Cenovus Pays it Forward With Kids Up Front!

26 Oct Cenovus Pays it Forward With Kids Up Front!

Kids Up Front wishes to acknowledge and celebrate our incredible partnership with Cenovus over the years.  Thank you to Megan Marshall and her staff and volunteers who have generously supported Kids Up Front with gifts of time, money and amazing ideas!  Most notably, Kids Up Front is celebrating two years of the Pay It Forward project, which we operated in conjunction with Cenovus volunteers and their support.

They Pay It Forward Project began in 2014 as a way to recognize youth in our community who were engaging in activities to make the world a better place!  It was designed to recognize and honor individual accomplishments, acts of kindness, or those that demonstrated a Pay It Forward attitude in their interactions with others.  We knew there were children out there who deserved to be recognized for the efforts they were making to improve their neighborhoods, schools, or the programs they attended.

Children have an incredible way of looking out for each other, sometimes in challenging circumstances.  We think of a little guy who was nominated for the project as he was helping children get home from school each day, organizing an informal “walking school bus” to help younger students cross at street corners and get home safely.  We think of the sisters who help their sibling who uses a wheelchair with activities of daily living and also volunteer to help others in their community.  We think of the teen who volunteers to help newcomers learn English after himself immigrating less than a year before.   We think of children who organize events to fundraise for worthy causes.

There have been 24 Pay It Forward Project events since 2014!  We also wish to thank our wonderful partner agencies and their staff and volunteers who took the time to complete nomination forms, pass along event information and waivers, share photos and stories, and make this program a success! We could not have done it without you. The commitment and passion of those who work on the front line each and every day is evident; thank you for taking the time to nominate deserving youth for this program, and helping them to have amazing opportunities!

Our final Pay It Forward event will be an incredible celebration at We Day on October 26, 2016 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Kids Up Front is hosting 33 deserving youth at this incredible event, which features the always inspiring Craig and Marc Kielburger, Chris Hadfield, Paula Abdul, Classified, Brett Kissel, Rick Hansen, and many more. Kids Up Front is looking forward to the next year of new and exciting events in collaboration Cenovus.

Thank you Cenovus!