The Alberta Northern Lights Volunteer Recognition Program honours the everyday heroes who are helping to make life better in communities across the province.
Recently, Deep Braich, a 17-year-old Calgary teen, is recognized by Alberta Northern Lights for her volunteer initiative YYC Youth Helping Youth, which connects young women in Alberta with feminine hygiene items during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deep Braich is a Grade 12 student at Queen Elizabeth High School in Calgary. She heard from several female friends and acquaintances that they were having trouble accessing hygiene items because their families were struggling financially or they were self-isolating due to COVID-19.
Starting with her own money saved from 3 years of summer jobs, babysitting, and tutoring, Deep began to assemble kits with feminine hygiene products for young girls around Calgary.
Once the word started to spread, others began to offer help to Deep. With donations of supplies from members of her community and high school as well as financial support from the Calgary Women’s Cultural Association, she has now assembled over 200 kits!
Word of the Day:
Acquaintance: a person whom you know slightly but who is not a close friend of yours.
Read more about Deep’s story here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/deep-braich-calgary-pandemic-alberta-award-1.5704313