The 2020 Danielle Horwitz Social Justice Award recipients are Ms. Marlowe Zimmerman, Mr. Cole Bowering, and Ms. Lucy Luo.
2020 Award Recipient Marlowe Zimmerman
Marlowe Zimmerman is honoured to be the recipient for the Danielle Horwitz award this year.
Marlowe has been an integral part of her school’s Student Council, Interact Club, and Random Acts of Kindness Committee. Along with various volunteer positions, she is always working to make the world a better place. She has attended multiple leadership conferences, events, and seminars in the hopes of bringing awareness to social inequality and mental health.
Throughout her secondary school experiences, Marlowe has received various awards including Academic Excellence in Chemistry, Outstanding Commitment in Physical Education and Drama, and has received Principal’s honour roll status multiple times.
Marlowe will be attending Western University in the Faculty of Science in the Foods and Nutrition program where she hopes to become a Dietician in order to bring awareness to physical and mental health in dance.
She would like to thank her school’s faculty, counsellors, and her family for helping her achieve this honourable award.
2020 Award Recipient Cole Bowering
My name is Cole Bowering and I am the 2020 recipient of the Danielle Horwitz Social Justice Award. I am deeply honored and blessed to have been recognized to receive this award and scholarship.
Throughout my five years at Point Grey Secondary School, I have been committed to various different clubs and organizations that provided relief to communities all across the globe. From grades 8 to 10, I was deeply involved in raising funds for children in third world countries through the World Vision Club. We would collect funds from our community and donate to developing villages and monitor the progress and the impact we had on these communities.
As I entered my senior years at Point Grey, I felt that I wanted to become more hands-on within my own community. This is when I joined a new club at Point Grey known as Alley Outreach. We would organize walks on Vancouver’s downtown eastside and provide socks, granola bars, ponchos, and gloves to the expanding homeless population that has arisen in our city. We also listened to their stories and hoped to make them feel heard and cared for.
I quickly became nominated as grade 11 liaison of the club which provided me with more opportunities to organize events and reach out to this vulnerable community. In my grade 12 year I was named President of Alley Outreach and I was able to organize outreach walks on the downtown eastside before the globe was hit by COVID-19. This meant we had to forgo our barbecue in Oppenheimer Park that traditionally happens in June, providing hot dogs, hamburgers, and drinks for the whole community.
As for next year, I will be attending the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. Throughout all of the uncertainty for the fall semester, this scholarship goes a long way to help ease that burden.
My hope is that through being named the recipient of the Danielle Horwitz Social Justice Award winner I can continue the legacy of providing help in communities and set examples for younger students that have ambitions and aspirations to do the same. In my future success, I will continue to honor not only Danielle but the past recipients of this award and those who will demonstrate great commitment to social issues.
Cole Bowering Point Grey
2020 Award Recipient Lucy Luo
Hi! I am Lucy Luo, and I am beyond honored to be the recipient of the 2020 Danielle Horwitz Social Justice Award.
As a first-generation immigrant growing up with a cross-cultural perspective, I have witnessed injustices of many scales; from traditional oppression of women to uprooted immigrants and refugees to casual verbal violence the LGBTQ+ students experience in their own communities.
Over the last 5 years at Sir Charles Tupper Secondary, I was keen to contribute to an inclusive community by volunteering and advocating for underrepresented students. I have been Involved in the Youth 4 Change club to fundraise for various projects with the WE Organization, and have led our school’s newspaper club in my senior year. The Student Voice Program, the Tupper Communities School’s Team and Student Council are some other groups that have taught me about the power of community.
I’m excited to begin my undergraduate studies at UBC to pursue a double major in Behavioral Neuroscience and Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. I will continue to chip away at barriers for marginalized groups and build bridges between cultures. Having experienced first-hand benefits of the restorative, reconciling effects of art, I will also advocate for accessible arts resources for underprivileged youths.
Having read about Ms. Dani Horwitz’s legacy, I will, with my most earnest efforts, honour her by working hard to make the world a little better through activism and education.