving force for progress within the school community,” said Coldstream vice principal Sarah Wick.

Mazu and Spedding were given the Youth Volunteer awards. Mazu, Grade 6, is a “shining example of community leadership,” according to Wick.

“He dedicates his time and effort to various aspects of the school and local community.”

Mazu is a part of the school assembly crew, assists with school sporting equipment, and is a member of the crosswalk group. Outside of education, he assists with community baseball, and participates in Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre events.

“Keagan has a positive attitude, strong work ethic and selfless dedication to go along with his excellent teamwork skills,” added Wick.

Spedding, according to Wick, “exemplifies the essence of thoughtful leadership and service within the school community.”

She is also a member of the crosswalk and assembly crew and is a mentor to younger individuals who participate in school activities.

Wick added that Spedding truly sets herself apart by “her thoughtful consideration of how to improve the school environment by constantly seeking out opportunities to make meaningful contributions.”

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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