In day four of our CKPG Valedictorian Series, we met up with another unique student at D.P. Todd Secondary who continues to give back to her community.
For Amanda Hanley, sharing her knowledge with others is what keeps her going day after day. The Valedictorian says she wouldn’t be anywhere without the love and support of her fellow classmates. “I think it’s important to give back what you’ve received so when you’re brought up in a great community with great people around you, you kind of desire to be that person to other younger people.”
The Grade 12 Student spends most of her spare time tutoring others who need a little extra help with their studies. Working with Grade 8 Student, Nathan Bennett, she managed to not only improve his grades, but change his entire outlook on life. “She helped me understand that there’s a lot more in school than just work,” said Bennett. “I basically struggled through behaviour issues until I realized that Amanda helped me out by getting through math and she helped me understand that I can do better than that.”
Moving forward, Hanley will study Psychology as she moves on to the University of Victoria in September. She says she’s fascinated by human interaction. “You sit down and help others with their homework, but you also talk about what’s going on in their life,” Hanley said. “You find out what helps them and what doesn’t help them and relate that to their experience in class.”
Hanley’s classroom experience is sometimes a very talkative one, while other times, she keeps quiet. It has taught her teacher, Jose Pereira, to be more patient. “Sometimes there’s a reason for silence and that’s one of the things she’s taught me, is that ‘I’m thinking about this, I’m not saying much, but I’m thinking about it.'”
In the end, Hanley’s final message to her graduating class at D.P. Todd is a simple one. “It’s OK if you’re the most important person in your life at some points,” she said. “Especially those who are graduating this year, these next few years are about finding who you are and just remembering that you are worthy and you are worthy of good things.”