Teen Cornwall and Kawartha Credit Union create Youth Volunteer Awards

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Tony Luis, Nada Kovinich, Jon Begg, Andre Pommier, and Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger. Photo Credit: Erika Glasberg, Standard-Freeholder.

Teen Cornwall and Kawartha Credit Union have partnered together to create the Youth Volunteer Awards, which will honour extraordinary highschool students of the Cornwall area whose outstanding volunteer achievements have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members.

“Kawartha Credit Union is very proud of its community involvement program and our new partnership with Teen Cornwall.  The Youth Volunteer Awards are not about students’ marks, but about the mark they leave on the community,” said Jon Begg, Kawartha Credit Union’s Strategic Alliances Manager and Youth Volunteer Awards committee member.

Joining Mr. Begg on the Awards committee board are Teen Cornwall Vice-Chairs Nada Kovinich and local boxing champion Tony Luis, Councillor David Murphy, and local businessman Andre Pommier.

About the Awards

Three post-secondary bursaries of $1,500 will be presented annually to youth who will be nominated and selected based on their community involvement.

Qualifying students will be those within the city district, attending either St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Holy Trinity, La Citadelle, l’Héritage, St. Lawrence Secondary School, or Cornwall Collegiate & Vocational School.  He or she must be pursuing post-secondary education and demonstrate excellent community service.


Residents of the Cornwall area, who meet the following criteria, are eligible for a Youth Volunteer Award:

  • Exemplifies the spirit of community service;
  • Demonstrates exemplary initiative, leadership, and creativity in his/her service to others;
  • Serves as a role model for others in his/her community;
  • Inspires others to engage in volunteer service; and
  • Improves the overall quality of life of fellow Cornwall residents and the community as a whole.

In the coming months, representatives from Teen Cornwall and Kawartha Credit Union will be visiting participating schools to provide information and nomination forms to interested students.

These forms will be available through the Team Cornwall website within the next few weeks.

More about Teen Cornwall:

Teen Cornwall has been in operation for over 15 years under the leadership of local businessman Andre Pommier.  His hard work and dedication has helped raise funds and provide annual bursaries to deserving students in Cornwall.

Taking over the reins of Teen Cornwall are Tony Luis and Nada Kovinich, who will act as Vice-Chairs for the new initiatives and programs of this great organization.

Tony and Nada are both examples of local youth achieving excellence in their community: Both were born and raised in Cornwall, pursued post-secondary education, and are now achieving professional success while contributing to their local community.

About Kawartha Credit Union:

Kawartha Credit Union is one of the fastest-growing credit unions in Ontario. Kawartha employs over 325 people, and serves 49,000 members in Central and Eastern Ontario with 25 branches. With over $975 million in assets under administration and with 60 years of banking history, Kawartha delivers a full range of financial services, solutions, and advice tailored to meet each member’s individual needs, including access to The Exchange® Network with more than 2,400 surcharge free ATMs in Canada. Membership at Kawartha is open to anyone looking for a local-focus financial services provider.