Aditi Kini 2021- Winner BC Medal of Good Citizenship
Medal of Good Citizenship award ceremony
BC Medal of Good Citizenship - Recognize an extraordinary citizen
The B.C. Medal of Good Citizenship celebrates British Columbians who have acted in a particularly generous, kind or selfless manner for the common good without expectation of reward.
Aditi Kini is a grade 12 student at Seaquam secondary school aiming to pursue a career in healthcare in future. Aditi has helped several affected communities impacted by COVID-19. In her mission to make a difference, Aditi has implemented 17 plus projects within BC and Internationally, raising over $50,000 to help hundreds of individuals and families in the Black, Indigenous and People of Color community, Indigenous youth in Northern B.C., school districts, the SPCA, hospitals, homeless shelters and single moms across B.C. Aditi currently mentors and guides youth in their aspirations to identify opportunities to make a difference and connects them with organizations that require support. She is a role model for reflected leadership, exceptional attitude and perseverance. She is an inspiration to the people around her to always aim to overcome obstacles and to never stop giving through her mission to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
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During the past two years, people have struggled to keep their jobs, families have worked hard to make ends meet, businesses have grappled to survive, and kids have faced the challenges of new teaching methods and restricted interactions in cohorts. In these circumstances, high school student Aditi Kini has helped several affected communities through her mission to make a difference in her local community.
Aditi has helped several affected communities impacted by COVID-19 through her implementation of 17+ service-related projects raising around $50,000 to help hundreds of individuals and families in the Black, Indigenous and People of Color community, Indigenous youth in Northern B.C., school districts, the SPCA, hospitals, homeless shelters and single moms across B.C. Furthermore, she has initiated a sandwich-making initiative providing meals for the homeless at her school, Seaquam Secondary.
An example of her initiatives is her partnership with a local SPCA location to aid their efforts to accommodate an influx of abandoned animals during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, she virtually mobilized a team of youth who worked tirelessly to purchase quality food and supplies and set up storage sheds to reduce food wastage.
In addition, due to COVID-19, hospitals were not allowing visitors to meet in-patients which were impacting their mental health and recovery. To counteract this, Aditi purchased, packaged, and delivered entertainment packages consisting of puzzles, and word searches to keep patients in the Royal Columbian Hospital occupied.
Moreover, she has set up a Not-for-Profit Organization, “The New Horizons Foundation,” to raise funds to provide e-learning opportunities and basic sanitary supplies to 12 schools in rural South India to promote girls' attendance in schools. Aditi has built several networks with partner charitable organizations that will support her cause post-pandemic.
Aditi currently mentors and guides youth in identifying opportunities to make a difference and connects them with organizations that require support. She is a role model for reflected servant leadership and demonstrates exceptional attitude and perseverance. She inspires people around her to never stop giving back to the community.
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