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Canada: Charity-conscious Caroline D'Souza (12) Bags 2008 Ontario Junior Citizen Award


Canada: Charity-conscious Caroline D'Souza (12) Bags 2008 Ontario Junior Citizen Award

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Toronto, Canada, Jan 26: Caroline D'Souza, 12, daughter of Kevin D'Souza (of Belgaum origin) and Lovina nee Rodricks (of Bappalige-Puttur origin), both of Mangalorean roots - now domiciled in Toronto, Canada - has been chosen to receive "2008 Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award". She is one among the twelve recipients for 2008. The award is given in recognition of outstanding contribution to the community.

This year there were 117 nominees from across Ontario, who are being recognized with certificates of recognition by their local community newspapers.

The announcement of the award to Caroline states that "Between homework, Air Cadets, sports, music lessons, writing, and church activities, Caroline still has time to contribute to her community. Since Grade 3 she has been volunteering during recess to help students with special needs. She spends her weekends helping both at her church and local seniors home. Caroline has also sold short stories she had written to raise money for "We Care 4 Children", a fund she started to benefit children in India."
Her heart beats for charity

At a tender age of 7, Caroline D' Souza penned her first two stories and sold them to family and friends to raise funds for needy children in India.
 
The now 12-year-old Caroline handwrites and illustrates the 15-page stories, then her parents type them up on the computer, photocopy and staple them together. "I just like using my imagination a lot," says Caroline.
Caroline's first story, called 'Tools or Toys', is about a boy who learns the difference between tools and toys. Tools can be dangerous and cause hurt while toys are for everyone to play with. Her other story, 'A Dream Come True', is about a girl who raises enough money to buy a unicorn by helping around the neighbourhood.
She's sells the stories for $1 or $2, so far earning a good sum. 
At the suggestion of her father Kevin, Caroline donated all the money to 'We Care', a registered charity in India that her father's family started ten years ago as a 75th birthday present for Caroline's grandmother. It has since grown into a public charity helping to educate primarily women and children.

More on the award

The Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards are run through the 322 member newspapers of OCNA with the support of our sponsor TD Canada Trust. Nominations of eligible youth, ages 6 to 17, are received each fall through member community newspapers committed to recognizing outstanding youth who are making a difference in their communities. A panel of volunteer judges must unanimously decide on the final recipients.

The Awards Ceremony will be officiated by Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, at Queen's Park on March 3, 2009. Caroline's parents Kevin and Lovina are among the immediate families besides the recipients who have been invited to this special presentation in Toronto.

The final recipients of the 2008 Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards are a wonderful cross section of individuals who are making a difference to both their hometowns and communities around the globe. They are an inspiring and determined group who not only see a need, but rise to the challenge and contribute their time and energy to making improvements. Their leadership skills are evident.

Abbas Homayed, President of the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA), is extremely pleased to see the strong sense of community instilled in this group of outstanding young people. "To see such commitment and dedication to the people and groups within their cities and towns at such a young age is very impressive," said Homayed. "We are very proud to be recognizing the achievements of this group of final recipients, as well as all the nominees, in our community newspapers across Ontario."

Comment on this article

  • Noreen Rosario, Puttur/Toronto

    Tue, Mar 3 2009

    Our sweet Caroline, 'Congratulations' We are proud of you. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. Blessings from your loving Aunt Noreen, Uncle Wilfred, cousins Neil, Wyona and Shawn

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  • Darel D'Souza, Banglaore/ Sharjah

    Wed, Jan 28 2009

    Hi caroline, Congratulatuions! May God bless you abundantly in this endeveour and all the best. Best Wishes From Darel, Olive, Orlando & Denver

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  • Lovina D'souza, Puttur/Toronto,Canada

    Tue, Jan 27 2009

    Thank you each and everyone for your best wishes to Caroline and all of us. You all are part of this award in some way or the other and we wish to thank all of you for your support to Caroline in her work specially to "We Care 4 Children Education Fund". Praveen Pinto, I am glad to see your wishes. Its been a long time. Hope to be in touch. May God Bless all of you. Kevin, Lovina, Michelle, Caroline, Daniel D'souza and Emilda Rodricks.

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  • marina, mangalore

    Tue, Jan 27 2009

    Congratulations! caroline, we indeed are proud of you , keep up your good work . Congratulations to the proud parents who supported her throughout.

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  • Riona Mascarenhas, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 27 2009

    Congratulations dear Caroline on winning the 2008 Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award.May God shower his abundant blessings on you & hope you continue these marvellous deeds of charity.We all are very proud of you & wishing you all the best in your future!.With lots of love from Ivan,Belta & Riona Mascarenhas.

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  • Clement Sequeira, Bappalige -Puttur - Bangalore

    Tue, Jan 27 2009

    CHEERS !!!!!! you have made us really proud Caroline !! Congratulations to Kevin Lovina Michelle and Daniel too

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  • Larina D'Souza, Puttur-Mallikatta-Sharjah

    Tue, Jan 27 2009

    Hearty Congratulations to Caroline and Proud Parents Lovina and Kevin. May Almighty God Bless Caroline abdundantly and pour out His graces to keep up her good work. Keep it up Caroline and Keep Shining. Lots of love from Larina & Vanesa with our parents Mildred & Llewelyn.

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  • Praveen Pinto, Darbe Puttur Libya

    Mon, Jan 26 2009

    Heartly Congratulation to Caroline and also proud parents Laveena & Kevin. Praveen Pinto Puttur Libya

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  • Tina Dsouza, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 26 2009

    hey caroline..i am really proud to have u as my little cousin.hatz off to you.you have truely though me alot in life.may god bless you in all your good deedz and shower his amazing grace over you.

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  • Joseph Dsouza, Mangalore,Qatar

    Mon, Jan 26 2009

    Congratulations Caroline for the honour bestowed upon you by OCNA.May the Almighty Bless you abdundantly. May this spirit of charity kindled in you, blossom as you grow and take you to greater heights.Keep up the Good Work Caroline. Hearty Congratulations to Proud Parents Lovina and Kevin Vincy,Gretta n Dean

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  • Juliana Pinto, Puttur/Dubai

    Mon, Jan 26 2009

    Hearty Congratulations to Proud Parents Lovina and Kevin. May Almighty God Bless Caroline abdundantly and give her more and more success. Keep up the Good Work Caroline and Keep Shining.

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  • Joselyn & Meera Nazareth, Mangalore/Canada

    Sun, Jan 25 2009

    Congratulations Caroline and to you too Kevin and Lovina. We are indeed very happy and feel so proud of your little girl. We have noticed something very special in Caroline from the time she was little. Well done Caroline. Keep up the good work. may you rise and shine in all your endevours. Love and blessings.

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  • Maxim D'Mello, Toronto, Canada

    Sun, Jan 25 2009

    Congratulations on winning the "ONTARIO JUNIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD". We are happy that someone from our Mangalorean Community has won and more happier that it was you - Caroline at the young age of 12 Yrs. On behalf of Mangalorean Association of Canada, I wish you unlimited success in the future. Maxim D'Mello for Mangalorean Association of Canada

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  • Janet Sequeira D'souza, Mangalore/Abu Dhabi

    Sun, Jan 25 2009

    Hats Off to you Little Wonder! Surely walking in the footsteps of Mother Theresa! May God Bless you for your concern for the less fortunate. May you bloom and blossom into a beautiful rose and may your fragrance spread everywhere.

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