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Jordan Sidoo Awarded Michael Cuccione Foundation’s 2015 “Leader of Tomorrow” Scholarship

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Jordan Sidoo Receives Michael Cuccione Foundation’s 2015 “Leader of Tomorrow” Scholarship

For the past several years, Jordan Sidoo has dedicated considerable time and effort to a fundraising cause that is very dear to his heart – breakfast programs in elementary and secondary schools in the New Westminster and Vancouver areas of BC. Jordan has raised and donated thousands of dollars to support breakfast clubs in the schools and ensure that children start the day with a nutritious breakfast.

Jordan says he had a privileged life, so helping pay for breakfast for needy children “is the least I can do.”

Domenic and Gloria Cuccione of the Michael Cuccione Foundation recognized Jordan’s efforts and on July 20th, 2015 at the reception for the 5th Annual MOJ’s Whistler Shootout Golf Tournament, present Jordan the “ Leader of Tomorrow” Scholarship Award for his positive outlook and unyielding drive to succeed in the face of adversity.

Since 1997 the Michael Cuccione Foundation has been raising research dollars to help find the cure for cancer. Michael James Cuccione was born on January 5th 1985 in Burnaby, British Columbia and was blessed with many talents: he was a singer, songwriter, a dancer, actor, and motivational speaker and became a dedicated crusader for the fight against childhood cancer. He once described his life as almost perfect with a loving family: father Domenic, mother Gloria, his sister Sophia and younger brother Steve.

Michael fought a personal battle against childhood cancer and from the beginning declared he wanted to make a difference. He wrote his own songs that would give people hope and help raise funds for childhood cancer research, produced his own CD and called it “Make A Difference”, and by the age of eleven years old he raised $130,000 in CD sales. A meeting was set up with the President at BC Children’s Hospital and when Michael sat down he was asked, “What do you want to do with the money you have raised?” Michael said, “I want to fund the young researchers because if we don’t we won’t have them in the future”. The President almost fell off her chair with the incredible insight. This is how the Michael Cuccione Foundation began.

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Michael Cuccione Foundation’s 2015 “Leader of Tomorrow” Scholarship

Although Michael won his battle with this disease, he passed away at the tender age of 16 due to respiratory complications; however, he continues to “Make A Difference” through the legacy of his foundation.

For more information about the Michael Cuccione Foundation visit www.michaelcuccione.biz/?user=GD

David Sidoo

Goldie Dhillon – Director – Team Punjabi/Executive Director – Prime Televsion, David Sidoo and Kulwinder (Kal) Dosanjh – VPD Detective.

David Sidoo, a highly decorated athlete in university and professional football, has never forgotten his roots and is extremely dedicated to promoting youth in sport within his community in Vancouver, BC and the surrounding area.

Recently David was recognized by two different organizations for his contributions to athletics.

Goldie Dhillon, Director of Team Punjabi and Executive Director of Prime Television awarded David the Sports Life Time Achievment Award on behalf of the Kidsplay Foundation for his contribution to the sport of football as a South East Asian. David had a memorable 5-year career with the UBC Thunderbirds, including captaining the team to its 1982 Vanier Cup victory. He went on to be the first Indo-Canadian to play in the CFL and spent five years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and one year with the BC Lions.

Kids Play is a non profit organization working towards keeping kids away from the lifestyle of drugs, gangs, and violence. Kids Play holds sports tournaments, conferences, and other projects for the youth community to learn about the opportunities they can seize within life. The organization is operated by leaders from all across the Lower Mainland wanting to bring a positive change within the community. Kids Play believes their work will allow the youth to discover the potential they have within themselves to reach greater heights in any aspect of life.

For more information about Kids Play visit www.kidsplayfoundation.com

Kulwinder (Kal) Dosanjh – VPD Detective and Councillor Candidate for the City of Surrey, BC – was on hand to present David with the Vancouver Police Athletic League Youth Soccer Tournament Sponsor Recognition Trophy. Each year the Vancouver Police Athletic League (PAL) organizes a soccer tournament for children attending elementary schools in the Downtown Eastside and East Vancouver. In 2015 close to 1000 children participated. These events wouldn’t be possible without the support of many sponsors and community partners, including David Sidoo.

The Vancouver Police Athletic League (PAL) is a youth crime prevention initiative that uses athletic, recreational and educational programs as a tool to foster positive rapport and mutual trust between police officers and youth.

The objectives of PAL are:

  • to provide a safe and supervised environment for kids, giving them an opportunity to work with police officers, who serve as positive role models
  • to introduce after-school activities that are coordinated, coached and taught to local youths by police officers
  • to promote integrity, respect, fairness and the development of a positive self-image.
  • to assist and encourage youths to become involved in community sports and activities
  • to enhance self-esteem and motivation
  • to promote the learning of successful interpersonal and other skills that help prevent youth crime

For more information about the Vancouver Police Athletic League (PAL) visit vancouver.ca/police/community-policing/youth-outreach/police-athletic-league.html