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These stories about local youth taking action to make a difference in our community are made possible through the continued support of Sunshine Super Wash. as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Local teen realizes dream, helps Team Ontario win national title

Local teen realizes dream, helps Team Ontario win national title

'It’s something I had always dreamed of accomplishing when I was younger but never thought of it as an obtainable goal,' says Orillia lacrosse player
Local singer to compete in CNE's Rising Star talent competition

Local singer to compete in CNE's Rising Star talent competition

'It's nerve-wracking, but it's also going to be an experience,' said 11-year-old Ruby Manias, who will sing in this year's Rising Star competition at the CNE
Orillia Lady Kings standouts 'giving back' through summer clinic

Orillia Lady Kings standouts 'giving back' through summer clinic

'I want them to understand the importance of lacrosse, being a student-athlete, and all the gates it can open in life,' says Orillia player-coach
Orillia teen dances his way into National Ballet of Canada

Orillia teen dances his way into National Ballet of Canada

'Having this opportunity is truly amazing,' says Kolton Ruyter, 13, who adds: 'It means a lot because I’ve spent countless hours practising'
Local skateboarder stumbles on trick to success on TikTok

Local skateboarder stumbles on trick to success on TikTok

'It’s almost a metaphor for life. If you give up, you will never be able to do it. If you keep going, you can achieve a lot of things,' says OSS grad with passion for social media
Local rapper drops 'personal' EP reflecting on his music journey

Local rapper drops 'personal' EP reflecting on his music journey

PF grad Tie Bond releases Welcome to Hollywood; 'I’m definitely excited for what’s on the horizon for me,' says rapper, encouraging local youth to chase their dreams
Terriers superfan ignites joy in hockey community <b>(6 photos)</b>

Terriers superfan ignites joy in hockey community (6 photos)

'He definitely brings the best out in a lot of people and reminds you what’s important in life,' says Terriers manager of Max Weaver who is well known in local rinks
Local students discover Halloween treats generate scary amount of waste <b>(4 photos)</b>

Local students discover Halloween treats generate scary amount of waste (4 photos)

Grade 7 student Elora DeWolfsmith rallied her class to gather, sort and send four boxes of candy wrappers, with persuasive letters, back to manufacturers
Local students put giving on the menu for Christmas <b>(3 photos)</b>

Local students put giving on the menu for Christmas (3 photos)

Grade 9 students at Twin Lakes Secondary School made 200 holiday dinners for Orillians; 'It feels really good to know we helped that many people,' says student
OSS students give gift of music to local nursing homes <b>(3 photos)</b>

OSS students give gift of music to local nursing homes (3 photos)

'I thought it was so nice to have the young people come. I think it was good for them, and it was good for us,' says Trillium Manor resident of OSS quartet