Selina Shivji

Selina Shivji

South Surrey student honoured as ‘Caring Canadian’

Semiahmoo Secondary's Selina Shivji recognized in Vancouver ceremony celebrating 'unsung heroes'.

To say Selina Shivji is involved in her community – at school and beyond – would be an understatement.

“Even if I got reincarnated 20 times, I wouldn’t be able to accomplish this much,” Semiahmoo Secondary principal Claudine Bunyan said of the Grade 12 student, as she scanned Shivji’s resumé.

“This girl is incredible.”

Shivji’s efforts – which range from student council chair at Semi and serving as a youth congressional leader with the Aga Khan Foundation, to MCing school assemblies and founding an organization to support children on the horn of Africa – were recognized Tuesday evening with a Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.

Presented by Free the Children’s Marc Kielburger, the award recognizes “the unsung heroes who volunteer their time, their efforts and a great deal of their lives to helping others, and who ask for noting in return.”

Bunyan said it’s obvious to her that Shivji, 17 – who was also called on-stage during We Day events at Roger’s Arena in Vancouver Wednesday – is not motivated to get involved by the glory of recognition.

While there are students who relish the reward of going above and beyond, Shivji – who was not available to comment by Peace Arch News press deadline Thursday morning – “truly does things for her community and school because she truly wants to,” Bunyan said.

“There’s not a single bone in her body that is self-serving.”

Shivji’s mother said Semi’s administrators and teachers also deserve credit for her daughter’s outlook and achievements.

“They instill the ethics of making a positive difference; totally in-sync with our family and faith ethos,” Shahnaz Shivji said by email.

The Caring Canadian Award consists of a letter, certificate and a lapel pin.

 

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