Ron Lenyk Winners 2018
Mason Victoria is a jazz composer, arranger, conductor, and trumpeter. He’s the director of the 21-piece band, the Sonuskapos Jazz Orchestra, which pushes the limits of
One of Mason’s recommenders for the award wrote, “When you see Mason immersed in his music, what stands out is his passion, and his adventurous (but not reckless) approach to whatever he does, and it is a passion which inspires everyone around him.”
Mason says that receiving this award will allow him to bring exposure to The Sonuskapos Jazz Orchestra (
Category: Visual Art
Selena Xu is in the seventh grade at St Rose of Lima Separate School. At the age of 6, she began playing the Chinese Zither, a 21-stringed plucked instrument. When she was only 7 years old, she scored one of the highest marks on the grade 4 music exam. She went on to win awards at the Kiwanis Toronto Music
Selena sees her music performances as a way to share her Chinese culture and to build
In addition to playing music, Selena is also a French immersion student and a member of the Sea Cadets.
Pujita Verma is a student at Glenforest Secondary and is a spoken word poet, who has shared original work in-print and onstage, and recited poetry at school events, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, the Isabel Bader Theatre, Mississauga City Hall, CBC Radio and Television, and poetry slams across the GTA.
Pujita says that she is inspired by the power of poetry to break barriers and give a voice to issues otherwise overlooked. Her poetry reflects culture, self-identity, life, family, and the miraculous nature of seemingly ordinary things.
As a volunteer with Ink Movement Canada, she shares her passion for poetry with high school students across the Peel Region. She was recently appointed as Mississauga’s second Youth Poet Laureate for 2018 to 2020.
Winning this award will help Pujita pursue literary arts in a post-secondary program, and will support her efforts to have her work published.