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2014 Young Female of the Year Award Recipient

Thish Rajapakshe


We don’t know if Thish Rajapakshe has an ‘I’d Rather Be Sailing’ bumper sticker, but having competed in many provincial events, including the 2014 BC Games, she just might! She shares this passion by volunteering as an instructor at the Central Okanagan Sailing Association.

On land, she volunteers at Kelowna General Hospital’s bistro and as a candy striper at Cottonwoods.

Thish was a key founder of OKM’s first LGBTQS alliance – a group that created a safe space for students with big questions. She also helped create the District Council where students from across the city can collaborate about issues in their schools.

As a founder of OKM’s Social Media 4 Change group, Thish learned about grant writing and was successful in obtaining a $15,000 provincial grant and has since gone on to a Youth Digital Literacy summit and spearheaded multiple projects, written press releases and hosted a session on the topic of digital identity.

Add to that volunteering at various City of Kelowna events and being part of OKM’s Social Justice group and you can easily see why her school describes her as a trailblazer.


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