The winner of this year’s Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award can’t talk long when a reporter calls — she has $5 bracelets made from recycled jewellery to sell at an event to raise money for the Philip Aziz Centre, a non-profit hospice program in Toronto for people with life-limiting illnesses.
She’s only 16, but Brooke Harrison, founder of the youth advisory council for the centre, has the sort of dazzling background that makes her a natural for the award, given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter.
“I can’t imagine my life without helping people,” says Harrison. The council has raised more than $79,000 through golf tournaments and fundraising drives.
The Aurora teen is the youngest of seven individuals and groups being honoured today at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.