Julia Scozzari Receives 2013 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award
By: Alexis Kuskevics
As high school students, none of us are really expected to be influential role models, praised for major achievements. It’s only a few people, like STM Senior Julia Scozzari, who show such love and passion for volunteering at a young age.
In her short existence, Julia has committed herself to eight clubs and volunteer experiences in the Hamilton community. Such leadership recently earned her recognition from the YWCA (Young Women Christian’s Association), an organization that supports women’s contributions and accomplishments. Following their acknowledgement of Scozzari, Julia was presented with the Young Woman of Distinction (21 and under) Award on May 9th at Carmen’s Banquet Hall.
Scozzari’s winning of the award was the result of her involvement in Halloween for Hunger, Relay for Life, Mad 4 Maddie and many more youth groups, though there is one club in particular that is close to her heart. “With the help of some students at school we formed a committee in order to raise awareness and funds for cancer research,” she said. This club, Many Colours of Cancer, is a new addition to the school and has already attained a high standard for years to come. With STM’s help, the club raised $2,000 in one week from ribbon donations, bake sales, a civvies day and a balloon release.
Sadly, the idea for Many Colours of Cancer came about as a result of Scozzari’s personal tragedy. “I lost my own mom to cancer about a year ago,” she said, when asked what inspired her. “I thought it was important for our school to band together as a community and do our part to raise awareness in the hopes of one day finding a cure for this disease that affects everyone one way or another. Most importantly, it was to honor those fighting cancer and those who have passed away. They’re all heroes in my eyes and should be recognized.”
Scozzari’s passion for volunteering also earned her a Humanitarian Award from the Jewish Community Centre. Though she plans to attend Wilfred Laurier University in the Fall for Concurrent Education, the mature 17-year-old still intends to involve herself in many extra curricular activities. “I feel it’s important to volunteer and give to a cause you feel strongly about,” she said. “It makes me happy to know that I’m helping others. As a Christian, it’s my job to serve others. it’s just a bonus that I love it too!”
It is evident that Scozzari’s passion is what drives her. This drive is what will help Julia make a huge difference in the world someday, an accomplishment her mother would surely be proud of.