Student to Be on Canada AM Wednesday

August 14, 2007 - In the News

Yvonne Su, a 17-year-old who will be attending U of G in the fall, will be featured on CTV's Canada AM Wednesday as part of its "Amazing Canadian Kids" series.

Su is being recognized for setting up a successful student-run recycling program and environmental club at her high school, Dr. John M. Denison Secondary School in Newmarket, Ont. She has also travelled around Canada making presentations about the positive and negative impacts of people's daily choices on the environment.

The Canada AM report will also highlight how she converted part of her parents' Chinese food store into a "poverty awareness centre" and launched her own anti-poverty campaign, Aware 4 Change, which supports four international anti-poverty initiatives.

Su set up the poverty awareness centre as a course project for Guelph's Jump Start program. Jump Start brings new Guelph students together over the summer in physical and virtual classrooms to introduce them to the university experience. The students are enrolled in an interdisciplinary course, Making Poverty History, and are studying the nature and realities of poverty, as well as local, regional and international perspectives.

Su plans to study environmental science at U of G. In June, she was named among the "Top 20 Under 20" by the Globe and Mail and a panel of judges who are all members of the Order of Canada.

CTV's "Amazing Kids" series is a five-part segment that begins airing on Canada AM Wednesday. Other young people who are being featured include an 11-year-old homeless advocate, an 18-year-old violin prodigy and a 15-year-old leukemia patient who has raised money for education and research.

Canada AM airs from 6:30 to 9 a.m.

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