OUTSTANDING YOUTH LEADER
HERO AWARD

This award celebrates youth 19 years and under who went out of their way to make a difference within their community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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EMILY POWER

RECIPIENT OF THE OUTSTANDING YOUTH LEADER HERO AWARD

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Emily Power has been working hard by volunteering on a daily basis at the Feed Scarborough initiative. Emily has helped lead the development of local food banks and their delivery model, supporting the distribution of food every week to over 1000 families in need across Scarborough. Emily was a true ambassador of compassion and helping others – engaging and encouraging her friends and the broader community to get involved and participate in feeding our community.

LEARN MORE ABOUT EMILY POWER:

Can you tell us about yourself (and/or) your organization?


My name is Emily, I am 13 and going into grade 8 in the fall. I love to dance and have been doing it since I was 4 (I have even done aerial circus acrobatics!). I like finding the latest crafty Tik Tok trends and trying them for myself and using them to redecorate my room. I really love animals, I have a little dog named Sophie and a conure parrot named Jelly Bean. I even do some dog sitting when I am needed. Before the pandemic, I would do Horse Back Riding Camps in the summer. I love helping other people which is why I started volunteering with my mom when the pandemic hit. The organization I volunteer with is Feed Scarborough (a.k.a Scarborough Food Security Initiative) and was founded by Suman Roy in 2018 doing Holiday Hampers in December. My mom and I helped with that in December of 2019, giving out turkey dinner to families in our community. Feed Scarborough really stepped up when all the local Food Banks in Southwest Scarborough closed due to Covid-19. With just a hand full of people, we made 100 hampers to distribute in our community. Now, 16 months later we are serving over 3,000 people a week between our 4 Food Banks and Healthy Meal Program. We even have a community garden which is one of my favorite things. I have met a lot of new and amazing people.




Did you have a source of inspiration or motivation that fueled you to take such remarkable actions to support and serve the Scarborough community during COVID-19?


Definitely my mom. When the pandemic hit, my mom saw in a local Facebook group that Feed Scarborough was looking for volunteers to help make food hampers. My mom explained that all the local Food Banks had shut down and there were a lot of people in our community who would be going without food. She asked if I would be interested in going with her and I said "YES!". My mom and I started going every day because the need for food kept growing and growing. My mom is now the Food Bank Coordinator with Feed Scarborough and runs 4 food banks in Southwest Scarborough so I go in as much as I can to help.




What does winning this award mean to you?


It means a lot to me. It showed me that I can do anything that I believe I am capable of. That we all can make a difference if we just try.




What was a positive moment or meaningful memory from this past year that stands out to you?


During one of our Feed Scarborough Food Drives I got to meet Mayor John Tory when he brought in a food donation. That was pretty cool and he was really friendly to talk to. My mom's boss at Feed Scarborough, Suman, calls me the CEO of Feed Scarborough. That always makes me feel important and makes me laugh because I am technically my mom's boss.




If you could describe Scarborough in one word, what would it be?


I have 2 words, cheerful and caring.




What does being part of the Scarborough community mean to you?


It feels like another family to me. A family makes a lot of great memories and I have done that helping my community. A family is also there to help one another.