Announcing the 2019 award winners

bud knight award

 The Committee of Youth Officers for the Province of Ontario awards a police officer for outstanding interaction with youth in their community. This officer proactively builds a lasting, meaningful and productive relationship with youth. The ideal nominee will make a positive difference in their community through the development and delivery of programs and leadership. The award is given to an officer who mentors and engages youth to help them become stronger citizens. The award is given out annually at the COYO Conference in Niagara Falls. 


 The Bud Knight Award is an award that is dedicated to recognizing the work and contributions of a police officer who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the youth in the community.  

2019 Bud Knight Award Winner - Constable Brandon Eaket

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Constable Brandon Eaket is a School Resource Officer working with students in local high schools. His primary role is to act as a liaison between the Service and the school’s administration and students. In doing so, Constable Eaket will often make presentations on police-related matters to students, coach students in various athletic events and join students for interactive activities such as “Boys Nights”. 


Constable Eaket helped develop a hockey program for youth with special needs. He was the head coach for the Kitchener Ice Pirates team within the program for five years. He was inspired to create this program by a family member with special needs. 


Constable Eaket is the Head Coach for the Waterloo Region Predators football club. He was awarded 2017 coach of the year by the Toronto Argonauts. Constable Eaket is also the football coach for the Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School football team. In these coaching roles, he helps youth fulfill their athletic dreams, while also mentoring the youth with respect to the benefits of teamwork, self-discipline, and hard work. 


Constable Eaket is well known for his dedication to his community. He is a motivational speaker in schools throughout Kitchener, Waterloo and Guelph. He is also a guest speaker for Business and Education Partnership of Waterloo Region and Family and Children Services of Waterloo Region. Furthermore, he is a speaker for the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports and Ontario Youth Advocates, where he provides information, guidance, and inspiration to these establishments on possible challenges facing youth.


Having been a foster child himself, he has mentored children in foster care with Just Ask Youth, helping them through their journeys. He is also an active speaker for New Foster Parents, Adoptive Parents, and Kin Guardianship in which he speaks to parents and guardians on what things a child may go through in foster care. 


Constable Eaket has consistently presented himself as a professional whose dedication and leadership skills are making a difference. For these reasons, he is very deserving of the 2018 Bud Knight Award.


Congratulations Constable Eaket!!!! 


Outstanding youth award

The Committee of Youth Officers for the Province of Ontario awards a youth for outstanding interaction with youth in their community. The idea nominee will make a positive difference in their community through advocating and taking action with regards to youth issues. The award is given to a youth who has recognized a cause and has worked passionately towards educating and recruiting others to follow in their path. The award is given out annually at the COYO Conference in Niagara Falls. 


The Outstanding Youth Award is an award dedicated to recognizing the work and contributions of a young person who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to their peers by advocating for and taking action on youth issues in the community. 

2019 YOUTH AWARD WINNER - MONY MARLOL

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High school student Mony Madlol is well known in his community through his volunteering and endless involvement. Mony was born in Iraq and fled the country with his mother after losing his father in the war, in hopes of finding an asylum. Upon his arrival to Canada, Mony could not speak the language but was determined to overcome the barriers of being a refugee teen being raised by a single parent, and he did so. He felt strongly for the volunteers that gave him a helping hand when he needed one and was motivated to give back. This led him at 10 years old to begin volunteering. He believed it was his turn “to give back, inspire, and help others”. With this enthusiasm, and drive Mony has accumulated just under 800 hours of community service thus far. 

Mony’s volunteering spreads across many organizations. Mony volunteers as a tutor and interpreter, similar to the volunteers he once looked up to.  Mony volunteers at the ‘My Action Plan to Education Program’ hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of London in order to provide students with homework support and advice for high school. He volunteers at the Cross-Cultural Learner Centre as a Peer Leader in the NOW Program so he can help newcomer youth integrate into the community and prepare for high school.


Mony is part of Kate Young’s London West Youth Council and London Life Young Leaders Program. He is also a part of the Youth in Philanthropy Program and the London Youth United Council. He is the youngest person to ever sit on the board of the Childreach organization. As an active member of these groups, Mony gives voice to youth in his community, works alongside fellow committee members to identify the root cause of social issues, and assists in allotting grants to deserving programs that work towards tackling these issues and helping youth. 

In school, he is a part of the Student Parliament and Peer Mentor club in which he facilitates lessons about important topics such as mental health and sexual violence, providing people an outlet to discuss, learn, and share. He is also a team player on the school’s basketball, track, football, and badminton teams. 


Mony has a strong passion for the well-being of others, his peers, school, and community and will continue to make a difference and inspire those around him.  Mony has shown exceptional leadership skills. It is due to Mony’s dedication and involvement with the school and local community that he is the winner of the 2018 Outstanding Youth Award.


Congratulations Mony!!

Community Award for Youth Service

The Committee of Youth Officers for the Province of Ontario awards a community member for outstanding interaction with youth in their community. This individual proactively builds a lasting, meaningful, and productive relationship with youth. The ideal nominee will make a positive difference in their community through the development and delivery of programs and leadership. The award is given to an individual who mentors and engages youth to help them become stronger citizens. The award is given out annually at the COYO Conference in Niagara Falls. 


The Community Award for Youth Service is an award that is dedicated to recognizing the work and contributions of a community member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to youth in the community. 

2019 Community Award for Youth Service Winner - KEHKASHAN BASU

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 From an early age, Kehkashan has been passionately working with young people across the world including marginalized refugees, orphans, and the homeless, by empowering them to take local actions on environmental sustainability, gender equality, and peace. At the early age of 12, she was elected as the Global Coordinator for the United Environment Program’s Major Group for Children and Youth, making her the youngest to hold this position. Shortly after, Kehkashan founded social innovation enterprise, Green Hope Foundation. Through this program, she engages and educates children and youth, especially girls, on environmental and sustainability issues focusing on mitigating climate change, putting an end to land degradation, promoting the use of renewable energy, sustainable cities, sustainable consumption, poverty eradication, gender equality, and peace building. Green Hope has come a long way as it now has over 1000 young members along with partnerships in 12 countries ranging from Canada to the Middle East, and the Indian continent. 


Kehkashan opened a Green Hope chapter at the University of Toronto, in which she is a first-year undergrad student. She enjoys visiting schools to conduct “environmental academies” for students in which she uses innovative communication modes of art, music, dance, drama, and sports to teach the students about sustainability, making learning more interactive for youth. She is a Climate Reality Leader and a United Nations Human Rights Champion. Despite her young age, she is an active member of UN Women, and Abolition 2000 Youth Network. She is also on the leadership team of several international organizations as a Youth Ambassador of World Future Council, the Honorary Advisor to the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-New York, Youth Advisory Council of World Oceans Day and the EarthEcho International Youth Leadership Counsel.  Over the past 4 years, Kehkashan has raised over $100,000 to support Green Hope’s charitable and education activities in empowering over 600 refugee children in Syria, 1200 orphans in Nepal, and over 1000 migrant and homeless children in India and Bangladesh. As a gender advocate, she has organized marches for equality. To help end violence, she has written blogs and led social media campaigns. Through her actions, Kehkashan has directly educated over 7500 youth and has organized over 15,000 tree plating’s, 100 beach cleanups and recycling campaigns that diverted over 100 tones from the landfills.  She was the youngest speaker at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York where she called for abolition of nuclear weapons. She is an author of the book “Tree of Hope” that was launched at the 2015 nations Children’s Summit in New York. She continues to make an impact on the people and environment around the world, influencing policy and public opinion. 


At their 2017 concert, rock band U2, featured her as one of the incredible women changing the world during their song “Ultraviolet”. 


It is our honour to award Kehkashan the community award for youth service. 


Congratulations Kehkashan, may you continue to be an inspiration to all.