Katie Flynn, an 18-year old student of Forteau, Labrador, has received the TD Scholarship for Community Leadership valued at $70,000.
The scholarship includes an offer of summer employment, mentorship opportunities and invitations to annual gatherings.
Flynn is the daughter of Dean and Nancy Flynn of Forteau.
According to a news release, Flynn's community leadership is extensive. She had been an advocate for youth in her community and a volunteer. She was instrumental in starting a student council at her school - the first student council in over 20 years - and was elected president.
She arranged for training for other council members and created a policy manual to help guide student council members in the future.
Some of her past involvements were: youth representative on the Forteau Municipal Council, the Labrador Strait's Development Corporation and the Diocesan Mission Committee, lay minister in the parish of Forteau, school council secretary, Provincial Youth Advisory Committee representative, member of Futures in Newfoundland and Labrador's Youth Provincial Council, member of Advisory Committee for the Center for Distance Learning and Innovation, as well as Communications Stewardship and Congregational Development Officer at St. Peter's Church.
Flynn is taking three of her Level III courses through distance education and is maintaining a 90+ academic average.
She also enjoys painting, playing guitar and outdoor activities as well as volleyball, ball hockey, broomball and karate. She also enjoys target shooting, snowmobiling and cooking, and recently started her own business through the Youth Ventures Program which involves painting outdoor scenes and rock painting.
Flynn is pursuing a career in Leadership Studies Bachelor Program at Renaissance College at the University of New Brunswick.