Student recognized with national service award

By on April 12, 2018
Simren Panghli and the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers. (Cole Wagner/Herald).


A senior student at Merritt Secondary School will receive national recognition for her years of volunteer service with various clubs and organizations in the Nicola Valley.

Simren Panghli has spent countless hours of her time helping out at the Nicola Valley Food Bank, as well as many other service groups.

Her lifelong dedication to helping other people earned her the honour of being named as a recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, awarded on behalf of the Governor General of Canada.

“Any person who is a Canadian citizen and who has made significant, sustained and unpaid contributions to their community in Canada or abroad is eligible. Candidates must have demonstrated an exemplary commitment through their dedicated volunteerism,” states an excerpt from the award’s description on the Governor General’s webpage. “The Medal is awarded to individuals only, not to groups or couples.”

Panghli plans to attend Thompson Rivers University in the fall to pursue a goal of becoming a teacher. 

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