Charlie Lake student receives ALS Society leadership award

Charlie Lake Elementary student Addison Tolsma is the 2019 recipient of the ALS Society of BC Leader of Tomorrow Award.

The award recognizes youth and young adults under the age of 25 who, either individually or as part of a group, is making a difference in the lives of those living with ALS through their volunteer efforts, including fundraising, advocacy, public awareness, or going above and beyond to care for an individual living with ALS by providing assistance, companionship, and support.

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Tolsma has participated in the Fort St. John Walk to End ALS since its inception in 2018. The first year, Tolsma raised more than $1,000 and last year raised a whopping $2,125. As the top fundraiser at her school, Tolsma won the privilege of being the Principal for a Day.

The award was presented virtually on Nov. 27 from the ALS Society of BC office located in Richmond, with Tolsma and her mom Jackie videoing in from Fort St John.

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