Grande Prairie’s Blaine Badiuk received the Queen Elizabeth ll Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal this afternoon in Edmonton.
Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell presented it to him, along with a cheque for $5,000.
The award recognizes students who go above and beyond with community service and volunteering.
“These thoughtful and hardworking young leaders offer great examples of the power of giving back. They remind us that we all can play a role in making our communities stronger, healthier and more compassionate places. They’ve already accomplished a great deal and I trust their dedication to active citizenship will continue to serve them well in the future,” Mitchell said.
When asked, Badiuk was pretty excited to receive the honour.
“I believe in the value of Grande Prairie. We’re a really great community, I mean, there’s so much to offer. I just wanted to give back to the community that has given me everything,” Badiuk explained. “Take every opportunity you got. It’s a great opportunity to meet more people to network, and actually it’s fun once you get going.”
Badiuk, a graduate of Charles Spencer High School, has been a member of a number of volunteer-based initiatives locally.
“I spent a lot time in my high school with the musical theatre program, and our music program in general. I’ve continued to be a member of the community symphony orchestra for the past two years. And I’ve also been, for quite a few years now, a member of the City of Grande Prairie’s Youth Council,” said Badiuk.
He also created the Mavericks Leaders Group at Charles Spencer, has been a student rep for the school’s Parent Council, led projects for Valentine roses and Christmas stockings to give to a local homeless shelter and represents students of Grande Prairie on the Minister’s Student Advisory Council with SpeakOut under Alberta Education.
Badiuk attends Grande Prairie Regional College and is president of the Students’ Association.
Other recipients of this year’s Queen Elizabeth ll Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medals were Brandon Bosma of Sherwood Park, Poshika Dhingra of Red Deer, Emily Vilcsak of St. Albert and Srushti Shrivastav, Emilie Xiao, Andrew Min and Chu Qian Li, who are all from Calgary.