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Awards: Youth Awards

awards: Each grouping highlights individual, group and youth awards.article continues below Trending Stories Social media flooded with claims of insurance fraudster' at parking lots in Metro Vancouver First Nations groups decry Colten Boushie murder trial verdict Orca punts seal 80 feet in the air VIDEO Vancouver police officer going for Olympic goldrelated Part 6 As city transforms, First Nations elders see improvement but also much work ahead Students back Marpole modular housing project2017 Newsmaker of the Year Fentanyl Recipients are nominated by the public, vetted via a peer review committee and confirmed by council members who assess influence, impact and achievements, according to Vancouver Courier. Thursday's winners included Mayor's Achievement Award Youth Marpole Students for Modular Housing The Sir Winston Churchill Secondary school students have supported modular housing for homeless people in their neighbourhood, staged rallies and encouraged conversation among the many competing voices in the area. The Awards of Excellence highlight individual residents, businesses and community groups for their efforts across five platforms diversity and inclusion, environmentalism, accessibility, volunteerism and health activism. Individual Vanessa Richards An artist and community engagement facilitator, Richards is the founder of for the Woodward's Community Singers, drop-in, no-cost choir based downtown. Organization The Overdose Prevention Society OPS The society runs a volunteer-led harm reduction and overdose prevention site in the Downtown Eastside that works to reduce the rash of opioid-related deaths in the city. Her volunteer work posts include the city's Black History Month Committee, Hogan's Alley Working Group and Big Sisters. ( As reported in the news.