THE FRANCE-ANNE SWEENY “MAKING A DIFFERENCE” FUND:
GRADE 11 AWARD

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 Heights 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 fund/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.

General Information

The Grade 11 Award and Graduate Award is a two-tiered program available in all secondary schools within the Catholic and Public boards. The Award, presented to a grade 11 student, is the first level of the program. Each high school, through an application process, will select one grade 11 Award winner who will have $100 donated to a charity of their choice. Recipients of the Grade 11 Award will also be eligible to apply for one of ten, $1000 Graduate Awards in their graduating year. Only recipients of the Grade 11 Award will be eligible to apply for the Graduate Award.

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. She was an inspiration to us all.

Selection Criteria:

Recipients of the Grade 11 Award will be well rounded students, who most closely mirror the achievement and citizenship values inspired by France-Anne Sweeny. They will also demonstrate balance in the following areas:

  1. making positive differences to the lives of others
  2. empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others
  3. openness to the perspectives, values and traditions of others
  4. commitment to service
  5. commitment to learning

Eligibility

Applicants must be a grade 11 student at one of the Catholic or Public secondary schools within Waterloo Region.

Application Requirements

Applications are available at your Guidance Office or online at www.france-anne.org
Candidates will submit two copies of all required documentation.

Completed application form

  1. Candidate Statement (250-300 words) describing your favorite charity and why.
  2. One letter of reference from your school attesting to candidate’s volunteer work within either their school or community.
  3. If possible, one letter of support from your favourite charity. Although not necessary, this would be helpful in understanding your involvement.

Deadline

To be submitted to your high school guidance counselor (see current application form for this year’s deadline).

Decisions

Award applicants will be reviewed and a winner selected locally by each school.

Disbursement of Funds and Acknowledgment

In May, the schools’ foundations will forward a letter of acknowledgement and plaque to the school for presentation to the student at an appropriate time (Awards Assembly). The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation will forward the France-Anne Sweeny “Making A Difference” Award to the identified charities on the recipient’s behalf.