Each month of the school year, the Rotary Club of Duncan is pleased to recognize a local student from one of the secondary schools in the valley as "Student of the Month" as selected by their Principal and teacher. Going beyond scholastic merit, we look forward to honouring exceptional students who gladly use their time and talents to contribute to their school and community - values for which Rotary is known. The award traditionally includes participation at our Rotary luncheon (virtually via our ZOOM meeting) for the winning recipient and guests, a $100 cheque and certificate, and an opportunity to hear from both their teacher and ideally a few words from this inspiring young person. We also look forward to sharing their story in an upcoming edition of the Cowichan Valley Citizen!
 
Queen Margaret’s Deputy Head of School Ander Monro was delighted to recommend Jason Cheng for this special recognition as a stand-out videographer of his school community... Read more below!
Even as our club navigated the latest Covid-safe recommendations and our month-long Fall Online Auction, we reached out on October 20th to Queen Margaret’s School to select their student for the month with a plan to meet with us online at our Monday, November 2nd noon hour ZOOM video conference call. Queen Margaret’s Deputy Head of School Ander Monro was delighted to recommend Jason Cheng for this special recognition as a stand-out videographer of his school community. Attributing his current level of knowledge to being self-taught from YouTube in camera and drone operation, the encouragement Jason has received from his teachers and peers has fueled an already intense passion for excellence in visual storytelling. Mr. Monro told us a story of how Jason insisted on forgoing his usual dinner so he wouldn’t miss a moment of the Halloween festivities, darting around campus “busier than a little ant”. For Jason’s part, it was easy to see the joy he experiences in creating these expertly edited and polished videos! We were invited to view Jason’s work posted to the school’s social media on Instagram and Facebook (which we shared to our accounts also!). QMS is undoubtedly “so supportive” of Jason’s efforts, according to his family who joined us on the call and are grateful for the extra affirmation this award brings. They were interested to learn more about Rotary Youth programs such as RYLA (the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards workshops) which could be of benefit in Jason’s future. Afterwards on Thursday, November 5th, Rotary Club of Duncan President Gregg Perry and Student of the Month coordinator Kim Barnard met with Ander Monro and Jason Cheng in the entrance garden at QMS to formally present his certificate and cheque, with Kevin Rothbauer from the Cowichan Valley Citizen newspaper reporting and taking a socially-distanced group photo. Special thanks to Duncan PrintCraft for kindly donating their high quality award certificate printing from our supplied file.
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The Rotary Club of Duncan was established in 1930 and has been “Giving Back to the Community” ever since, in the spirit of the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self." For more information about the Rotary Club of Duncan, including information about our other Youth Programs, please find us online at our website https://portal.clubrunner.ca/672/. You can also find us regularly sharing our stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! #RotaryOpensOpportunities