It was a special night for two youth of the Devi Mandir on Friday October 2, 2015. Natasha Seeram and Genevieve John were recipients of the DM Youth Leaders in the Community Scholarship program for 2015.
Chad Shew, one of the organizing members of DM Youth made the presentations to the deserving recipients at the DM Youth’s Annual Anniversary Dinner and Dance. In his speech, Chad touched upon the purpose of the scholarships and the accomplishments DM Youth has made in it’s 11 years of operation. “This scholarship is a means of promoting and fostering the skills and talent of young Hindus. It is awarded to students who display leadership qualities and are visibly active in the GTA Hindu community.”
Typically only one scholarship of $1000 is awarded yearly but through an anonymous donor this year, a second scholarship of $500 was also awarded.
Natasha Seeram, the recipient of the $1000 scholarship, is a student from Pickering, Ontario, who plans on studying Psychology at the University of Toronto in Scarborough. Genevieve John who received the $500 scholarship, is a student from Scarborough, Ontario, who plans on pursuing a career in medical administration. Both recipients are active members of the Devi Mandir and DM Youth and volunteer their time regularly for numerous events in the Mandir as well as outside the Mandir.
To date, DM Youth has awarded $9750 in scholarships to deserving youth at the Devi Mandir, a truly remarkable achievement by any Hindu youth organization throughout the Greater Toronto Area. This year DM Youth is celebrating 11 years of active community service and uniting Hindu Youth in the Devi Mandir.
In the keynote address for the evening, Dev Ramkallie, last year’s scholarship recipient spoke on the importance of beliefs and the role youth have in shaping the future by their actions today. “I want to represent a generation of youth that believe in what can be and more importantly, believe in themselves and in humanity as a whole,” said Dev.
The evening was celebration of Hindu youth and after dinner was served the dance floor was opened for everyone to enjoy themselves with the last set up dancers leaving the banquet hall well after 1 am. Hindus can certainly have fun, and in that spirit, DM Youth aims to bring together all Hindu youth through social activities and community outreach.
Congratulations to all the youth on this remarkable achievement!