Be a Hero. Be a Voice for Affordable Housing

Assumption Secondary School students win top prize at 2012 Be a Hero awards

2012 Be A Hero Winner
Back Row from left to right: Noah Boyd, Justin Brookes, Nick Ponikvar
Front Row from left to right: Rick Craven (Halton Community Housing Corporation President & Regional Councillor), Patricia Geronimo, Ms. Santucci, Charmain Tulloch, Craig Kielburger (co-founder of Free The Children and Me to We)

The winners of the 6th annual Be a Hero. Be a Voice for Affordable Housing contest were announced at an awards ceremony held the evening of November 21, 2012. A class from Assumption Secondary School in Burlington won first place for their YouTube video entitled “Home”. External Link

Halton Region would like to thank all the youth who contributed their time and energy to create a submission for the Be a Hero contest.

Thank you as well, to the parents/guardians, teachers and community partners who are supporting youth to get the message out about affordable housing in Halton.



You are all heroes!


2012 Be a Hero contest winners
Craig Kielburger speaks at Be a Hero ceremony
2012 Be a Hero Sponsors

2012 Be a Hero Contest Winners

The Be a Hero contest challenges Halton youth (ages 14-18) to use their creativity to raise awareness about the issues of affordable housing and homelessness in Halton. Over 160 youth participated in this year’s contest. Check out the YouTube submissions for the contest on our Be a Hero YouTube channel!

As first place winner, Assumption Secondary School wins $1000 for their submission. The additional prizes were awarded as follows:

  • 2nd Place:  Cheryl Joseph from Iroquois Ridge High School (Oakville) for her poem “The Hard Way” ($500)
  • 3rd Place:   Kylie Pinder from Nelson High School (Burlington) for her 3D model display “Everyone Deserves a Home” ($250)
  • 4th Place:   Mayuri Mahendran from Iroquois Ridge High School (Oakville) for the book “A Place to Call Home” ($100)
  • 5th Place:   A group of students from Craig Kielburger Secondary School (Milton) for their YouTube video External Link about a youth struggling to find a home (Andrew Annis, Stephen Groulx-Mustafa, Sarah MacKay and Celena MacMaster) ($100)
  • Be a Hero Spirit Award:  Iroquois Ridge High School for the highest number of participants in the contest
The Be a Hero contest challenges Halton youth (ages 14-18) to use their creativity to raise awareness about the issues of affordable housing and homelessness in Halton. Over 160 youth participated in this year’s contest. Check out the YouTube submissions for the contest on our Be a Hero YouTube channel!

Be a Hero Contest Winners Photos


Craig Kielburger Speaks at the Be a Hero Awards Ceremony

Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children  External Link and Me to We  External Link was the keynote speaker at this year’s awards ceremony. Craig shared his powerful message of how one person can make a world of difference. Craig has inspired thousands of youth across the world and has worked with international leaders to raise awareness about poverty and social justice.

2012 Be a Hero Sponsors

The 2012 Be a Hero Contest is sponsored by: