by Rhonda Massad
Collège Gérald Godin’s graduating student, Sarina Lalla, was awarded the Lieutenant Governor Medal by the Honourable Pierre Duchesne at a ceremony on April 18.
The medal is awarded to Quebecers recognized for their involvement, determination and constant striving to have a positive influence in their community.
At 19, Sarina Lalla met the criteria for the medal with a long list of community involvement both in and out of school. Lalla is a classical pianist and vocalist, writer and community activist.
Lalla is currently working as an ambassador for the Canadian Young Scientist Journal and hopes to publish an article in conjunction with The Montreal Children’s Hospital’s oncology department. She actively writes for the school newspaper, is the president of the student association and volunteers at the Lakeshore General Hospital as a secretary in their pathology lab.
This spring, Lalla’s fundraising project was chosen in the West Island Community Shares, Y2 contest for young fundraisers on the West Island. She won a $500 scholarship and an additional $500 to donate to a charity of her choice. She chose West Island Caner Wellness Center in Beaconsfield.
Her fundraising project, Color My Community Marathon, will become a reality this coming May 11 at Collège Gérald Godin at 11 a.m.
In partnership with our Y2- Youth Empowering Youth program and Cégep Gérald Godin, this 5k/3k walk or run will take place at the main campus of the Cégep with all the proceeds going to West Island Community Shares. Throughout the run colored paint will be thrown on the runners.