2013 Young Male Citizen of the Year Award Recipient
Like many Kelowna teens, winter weekends mean John Charlton gets to go skiing. But unlike most, when John goes skiing, he finds himself piloting a sit ski. For the past three years, John has volunteered with the Powderhounds Adaptive Ski Association, enabling disabled skiers to swoosh down the hill alongside their able bodied friends and family. A grade 12 Kelowna Secondary student, John volunteered over 150 hours with the Powderhounds in 2013.
Even before Spring arrived and the skis got put away, John was volunteering his time with the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue. Evenings and weekends have often been taken up with training courses, skill development and rescue callout duties. In 2013 alone he put in some 350 hours with this one organization.
At home, he helps out with his younger brother, born with Autism, and volunteers to assist at his church.
An avid rugby player, Jonathon volunteered as assistant coach for the KLO middle school’s rugby team, attending all the games, practices and tournament.
Despite all his volunteer and family duties, Jonathon still manages to keep a high academic average of over 80%.