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The Milton Youth Task Force (MYTF) hosted an online virtual Youth Awards Ceremony recognizing the contributions of young people in Milton. The purpose of the awards is to promote a positive image of young people and to generate awareness of the valuable contributions that youth make in our community.

This year the winner of the Community Leadership award is Sheharyar Khan. During the pandemic, Sheharyar and his sister Kashmala started a project called Mums and Daisys – Gifts of Happiness by surprising community members with thoughtful, handmade crafts like picture frames, painted rocks and cards.

With support from other community organizations, they organized fundraisers to support Milton District Hospital, Halal Food Bank, Food 4 Kids Halton and the Muslim Association of Milton.

On April 18, 2020 Deana Wilson greeted a large online gathering of guests. “I want to thank everyone for coming to join this Zoom live today!” The event in question, originally intended to be an in-person gathering, was a book launch for “Liam, Strong as a Tree.” The book celebrates the strength of her son Liam, who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at just three weeks old.

Amidst the COVID-19 world pandemic, arts and culture quietly closed its doors to the public. As people were reeling from news of sickness, financial anxiety, and the inability to see or embrace their loved ones, institutions and organizations across the world cancelled classes, workshops, exhibits, and events. The arts community in Milton followed suit. During a time when people have lost jobs, and access to the things they need the most, the importance of arts and culture falls lower on the list of priorities.

Kids entertainment was top of mind at this year’s annual SuperStarrs 2 SuperHeros event – benefiting the Toronto Sick Kids Foundation. Children visiting with their families were encouraged to dress up as their favorite fictional character or superhero. The event’s organizers are Leesa Ervin and Deana Wilson. Wilson is a Milton mother who aims to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis – her son Liam was diagnosed with the disease at 3 weeks old.

Teachers at Milton District High School have been recognized with a national award for their innovative delivery of environmental sustainability curriculum in the school’s ‘I-Th ink about Science’ program. Presented by the EdCan Network, the 2019 Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning showcases the work of teachers who create relevant learning experiences for students while solving complex societal issues.