Better Business Bureau will recognize ethical businesses and a Surrey student from Tamanawis Secondary school on May 15 as part of their Annual General Meeting.
Grade 12 student, Sukhmeet Singh Sachal, was unanimously selected for Better Business Bureau Student Ethics Award scholarship (valued at $2,250) from the Better Business Bureau of Mainland BC (BBB). This province-wide contest is awarded to a young student with great dedication, leading with integrity, and an academic excellence.
“Sukhmeet showed true leadership and is wise beyond his years,” says Lynda Pasacreta, BBB President and CEO. “Not only did Sukhmeet meet our academic requirements, he also put in nearly 1,600 hours of his own personal time to take the lead in a wide range of activities that have positive local and even global impacts.”
A short-list of Sukhmeet Singh Sachal’s activities and accomplishments includes:
· President of the Students Without Borders, raising $5,000 to build a well in Kenya and distribute food to less fortunate.
· Grade representative of the Global Awareness Club which organized Earth Week recycling campaigns to promote sustainability.
· Member of the Empowerment Club, which organizes a talent show that focuses on domestic violence and raising money for www.kiva.org.
· Surrey Leadership Youth Council representative, organizing a “Youth Speak Up” conference on multiculturalism.
In his essay, Sukhmeet showed how he is concerned about domestic violence issues facing people within his culture. He responded to a situation when two students from his school were killed due to violence within their home and made a point to help organize an empowerment night to bring the issue to the forefront.
Sukhmeet Sachal will receive the Student Ethics Award at a special ceremony on May 15 at the BBB AGM. The BBB Annual General Meeting will be holding a fundraiser with BBB Accredited Businesses to raise money for next year’s Student Ethics Award.
Tamara Vrooman, CEO of Vancity, will be giving a special keynote address at the AGM. All media is welcome to attend.