Former Sacred Heart student Eva von Jagow won this year’s Youth Spirit of the Capital award in the “Caring and Sharing” category.
Each year The Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards celebrates nominees from seven different categories with the presentation of a $1,000 award for winners and $250 going to the runners up, to be used for the advancement of academics or social enterprise in line with the values of Youth Ottawa.
Here’s von Jagow’s bio from the awards: Eva von Jagow is passionate about equality and social justice in her own country. In her own words, “It is immoral that in one of the world’s wealthiest countries, and a country that prides itself on human health and a high standard of living, there exist communities where children are going to school without having eaten the proper food to fuel them for the day”.
That injustice lies at the heart of what Eva does. When she learned about the issues of food insecurity in Nunavut while in high school, she wanted to act. She started a fundraiser called All That Glam that is now planning its 4th annual event in Ottawa. To date, that event has raised over $80,000 with corporate matching. Those funds established a hot breakfast program at Sakku School, in Coral Harbour, Nunavut. With her funds, Sakku School has implemented a program with over 90% of the students at the school using it daily.
Eva is a young woman who shows leadership by having created her own not-for-profit organization called DueNORTH and developing the mission to provide and promote access to nutritional food in Nunavut. She possesses a keen sense of cultural sensitivity and, in order to understand more about First Nations people, she is currently pursuing a minor in Indigenous Studies at McGill University. She takes every opportunity to engage other youth in her social justice work. Nearly a hundred young people volunteer their time with the annual fundraiser.
— Sacred Heart H.S. (@SacredHeartHS) June 10, 2016