Kelsey Hroch

(June 2014) Kelsey Hroch is a Grade 12 student at White Pines Collegiate & Vocational School who recently was chosen as an Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year.  Over the past four years Kelsey has raised an incredible $39,000 for ARCH (Algoma Residential Community Hospice).  She has done this through the creation and sale of handmade bookmarks and key chains. 
Kelsey had a very personal reason for fundraising for ARCH and when she began, she set a goal of raising $40,000 before she graduated from high school.    She has inspired the staff and volunteers at ARCH and her community at large and it is expected that she will have no trouble reaching her goal.

ADSB Director Lucia Reece along with Ministry of Education Assistant Deputy Minister Mary Jean Gallagher thanked Kelsey at a school-wide assembly at White Pines two weeks ago.  At the assembly Reece said “Kelsey exemplifies our new mission statement of confident learners and caring citizens.  This demonstrates that leadership knows no age.  Through character development and citizenship it just shows what our students can do.”
The Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year is sponsored by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association.  The award recognizes residents of Ontario aged six to 17 years who are involved in significant community service and who show a commitment to making life better for others and doing more than is normally expected of someone their age.