Attila Olesevitch volunteers for many community events.

Lynn Papp Award winner is a shining light

Attila Olesevitch, a Grade 12 student at Pitt Meadows secondary, is happy and excited to have won.

Attila Olesevitch has been awarded this year’s Lynn Papp Community Service Award.

The Grade 12 student at Pitt Meadows secondary is happy and excited to have won.

The award is given to a Pitt Meadows youth member who displays the greatest amount of community spirit and involvement without the expectation of personal gain or recognition.

Olesevitch was nominated by his guidance counsellor, Penny Griffin, for his volunteer work in the community.

Even though he only needed 30 hours of volunteer work to fulfill his school’s graduation requirements, Olesevitch has well exceeded 100 hours.

He has volunteered at Winter Wonderland, Remembrance Day, Pitt Meadows Day, the Pitt Meadows Easter Egg Hunt, the Save-On Foods B.C. Children’s Hospital Fundraiser, the Terry Fox Run and Earth Day.

He has also helped out at the Highland Park elementary and Edit McDermott elementary school carnivals and sold tickets for his school’s basketball tournaments.

His favourite event, though, is A Pitt Meadows Christmas.

“It’s the most lively event in Pitt Meadows apart from Pitt Meadows Day and I have helped light the tree both years,” said Olesevitch.

Olesevitch plans on continuing his education in either engineering or mathematics at either the British Columbia Institute for Technology or Simon Fraser University.

“I just like solving problems, and as long as you keep trying you get an answer,” Olesevitch said.

But he does want to thank his guidance counsellor for nominating him.

“She’s helped me a lot. She’s helped me with my scholarship applications and applying to universities, as well as the references on my resume,” he said.

Lynn Papp was a long-standing member of the Pitt Meadows Day Society who passed away in February 2000. She was an ardent volunteer in the community, especially with the Ridge Meadows Minor Baseball Association.

The award will be presented officially to Olesevitch on Pitt Meadows Day during the on-stage ceremonies.

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