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Arviat Youth Receives Prestigious TD Scholarship for Community Leadership

Vayda Kaviok (Baking), Shelton Nipisar (Film/Video) and coach Gord Billard, TD Scholarship for Community Leadership recipient, Innosar Issakiark, Jamie Bell, Eric Anoee, Jr. and Jonathon Kigusiutnak made a donation to the Skills Nunavut trip May 30 at John Arnalukjuak High School. Vayda Kaviok (Baking), Shelton Nipisar (Film/Video) and coach Gord Billard, TD Scholarship for Community Leadership recipient, Innosar Issakiark, Jamie Bell, Eric Anoee, Jr. and Jonathon Kigusiutnak made a donation to the Skills Nunavut trip May 30 at John Arnalukjuak High School. Photo: Craig Beardsall

IQALUIT, Nunavut (May 28, 2013) – Innosar John Issakiark, a Grade 12 student from John Arnalukjuak High School in Arviat, has been named a recipient of the 2013 TD Scholarship for Community Leadership, one of Canada’s top merit scholarships.

“Innosar is an artistic, talented young performer and volunteer in his community,” said Minister of Education, Premier Eva Aariak “His commitment and leadership in addressing issues such as bullying, suicide and the importance of staying in school through his use of theatre, the performing arts and digital media is worthy of recognition and we are proud of his achievements.”

The TD Scholarship for Community Leadership was established in 1995. Each year up to 20 students in their final year of high school who have demonstrated leadership in improving their community are honored with this scholarship. Each award carries a value of up to $70,000 and includes up to $10,000 for tuition per year and $7,500 a year for living expenses.

This year's recipients have addressed a wide range of issues including the environment, bullying, gender equality and educational policy development.

Issakiark is being recognized for his participation with the Arviat Leadership and Resiliency Program, the John Arnalukjuak High School Drama Club, Skills Nunavut, Taking IT Global, Global Dignity Canada and the Arviat Film Society.

“In addition to being a top student, Innosar has been involved in many community initiatives in recent years, including the Arviat Film Society, the high school’s fantastic drama program, and the Leadership and Resiliency Program,” said Bob Leonard, Mayor of Arviat. “Innosar’s involvement in these programs has made him one of the busiest students in town, and his work with the drama club in tackling issues like suicide and bullying has been an inspiration to many others.

This scholarship is well-deserved and I look forward to seeing what great things Innosar does next,” Mayor Leonard said.

“Through a fusion of the arts, community-based research and digital media, Innosar has demonstrated a strong commitment to empowering Inuit youth to address important social issues in our community,” said the Hon. Daniel Shewchuk, Minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut for Arviat.

“Innosar should be incredibly proud of his accomplishments – he and his fellow recipients have already made an incredible impact in their communities,” said Clint Davis, Vice President, Aboriginal Banking, TD Bank Group. “And providing these students the opportunity to continue their work in the community, while they pursue their education is something we’re very thrilled to be a part of.”

"We extend our sincere congratulations to Innosar and all of this year’s Top 20 TD Scholars and thank TD Bank Group for recognizing one of our own among such talented, emerging young leaders,” said Minister Shewchuk.

The award will be officially presented at the TD Scholarship for Community Leadership National Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.

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