On 28 May, Ms. Goldenberg announced the elected valedictorian for MGCI’s Class of 2014 – Zameer Bharwani.
Zameer Bharwani has been involved in MGCI’s extracurricular activities since Grade 9. One of his first accomplishments was organizing funds and process for the Scope mural in the galleria through Art Council.
Earlier this year, he was recognized for raising extensive amounts of money for the charity Initiative for Neuroscience and Dementia (I.N.D), of which he was the founder and president of the MGCI branch for the past two years. He also volunteered at Sunnybrook Hospital, where he helped war veterans who suffered from different forms of dementia. Last summer, he went to the Dominican Republic to help build a school and develop a community in a poverty-stricken city.
Recently, he has won the TD Scholarship for Community Leadership, Canada’s Top 20 Under Twenty Award, the Community Service Impact Award, the Rotaract Club Gold Youth Civic Leadership Award, Kathleen Wynne Community Volunteer Services Award, and the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation National Scholarship and Citizenship Award.
Zameer feels that he best represents the senior student body because he has been “here and there” in the school so he has become friends with a “diverse group of people”.
For his fellow classmates, Zameer hopes that they “will take the steps, the risky ones especially, needed to pursue their dreams. [He] hopes they will be trailblazers regardless of whatever conventions they may break along the way.”
Summiya Asif, a grade 12 student, commented that “He is a very capable guy and it actually satisfies me that he will be saying the speech for my commencement.” She also added that it is Zameer’s strong character that makes her proud of him being voted.
Zameer Bharwani will be attending the University of Waterloo for Nanotechnology Engineering this September. Commencement for MGCI’s class of 2014 is on 26 June.