Applying for the Maple Leaf Youth Awards

Please note that we have not yet opened applications for the 2016 Maple Leaf Youth Awards. Specific details to be announced.

The Canadian Club of Vancouver was thrilled to present the 2015 Maple Leaf Youth Awards at a ceremony on May 25th. The Maple Leaf Youth Awards are designed to recognize well rounded students with high academic standing who demonstrate an understanding of Canadian identity through writing a 500 word essay, and who have exceptional achievements in two or more of the following: 

1. Outstanding achievements in fine arts, performing arts, applied arts or digital media 
2. Exemplary contributions to the community—locally, nationally, and/or internationally 
3. Exceptional athletic achievement.

Please join us in congratulating the 2015 winners:

1st place) Thomas Knoph, Grade 12 at Carson Graham Secondary

Thomas is involved with Free the Children, and in addition to local projects has built houses in the Dominican Republic. He works with autistic children and coaches youth football. He is a varsity football player and plays on both school and community teams, in addition to coaching. He also plays rugby. He is described as a talented artist in drawing; capturing people in caricatures, and contributing cartoons to the school newspape. As stated in his reference, "Thomas exemplifies true citizenship by following personal responsibility at school, at home, in his local community and the world."

2nd place) Christian Mustapich, Grade 12 at Saint Thomas Aquinas

Christian spends many hours volunteering as a counsellor and group leader working with at-risk boys, and engages in activities to raise funds and awareness to combat hunger. He is an all-around athlete participating in track and field, hockey, wrestling, swimming, soccer and even badminton. In the arts, "he has demonstrated skill and creativity in drawing, painting, graphic design, fabric arts, ceramics and sculpture and completes the most amazing works of art."

3rd place) Lauren Johnston, Grade 12 at Collingwood School

Lauren is science student and received the National Advanced Placement Scholar Award. She has also been accepted into Princeton for the Fall.

Lauren is a volunteer with Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports, where she teaches and coaches children with disabilities to focus on their abilities. She also coaches gymnastics. In addition, she provides tutoring in math and science to students from marginalized families.

Not only a skier, Lauren has won awards in field hockey, is a former gymnast and current acrobat. She is a bassoonist with the school orchestra and won gold at the Kiwanis Festival in Vancouver. 

Thank you to all of those who participated in this year's awards, and congratulations to all of those who were nominated. We wish a very bright future to all of those who participated!

The 2016 Maple Leaf Youth Awards Information and Application Form will be released in late winter or early spring 2016.


Application Process

The awards are designed to recognize well-rounded British Columbian students who demonstrate an understanding of Canadian identity and have exceptional achievements in one or more of the following:

  • Outstanding achievements in Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Applied Arts or Digital Media
  • Exemplary contributions to the community – locally, nationally, and or internationally
  • Exceptional athletic achievement

Three Awards will be Given

$1,500 for the first place Recipient 
$1,000 for the second place Recipient 
$750 for the third place Recipient

Applications for Maple Leaf Youth Award must include:

  • Application form
  • 500 word essay
  • Copy of transcript of current grades
  • Copies of relevant supporting certificates
  • Three reference letters
  • Maximum of six pieces of artwork (DVDs, CDs, thumb drives or photographs accepted)
  • A list of extra-curricular activities and community service

Please do not send originals.

All Grade 11 and 12 students are eligible to apply and must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Reside in the province of BC
  • Have a minimum grade average of 73% (B)
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Reside in the province of BC
  • Have a minimum grade average of 73% (B)