Sunny Bui is the 2011 Pete Swensson Outstanding Community Youth Award.
A Grade 12 student at Aldergrove Community Secondary, Sunny has played junior and senior basketball and rugby, making the rugby Fraser Valley and Provincial qualifiers, playing on the Fraser Valley District Championship team, and being named his school’s most committed player in rugby backs. Sunny has earned the AA Athletic Award every year since Grade 8, along with the Athletic Director’s Award and an Outstanding Leadership Award for basketball.
An Honour Roll student every year, he is his ACSS’s Student Council President, and excels in the theatre. A youth representative on the Township of Langley’s Recreation, Culture, and Parks Advisory Committee, he also serves on the Township’s Youth Advisory Committee. Sunny has placed in the top 15% of students in the district and was awarded a diploma from the French Ministry of Education. He currently volunteers at Abbotsford Menno Hospital, helped with the BC Summer Games, and served as a Spirit Leader at his school for three years.
As well, Sunny was part of the Thunder Down Under Australia Ruby Tour in 2009 – 2010, has received a Superintendent’s Award for his excellent work habits, and was a School District 35 Leadership Conference Spirit Leader and Organizer. Sunny has served on a number of Township Advisory Committees, earned awards for highest marks and outstanding leadership, and is known as a natural leader who earns respect through his integrity, determination, and passion for anything he does.
The Pete Swensson Outstanding Community Youth Award is given to a Langley student in Grades 8 to 12, from one of the area’s secondary schools, in recognition of his or her athletic, scholastic, and community efforts. Personal qualities such as leadership, work ethic, and initiative play a major role in the evaluation process.
Pete Swensson was an internationally recognized athlete and photographer, an outstanding member of the Langley community, and the Township of Langley’s first Recreation Director. He was the originator of the Langley Walk, which will be held on May 1 of this year in Brookswood. Swensson was committed to the overall development of youth, and this award is named in his honour.
The six nominees this year were Larry Blyth, Sunny Bui, Lydia Cram, Dixon Leroux, Jennifer Newman and Desiree Wallace.