Youth Award named for Area Teen

The Long Point World Biosphere Foundation has established a new award program to support Norfolk
County students in attending the annual Ontario Nature Youth Summit.  The award will be the focus for fundraising through special events and around GivingTuesday (November 28th) this year (2023).

The program and fund will be named the Isabella Brink-Read Youth Summit award or “the Bella Bursary” in memory of a fifteen-year-old Ancaster student who died tragically in July 2021 as a result of injuries sustained in a road mishap earlier in the year.

Isabella, who was known for her love of sports, art, music, and animals, was much loved by her family, which has strong ties to Norfolk County. Her mother Cynthia Brink is the Long Point Biosphere manager of outreach and education.

“Though Bella did not have the opportunity to pursue her dreams and to realize her full potential, the award will help other young people do so,” said Tom Via, Biosphere Chair. “By participating in the Youth Summit, Norfolk County students will build leadership skills and gain experience needed to contribute to a sustainable future.”

The Ontario Nature Youth Summit brings young people around Bella’s age (fourteen-twenty years old) together
for a weekend of nature exploration, environmental learning, and outdoor fun each September.

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