For the past 17 years, Aisha Brereton has been coaching basketball at St. Ursula Catholic School, where she played hoops and was a shot put champion.
The young woman was recently recognized for her labour of love with an Ontario Leading Women/Leading Cities, Building Communities Award. Established in 2006, the award recognizes women and girls whose exceptional leadership has improved the lives of others in their communities.
Provincial Ministers Tracy MacCharles and Mitzie Hunter made the presentation to Brereton and seven other females at a tea party in Guildwood Village.
“I have been coaching at St. Ursula since I was eight years old and it’s something that I really enjoy doing,” she said. “I have coached so many young people including family members over the years.”
The school’s principal, Ingrid McEachen, nominated Brereton for the award.
“Not quite certain what career to pursue after completing high school, Aisha decided to continue coaching the elementary school team,” said her proud mother, Gail Williams. “Her contributions are valued at the school.”
A graduate of Blessed Pope John Paul II Catholic Secondary School, Brereton intends to start post-secondary education in September.
“I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and I didn’t want to rush into something and then pull out,” she said. “I love event planning and working with young people and I am going to pursue a program where I can utilize my strengths.”
Also honoured with awards were Natasha Morris, Jenna Harris, Nadya Lim-Douglas, Jahanvi Pandit, Nyssa Duncan, Jennie Lyn-Town and lifelong Scarborough East resident, Roxanne Wright, who was a Toronto District School trustee candidate in the last municipal elections.
A self-employed entrepreneur, actress and professional model, Wright is a coach and mentor at the East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club and a Toronto Parole Board volunteer.