The Global Community Alliance held its 7th annual Gala and Award Ceremony at the end of February. The event was hosted and organized by Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School teacher Moses Pratt at the Ottawa Sheraton Hotel. The Global Community Alliance strives to identify and recognize the efforts of individuals, organizations, and businesses who serve as community role models and aim to make a difference within our diverse community.
At this year's gala, Moses Abayomi Pratt was a recipient of the United Way Community Builder Award, an award that recognizes those who lead by example, contribute their time and think of innovative ways to make positive changes within their community.
Awards were also presented to four Ottawa Catholic School Board students in the Youth Achievement category, including one of our own students:
Cassandra Rousseau is a student at St. Peter High School and is an active member of her school community. She currently serves as the co-president of her school's students' council, serves as a peer helper, social justice leader, and Link Crew camp counsellor. Cassandra has been an active participant in the peer assistance camp, OCSB peace conferences, Student Senate, St. Peter High School girl's touch football team, and attended multiple We Day events. Cassandra strives to better her school community, local community and other communities worldwide.
Samantha Momy, a student from Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School, has a keen interest in any group or organization that promotes positivity and change. She attended We Day for her involvement in the Water 4 Rafiki fundraiser, where she raised money to build a well in Rafiki so women in the area would not have to travel far distances for water. Samantha was also a grade representative on our school's students' council and in her spare time, volunteers at homeless shelters such as the Ottawa Mission. She participated in the Ontario Justice Education Network Law Day Secondary Mock Trial Tournament and hopes to work in the area of Law in the future.
Alison Pratt is a student at Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School who is also very involved with her school community. She served on her students' council for the last five years in various roles including vice president, and co-president. Alison strives to create a welcoming environment at school, and has been involved in a peer-mentoring program as part of the leadership team. She started an initiative at her school called CLIMB (Confident Loving Inspired Motivated Beautiful), which is a daylong event for grade 7 and 8 female students, focusing on building self-esteem and resiliency. Social justice is extremely important to Alison, and she hopes to continue to make a difference in her local and global communities.
Organizer, Moses Pratt says these awards continue to be an important part of Ottawa's Black History Month. "The awards are nice, but the most important aspect of this event is in bringing members of different communities together, and the best way to get to know each is to interact." The event also took place as a fundraising initiative for the Dominica Relief Project which was established following the devastation by Tropical Storm Erika on August 27, 2015. Due to the success of the sold out gala, Pratt was able to present a cheque for $750 to the Dominica Relief Fund.