Division News Article

Citizenship Award Winner—Jordan Sabad

June 8th, 2020

Jordan Sabad is a Grade 12 student at Vista Virtual School. He was nominated for the Citizenship Award by Teachers Phoebe Arcilla & Shelley Rizzo.

Jordan is a student leader in the YouthSMART Initiative which stands for Youth Supporting Mental Health and Resiliency Together. YouthSMART operates under the Calgary chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and identifies student leaders who work towards transforming the mental health culture of their school. Jordan demonstrates responsibility within this group by not only taking on a lead role, but also sharing information with others, such as the Red Cross Mental Health First Aid Handbook.

Through his role and work in YouthSMART, Jordan demonstrates his ability to work toward goals, while respecting and listening to others. Examples of this are the posters and pamphlets Jordan helped create with other YS members which were posted in exam rooms and shared with students at the school.

In their nomination, Rizzo and Arcilla describe Jordan as honest and dependable, saying he completes all his work on time and openly participates in conversations. He also has the courage to do what is right by standing up for others in need. Jordan is not afraid to speak his mind on some of the mental health concepts that arise in YouthSMART meetings.

Jordan helps and supports others, volunteering for various activities while building and maintaining relationships with other members of YouthSMART. He has a positive attitude and displays kindness to others with his pleasant and friendly personality. He shows concern for others and has been a mentor for some of the younger students in the group.

The school board is pleased to present Jordan with the Citizenship Award for recognition of the positive contributions he makes in his school and community. Congratulations!