All students are winners at Be a Hero awards

Affordable housing is an important issue for everyone in our community.  Each fall, high school students from across Halton dedicate their time and talent to raising awareness about this important issue by submitting artwork to the Be a Hero.& Be a Voice for Affordable Housing contest. The winners of this year’s awards were recognized at an awards ceremony held on November 22 at the Burlington Convention Centre. Over 160 people were in attendance to celebrate the achievements of all the students who participated in the contest.

For the second year in a row, students from Acton District High School won the Gold award in the contest. Corbin Resch, Erika Stokes and Jonathan van Oosten from Acton District High School took home the gold award of $1000 for their creative design of an affordable, accessible and eco-friendly high rise.

Victoria Noble from Gary Allan High School (S.T.E.P program) in Burlington received the silver award of $500 for her powerful and moving poem “Temporary Home.” Four bronze awards of $100 each were also handed out to: Natalie Barrera from St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School in Oakville, Nicole Curtis from Milton District High School in Milton, T.J Priolo from Gary Allan High School in Burlington, and Stella Lee from Appleby College in Oakville. View photos of the award winners.

The artwork students submitted for this contest demonstrates that Halton youth recognize that affordable housing is an integral part of a healthy and sustainable community. I am proud of all the students who have participated in the Be a Hero contest and thank them for the work they have done to increase awareness about the need for more affordable housing in our community.

Halton Region is committed through the Citizens’ Priorities – Halton Region’s 2011-2014 Action Plan to providing housing supports to address the needs of low income residents in Halton.

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