It wasn’t intended as an April Fools joke, but it seems to have played out that way.
For all young people in Langley who were led to believe April 1 was the deadline for nominations for the new Rotary Clubs’ SASSY Awards – well, the joke may be on them, said Daniel Bennett, the co-chair of the new Sassy Awards organizing committee.
In actuality, the deadline has been extended to April 15, giving Rotarians a chance to make one final push for nominations before the review process begins.
SASSY (Service Above Self Student Youth) Awards is a new initiative started this year by the four Rotary Clubs of Langley.
It is designed to recognize youth 15 to 21 years of age in eight different categories: community service, international service, performing arts, visual arts, overcoming adversity, sportsmanship, youth leadership, and environmental leadership.
“Some really high quality [nominations] have come in,” Bennett said.
An awards event is being held May 6 at the Chief Sepass Theatre in Fort Langley, where one youth in each categories will receive a $1,000 bursary – $500 of which must be donated to a registered charity of their choice – plus a SASSY trophy. Rotary Clubs around the world are known for a number of their youth initiatives including the Rotary Youth Exchange, leadership initiatives, and Rotaract.
The SASSY program is relatively new. It was originated six years ago in the neighbouring communities of Surrey and White Rock.
Nominations are still being accepted until April 15, and forms are available online at sassyawardslangley.ca/.