Diocese of Hamilton Student Award: Rebecca Gunnarson
Rebecca Gunnarson is the recipient of the Diocese of Hamilton Student Award from Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School in Cambridge.
For most of her life, Rebecca has participated in activities both within school and in the community that have exemplified her Catholic Leadership Qualities. She has helped with the Cambridge Right to Life organization, participating in most of the Life Chains and Walk for Life events in her community. Last year at the National March for Life, Rebecca spoke at the Candlelight vigil to share her story of adoption and her desire to stand up and fight for the rights of unborn children.
In grade 8, as part of a Catholic Youth Club, she volunteered her time at nursing homes in the Toronto area. Her passion for volunteerism continued throughout her high school years with the Right to Life organization and with the Cambridge Christian Gleaners, an organization dedicated to ending world hunger by drying and packaging foods to be sent to Third World countries.
Within the school community, Rebecca helped Student Council collect canned food for the homeless during multiple school years. She has been one of the voices on their morning announcements often leading the school in prayer and Christian meditation. Even through the COVID-19 lockdown, Rebecca has been participating, helping Campaign Life Coalition to organize and send out hundreds of Easter Cards in support of women in Maternity homes across Canada. Rebecca is also an active member of St. Ambrose Parish where she acts as a lector during Sunday masses. Rebecca is a true example of a disciple of Jesus!
The Diocese of Hamilton Award is given to a student in the graduating class in every high school across the Diocese at the end of every school year. The Award recognizes a student in the graduating class who has attained high academic proficiency and exemplifies Catholic leadership qualities, Christian values and a commitment to service in the community.