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GPRC student recognized with Queen’s medal

A Grande Prairie Regional College student has been recognized with award for citizenship and volunteer service. Blaine Badiuk was selected as one of eight young recipients across the province to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal.

“It is an absolute honour to be recognized this way. The true reward for me is seeing the impact that the work I do makes in the community.”

Honorees are selected from all students that got a Premier’s award in high school. Badiuk says high school is when the volunteer work started for him. He used to be a big part of the leadership groups as well as involved in the music program at Charles Spencer High School. He has also been part of the City of Grande Prairie Youth Council for many years.

For Badiuk, leadership continued in his first year of his Mathematics Education program at the GPRC. He is now the President of the Student’s Association at the college.

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“I hope more youth get involved in the community. It is a truly rewarding experience. When you volunteer, you meet so many new people and learn so many more stories from all walks of life. The connections you make are really powerful.”

Badiuk was the only one from Northern Alberta to get the recognition this year.

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