This year I was honored to win the YMCA Peace Medallion award. This award honors those whom advocate for peace and justice in a local and/or global community.
Below is what was written on the YMCA website.
The 2014 Peace Medallion recipients
Richmond Hill 2014 Peace Medallion Recipient
Muriam has a habit of inspiring others. She launched a chapter of Amnesty International at her Toronto high school, and is also involved in her school’s Moral Courage club, which works towards justice and peace at her school, in part by helping to prevent bullying. Muriam also led a letter-writing campaign last year, during which she lobbied more than 200 students to pick one of four cases to address injustice and human rights issues.
Muriam embraces the notion of a shared adolescence and a collective nationalism; for her, all adolescents in Canada should be speaking in one vibrant voice reflecting the potential of their generation. She is steadfast in her determination to raise awareness among young people of the plight of the First Nations peoples in Ontario. With an empathetic lens, she has sought to hear from First Nations teens and to understand their unique challenges. Muriam has undertaken an independent research project documenting the voices of adolescents in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI); she has attended the Lieutenant-Governor’s First Nations Forum at Queens Park in 2014; she has spoken as a guest lecturer at Crescent Boys School, Upper Canada College, Toronto Montessori School, Country Day School, and Richmond Hill Montessori School to grades 5 through 12; and she has created an educational website (www.onenationtwoworlds.com).
Locally, Muriam is making Toronto and Richmond Hill schools aware of the particular obstructions that First Nations youth face in their daily lives. For example, when she heard that First Nations students often lack very rudimentary school supplies, Muriam implemented a fundraising plan for those in need at Big Trout Lake. She also spearheaded a clothing drive for families at KI to highlight the lack of proper winter clothing.