Loveleen Sidhu, PEIF Fund Mentee, 2017, is a recipient of the Kinsmen Salute to Youth Award 2017, which recognizes students who have contributed extensively to their communities through volunteer work. Loveleen’s award includes a $1,000 scholarship, an engraved plaque that acknowledges her contribution to the Edmonton community, as well as a permanent plaque for the school attended by the student, which will be engraved annually with the name of the winner. The motto of the Kinsmen Club of Edmonton’s Community is “Serving the Community’s Greatest Needs”. Thus, the youth service award emphasizes demonstrated commitment to the community and to helping others – qualities that Loveleen has demonstrated abundantly.
As a member of the Stollery Youth Council, Loveleen advocates for the improvement of the lifestyle of sick kids at the Stollery Childrens’ Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. Loveleen has also volunteered at the Stollery Family Classic – an initiative to raise funds for the Stollery Hospital Foundation. She also served as a member of a Health and Wellness committee, which worked to create a district-wide mental health conference in April 2017 to educate students and teachers on breaking the stigma around mental illness. In April 2016, Loveleen was part of a team that promoted a fundraiser for a 24-hour bikeathon that raised $93,000 for a local charity. In 2016, Loveleen further served as Project Manager of the Helping Hampers Campaign, an Edmonton food drive that provides resources to four less-fortunate families in the community. At the end of the campaign, the donations gathered were sufficient to provide each family with necessary resources for one year. Loveleen has also mentored students at the T.D. Baker School to ease the transition process for students graduating from junior high school to high school. She has volunteered at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Turkey Drive to raise donations for the Edmonton Food Bank and at the Festival of Trees event, which raised money for the University Hospital Foundation.
Loveleen’s remarkable and inspiring service to her community is evidence of her altruism and commitment to the wellbeing of others. A member of the Kinsmen organization personally presented the award to Loveleen at her institution’s annual awards ceremony.