Leejoo Hwang Wins Community Leader Award

An energetic student whose gentle leadership style inspires and mobilizes people across Surrey

Leejoo’s ability to influence people first became evident online where he created a Facebook fan page that quickly reached 17,000 ‘likes.’ He later developed with a friend the ‘Silent Voices of Greater Vancouver’ project, an online blog that gives voice to people living on the street.

He founded the Local Development Club at Fraser Heights Secondary School, a club that is active in a number of community projects such as a school garden and building the Little Free Libraries initiative. He is active on the Oak Avenue Resident Advisory Committee, Surrey Leadership Youth Council and the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities youth team. He has volunteered at Science World and currently volunteers with a number of City of Surrey programs along with Reading Buddies program at Guildford Library.

“It’s important for me to give back to my community because it gives me a sense of belonging,” Leejoo says. “In a big world like this, it’s very easy to feel like a drop of water in an ocean but contributing to this ocean gives you a chance to meet new people and explore different corners.”

Leejoo was chosen as one of the top 150 students in Canada to travel to Ottawa and participate in the Canada 150 Youth Forum with former Governor General David Johnston. As a drummer and hip hop dancer, Leejoo also uses music and dance to bring people together. He played in the youth band at his church, hosted a street-dancing workshop at the Surrey Skill Share Fair and performed at the Dr. Ambedkar Chetna Awards Night.

“I could talk about the awards that I’ve won but I am most proud of my growth,” Leejoo says. “Through volunteering I’ve met incredible individuals who have helped me grow and develop. I went from being a quiet, shy student into an engaging, passionate individual and overall a better person.”

Leejoo is currently studying business at Simon Fraser University.

See the full summary of Community Leader Awards in this article in the Now Leader Newspaper.

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