The Canadian Tamil Youth Alliance held its first ever Top Talents Awards Gala and Dinner last Friday, June 18. Top Talents was created to recognize and celebrate the achievements of Tamil youth aged 17-30 by recognizing and rewarding talented youth among the community with an award and a $500 bursary. Its aim was to motivate youth to achieve greater success by recognizing and rewarding those youth who have contributed to society and are positive role models for their peers.
Today we will look at the profile of the winner of the CTYA Top Talents Tamil Language Award, Tharnya Gengathata.
The Top Talents Tamil Language Award is presented to one individual who demonstrate perseverance, determination and passion for learning. Decisions are made based on the applicant’s personal statement and references (if submitted) by a panel of judges. The selection panel is interested in the nominee’s overall academic success, leadership qualities, determination, and commitment to the cultivation of the Tamil Language.
Tharnya has demonstrated excellence and genuine interest in the learning and cultivation of the Tamil language. She has taken Tamil Language classes through the Ministry of Education, receiving no mark lower than 95%. Not only in Tamil classes has she excelled, but she in an honour roll student, and has received many awards at her high school awards ceremonies. This has earned her the award of best female student. In addition to learning the Tamil language, she has shown commitment to the encouraging fellow youth to learn Tamil. She volunteers her time with junior Tamil students at the Tamil Academy, where she assist students from grades 1-8 on a weekly basis answering comprehension questions, spelling problems, and assisting with reading.
She has also volunteered at the Tamil Multicultural Services, where she assisted with paperwork and in putting together the new library. She has also been actively engaged with the Tamil Students Association, and has assisted in many of their events. In addition to her dedication towards the Tamil language, she has participated in various organizations, fundraising and volunteering more than 1400 hours of community service with the Toronto East General Hospital, Albert Campbell’s Leading to Reading Program, Providence senior’s Healthcare, Oakridge Community Centre, Tamil Academy Girl’s Impact Committee, Student Council and TSA. She has worked tirelessly towards making her community a better place, and has committed herself to volunteering her time towards nurturing the Tamil language. Her dedication and commitment to the Tamil culture and language make her an ideal recipient of this award.
“Firstly, Tharnya is an excellent student. She has progressed beautifully through her four years of Ministry of Education Tamil courses, receiving no mark lower than 95%. While it is to a student’s advantage to speak an international language at home, it is an outstanding student who puts her heart and mind into a subject. This is what Tharnya has done. Her marks from Level A through D have been: 98% and 95% for the last three years following.” – Felicia McVannel, Guidance Counsellor