Reflections from HAAR

On November 3, Impact Society celebrated it’s 6th annual HEROES Awards and Appreciation Reception. This year, our goal was to ‘Illuminate’ those exceptional students, leaders, community and First Nations partners that have made a positive impact in their world this past year. It was a special night!

For this month’s blog post, we wanted to share some reflections from the night from the perspective of one of our award winners. A special thank you to student and HAAR Give Back Award winner, Jillian Mah from Sir John A MacDonald Junior High in Calgary for providing us with her thoughts!


When I found out that I was receiving the HEROES – Give Back Award, I was surprised and honoured.  I never expected to be recognized for doing something that is a daily part of my life.  I try to make my community a better place by helping where I can. To have Ms. Gladden nominate me in this category meant a lot to me.   I have worked with her in the Environmental Social Justice Club for the last 2 1/2 years and I look up to her as a mentor.

When my family and I first arrived at the Calgary Petroleum Club, we checked in with Jessica and she took good care of us.  From our personalized name tags to directing me to the Student Lounge, and to letting my family know that they had reserved seating.  We felt like VIPs!  There were drinks and food set up for us to enjoy while we waited for the Award Ceremony to begin. 

During the ceremony, it was nice to see positive changes being recognized.  I was honoured to be surrounded by like-minded people who were dedicated to creating changes in ourselves and the community.  Each person had their own moment to shine and be recognized for their strength, character and leadership.  In a world filled with so many negative stories, it was inspiring and uplifting to hear everyone’s stories.

I am grateful for the opportunity to attend such a celebratory event.  Everyone has their own gifts and abilities and we have the choice to use them to create a better and stronger community.


Jillian M.

Sir John A. Macdonald Junior High

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