Burke wins Ontario junior citizen award
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | Jan. 31, 2019|
Haliburton’s Morgan Burke has been chosen to receive a 2018 Ontario Junior Citizen Award.
The 16-year-old is well-known locally after launching her business, The Birds and the Bees, and for selling her honey to raise money for the Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS).
The latest accolade was announced Jan. 25.
The awards are presented by The Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA).
Burke and 12 other recipients will be recognized during a special ceremony March 18 in Toronto.
In a press release, the OCNA said, “at just 15 years of age, Morgan decided to start her own business combining her love of nature with her desire to provide a valuable product and service. Her goal? To develop a line of products using honey bees as a resource.”
They go on to say how she took courses at Trent University to learn about the process of raising bees and successfully applied for a grant through the Kawartha Summer Company Development program.
She became a regular face at local summer markets and has even participated in the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto where she received awards for best customer service and best booth display.
A year into her entrepreneurship, Morgan began looking for ways to share the success of her business with her community. The “Bee’cause We Care” initiative was born last summer with honey bottled in branded jars supporting HHHS.
The release added that Burke has contributed more than $1,200 to the organization, all while maintaining honour roll as a grade 11 student. For more, see The Birds and The Bees Facebook page.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.