Can One Person Make a Difference?
Absolutely! This high school student certainly did.
France-Anne Sweeny tragically lost her life as a result of a horse-back riding accident in May 2009. Without question France-Anne was an exceptional young woman. She had a wonderful sense of humour and smile that could light up a room. Her engaging personality allowed her to easily connect with whomever she met. She also had a sense of purpose and a passion to make the world a better place. A victim of bullying herself, she had a very compelling story to tell, which she told in many different ways: as a member of Cameron Height’s Collegiate W.A.Y. V. E. (Working Against Youth Violence Everywhere) Club; speaking at suicide prevention workshops, and through her every day interactions with others. France-Anne always saw the best in everyone she met, and worked tirelessly to be the best she could be. She was an inspiration to us all.
It was this passion, this “love for life” and this ability to touch so many lives that inspired her parents to create this foundation and the ”Making A Difference” Awards which will acknowledge and reward these qualities in other young people in our local schools. Not only will France-Anne’s name live on, but her passion and sense of mission will live on through the recipients of these awards for many years to come.