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Community Heroes: Rotary of St. John’s Northwest names speak-off winner

(From left)  Club President Claude Sullivan, Runner-Up Alyssa Cutler, Winner Patrick Breen and Tracey Hennessey, Chair of Speak-Off Committee.
(From left) Club President Claude Sullivan, Runner-Up Alyssa Cutler, Winner Patrick Breen and Tracey Hennessey, Chair of Speak-Off Committee.

Patrick Breen of O’Donel High School was declared the winner of the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest’s annual Adventure in Citizenship speak-off during a recent event. Breen spoke on the topic of Taking Risks and Facing Your Fears. He has been awarded an all-expenses paid trip to Ottawa aimed at enhancing a greater understanding and appreciation of citizenship in Canada. Alyssa Cutler of Prince of Wales Collegiate was declared the first runner-up with her topic on Understanding Mental Illness. Adventure in Citizenship is one of the leading speaking competitions for high school students in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest hosted top speakers from six high schools throughout the St. John’s and surrounding area, which this year included O’Donel High School, St. Bonaventure’s College, Holy Trinity High School, Gonzaga High School, Waterford Valley High School and Prince of Wales Collegiate. The four day trip, organized by the Rotary Club of Ottawa, will take place in early May and includes meetings with MPs, the Speaker and staff members of the House of Commons, as well as tours of the Parliament Buildings and other Ottawa landmarks. There will also be the opportunity to build friendships with some 200 other winners from similar competitions at Rotary Clubs across Canada.

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