Nose Creek Elementary student receives RVS Civic Stewardship Award
By: Allison Chorney
| Posted: Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 06:00 am
Ethan Wilson, 10, is a fourth-grader who is very active in both his school community and Airdrie.
He was recognized for his hard work at Nose Creek Elementary School on May 29.
Wilson was chosen as a recipient of the 2014 Rocky View Schools Board of Trustees’ Civic Stewardship Award for the elementary school level in part due to his commitment to Stephen’s Backpacks Society.
“I was very happy,” Wilson said. “I just felt Mr. Turner was very nice to nominate me.”
Wilson was nominated by his teacher Matt Turner who told him he thought he was a good candidate for the award because of all the work Wilson does with Stephen’s Backpacks Society.
Wilson has been involved in the Airdrie-based organization for about three years now and has helped raise funds, stuff backpacks and get the word out about the organization.
“In Grade 1, we had to do a report on a famous person and I did it on Stephen from Stephen’s Backpacks Society,” he said of how he became involved in the organization.
“(Stephen McPhee) helps over 1,000 people every year.”
“Wilson’s whole family is just unbelievable,” said Nancy McPhee, Stephen’s Backpacks Society executive director. “The whole family just has a heart of generosity.”
The Civic Stewardship award is given to students whose actions and attitudes are associated with democratic governance or social participation, who provide exemplary leadership, and are excellent role models for their peers. Students eligible show a high level of commitment, leadership, initiative and co-operation within the school community, according to the award description on the school divisions’s website.
Wilson’s mom Brenda said in addition to his work with Stephen’s Backpacks, the 10 year old is also involved in several leadership teams at his school including the Me to We team.
“It’s an honour,” Brenda said of her son’s award. “Even more so because he was nominated by his teacher.”
“I’ve volunteered and made backpacks and then I went into Inn From the Cold and delivered the backpacks,” Wilson said of some of his volunteer work. “Also, (the school) did a Christmas market and we had to vote what charity we wanted to donate to and I made a PowerPoint for Stephen’s Backpacks.”
Wilson’s presentation was successful because the $500 from the market was donated to Stephen’s Backpacks.
The young volunteer said he hopes to deliver backpacks to Inn From the Cold again this Christmas and will continue his work with Stephen’s Backpack Society.
“He has committed to Stephen he is going to walk beside him until there are no more kids on the streets,” McPhee said of Wilson.
As part of the award, Wilson was given a $200 prize to be donated to his charity of choice and he opted to give the funds to the Alberta Children’s Hospital because he did a new report in school this year on Terry Fox.
He said Fox’s campaign to raise money for cancer research was inspiring and he hopes some of the money can help kids with cancer.
Wilson said he hopes his award and volunteering can motivate others to help too.
“I would just tell people, ‘Don’t you think it’s right to volunteer?’ It’s really easy and sometimes you even have a lot of fun,” he said.