2023 Recipient: Jordyn Mackey, Cobourg Collegiate Institute
The 2023 Rodger Henderson Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Jordyn Mackey, a graduating student from Cobourg Collegiate Institute in Cobourg. Jordyn is planning to start a BSc in Marine Biology at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia in the fall.
Jordyn has been heavily involved in her school's social justice initiatives, including being co-president of the school Interact club, an active force for social justice within the CCI and Cobourg communities. The Interact Club is supported by the Cobourg Rotary Club and encourages students to work in the spirit of their motto, "service above self". Students aim to take action to make a difference in the school, the community, and internationally.
Projects that Jordyn helped to oversee included the Halloween for Hunger food bank campaign, Coats for Kids for the Salvation Army, the annual CCI community dinner, Operation Smile, and End Polio Now.
As a student with indigenous heritage with the Inuit and Metis people of Labrador, Jordyn deeply and passionately understands the need for social justice both in Canada and around the world. In the essay component of her application, she notes that "Ten Thousand Villages shines a light onto beautiful artisans, showcasing their inspired works, and creating fair trade. It is a vital step in the right direction to raise awareness for those in developing countries."
Jordyn has always been fascinated with the world's oceans and aquatic life and and is looking forward to starting more intensive studies into these areas this fall. Congratulations to Jordyn on all her accomplishments to date, and the many more that are sure to follow.