News Release: École McTavish Student Wins Prestigious Governor General’s Medal for Volunteers

Krish Shah with Craig Kielberger. Supplied photoKrish Shah with Craig Kielberger. Supplied photo

(Fort McMurray, AB - November 2, 2017) It has been a banner week for the Fort McMurray Public School District! We are proud to congratulate Krish Shah, grade 9 student at École McTavish Junior High Public School who has just won the “Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers” from the Governor General’s Office.

According to officials, the “Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.”

Krish was presented the award by Craig Kielburger, the founder of ME to WE on October 31 at the WE Day “Evening of Inspiration” event in Calgary.

A well-known student leader, Krish is the co-founder, and spokesperson for Eco YOLO, the school’s environmental sustainability club. He first made headlines last year when he helped rally over 200 students to replant Saprae Creek following the wildfires.

Nominated by his teacher Robynn Moody, Krish, almost 14, was surprised by the award.

“This was exhilarating! That’s the only word I can use. Ms. Moody told me 10 minutes before I was called onstage. I was nervous, but it was great to get the medal from Craig Kielberger, my role model. He has a vision to make the world better, and so do I,” said Krish.

Robynn Moody, Eco YOLO advisor, and Science teacher at École McTavish was delighted to see Krish honoured.

“Last spring, at Eco YOLO's tree planting event, I told Krish and his group that their hard work was meaningful and significant enough to be highlighted at an event such as WE Day. He is truly an exemplary leader in our community. I made it my mission to ensure the story of Eco YOLO, and Krish's leadership was recognized; and worked with my WE School's coordinator to identify a way to acknowledge his work.”

“It was great to watch Craig Kielberger present Krish with this prestigious award. Plus, it was equally rewarding to see the look of shock and delight on his face when he found out he was receiving the award. It is so well-deserved!” Moody noted.

Scott Barr, Principal, École McTavish dubbed Krish impressive.

"We are so proud of the work that Krish has done as a part of the environmental programming at École McTavish. His leadership with the help in creation of Eco YOLO, and last year’s tree planting was something we were all impressed by. It takes a unique individual to bring their passions to life, and Krish is one of those people. He is a great example of how the Marauder spirit of being a global citizen is going strong. We look forward to watching Krish continue on his path of leadership and environmental stewardship!"

Superintendent Doug Nicholls congratulated Krish and Moody.

“Seeing the efforts and the passion that students and staff brought to Eco YOLO and the Saprae Creek replant was inspiring. We are so proud of Krish, teacher Robynn Moody, and the students and staff who gave back to our community with the project. This is the type of leadership that speaks to the concern and interest our students and staff have for the environment locally and globally.”

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Coordinator

Fort McMurray Public School District

Cell: 780-880-7666