10:30 a.m., March 2)
East end students among Global Community Alliance award recipients
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
The Global Community Alliance held its annual Black History
Month gala on Saturday, during which a number of east
end students were honoured for their accomplishments both
inside the classroom and out.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier students Emmanuel Laryea
(right) and Memory Chola show off the plaques
they received at the Global Community Alliance
Gala. Fred Sherwin/Photo
the recipients were Emmanuel Laryea and Memory Chola,
both students at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School
on Tenth Line Road.
was chosen for accomplishments both academically and athletically.
The Grade 12 student is an accomplished soccer player
with the Cumberland Cobras Academy, as well as an accomplished
student at Sir Wil where he has maintained an 90-plus
average. In Grade 11, he received the top mark in both
biology and physics.
his spare time Laryea can be found working at the Portobello
Seniors Residence, or volunteering his time as an assistant
for the future, Laryea has received an offer to study
biopharmaceutical sciences at the University of Ottawa,
along with overtures from the University of Waterloo to
study life sciences and kinesiology. For now he is keeping
his options open.
Chola received his award for helping new students get
acclimatized to their surroundings and day-to-day life
at Sir Wil as a peer helper and leadership student. He
is also a member of several clubs including the Board
Game Club and the Dance Club, and he plays clarinet and
saxophone in the school band.
Matthew High School student Abdul-Karim Ismail, better
known as A.K. Ismail, received his award for his prowess
both on the football field and in the classroom.
missing most of last year with a broken leg, Ismail came
back to help lead the St. Matt Tigers to their second
straight city championship and a return trip to the OFSAA
helped coach the girls flag football team last spring
and he was the Master of Ceremonies for St. Matt’s version
of the Oscars. He has helped raise funds for various charities,
most notably the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario,
all the while maintaining his position on the school Honour
has already committed to play football at the University
of Guelph next year while he pursues his classroom studies.
Peter High School student Samuel Henriques was also recognized
for his ability to balance his academics with sports,
playing competitive soccer, Henriques also plays the piano
as well as the alto and soprano saxophone with the St.
Peter Jazz Band. This year, he has also split his time
as one of two student trustees on the Ottawa-Carleton
District School Board.
east end recipients included Lyndon’s Barber Shop owner
Lingdonne Brutus, and Gifty’s Fashion Design owner Gifty
first opened his traditional barbershop at 2395 St. Joseph
Blvd. more than 12 years ago. Since then he has mentored
dozens of young students, but his true calling is as a
private social worker, taking care of seniors while working
on contract for the City of Ottawa.
Abiad is a successful entrepreneur, designing and creating
one-of-a-kind outfits for her many customers out of her
shop on St. Joseph Blvd. beside Pantry Plus.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)