Lucia Marchionda, a student at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School, was recognized for her volunteer work in the community at a Canada 150 Awards Ceremony on June 29th hosted by MP for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek Bob Bratina.
Marchionda was one of fifteen individuals from the riding of Hamilton East-Stoney Creek selected through a nomination process to receive a special sesquicentennial pin. The Grade 12 student was nominated for the honour by teacher Lino Battilana. The award was open to individuals of any age.
“Big or small, people can have a meaningful impact in their communities,” said Bratina. “This award is designed to recognize a diverse range of ways that people influence their community in a positive way.”
He added that the successful nominees are individuals and organizations who have made a positive difference by helping reduce poverty, promoting a diverse and inclusive Canada, supporting efforts towards reconciliation with Indigenous Canadians, reaffirming the importance of environmental stewardship, and engaging and inspiring local youth.
This past May, Marchionda initiated and led a school-wide “Smiles for MacKids” campaign that raised $2,200 for the Oncology/Hematology Clinic at McMaster Children’s Hospital. She has also been involved in other fundraisers for McMaster Children's Hospital which have raised $6,000 over the past three years.
In addition to the Canada 150 award, Marchionda’s community service was recognized by the Optimist Club of Stoney Creek in November 2015 at a Youth Appreciation Night.