oyyam-scholarship-2016-bannerCongratulations to our two winners of the 2016 OYYAM Scholarship!

2016 Mary Clarin
Full Name: Mary Elizabeth Kim Maybituin Clarin
Nick Name(s): “Kim”
Parish: St. Joseph Parish, Port Moody
High School: Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School
School in September: Simon Fraser University
Area of Study: Faculty of Health Sciences

“God only gives three answers to prayers: Yes, Not yet, or I have something better in mind.”

Food: Anything chocolate
Book: Come Be My Light (compiled private writings of Mother Teresa and commentary by Brian Kolodiejchuk)
Music: Praise and Worship, Disney Sound Tracks, or any 90s/00s throw-back songs!

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

– Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Colour: Purple
Scripture Passage: 1 John 4:16-19


What is your career goal?  How does what you’ll be studying fit into it?

Currently, I am on the path to earning credits for a Bachelor in Science with a Communications Minor. I want to combine my love of sciences and social justice by eventually achieving a Doctorate and working for non-profit organizations such as Red Cross.

What was your reaction when you found out you had won the OYYAM Scholarship?

Hearing the news was surreal but when it finally sunk in I managed to hold in the shrieks and dancing until after I hung up the phone (probably saving Clay from a broken ear drum haha!) I was, and still am, unbelievably honoured to be recognized from so many amazing applicants. It is so humbling to know that the Lord is encouraging me on my path of discipleship through the support of the Archdiocese. Ad maiorem Dei gloriam.

How did you hear about the OYYAM Scholarship and why did you apply?

I first heard of the scholarship through friends I’ve made in serving repeatedly for Spirit Day. All year I have made it one of my priorities to apply for as many scholarships as possible to lessen university’s financial burden on my parents and myself. Ultimately, I also love the mission of OYYAM and thought it would be a great honour to have their support in pursuing the same mission as I enter post secondary.

Who and what are the biggest influences in your life?

Jesus Christ, my favourite adventure partner, has been the greatest influence in my life. His unconditional, unwavering mercy has blessed me with an overflowing cup and has inspired me to love as He loves everyone.

His presence is clearly evident within my parents, my youth groups, my parish priests, my Social Justice teacher and my school’s Youth Ministry coordinator; all of whom have greatly supported me in striving to become the woman God intended me to be.

Alongside these beautiful people, my patron saint, Thérèse of Lisieux as well as Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta have been and will continue to be the superheroes that inspire me to be bold in seeking holiness.

What are you looking forward to most about school next year?

I am extremely excited to be able to devote more time to my outreach and volunteering activities. In addition, I am really looking forward to growing in faith through Catholic Christian Outreach and the Couples for Christ Youth Ministry.

What do you think of the OYYAM and its ministry and the impact it has on the young church?

OYYAM IS AMAZING! Personally, it has played an integral role in the development of my Catholic faith! Since first experiencing the possible joy to be found in faith at my grade seven Spirit Day, then discovering my true worth as a child of God at Searching in the Spirit, my life has been transformed. Every year, OYYAM dedicates itself to providing countless opportunities for youth to grow further in love with their faith. Nurturing the next generation of Catholics, OYYAM plays an integral role in shaping the compassionate, courageous and persevering hearts of the future of the Catholic Church.

2016 Amy Wack
Full Name: Amy Lee Wack
Nick Name(s): “Angry Amy”
Parish: St. Nicholas Parish, Langley
High School: Mother of Divine Grace School
School in September: Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Area of Study: Music – Piano
Food: Caesar salad
Book: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R.Tolkien or Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Music: Praise and worship, any musical theater soundtrack, or Taylor Swift!

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”

– St. Catherine of Siena

Colour: Purple
Scripture Passage:

Colossians 3:12


What is your career goal?  How does what you’ll be studying fit into it?

I want to teach piano, either privately or at a music school. I’ve taught piano to a number of students since I was fourteen, and it’s something I love to do and am very passionate about. I am really looking forward to increasing my performing and teaching skills so I can work as a teacher full time in the future! For my degree I am planning to major in piano pedagogy, which is directed toward teaching piano, so it really fits into my career goal!

What was your reaction when you found out you had won the OYYAM Scholarship?

I was super exhausted because I had just come home from the opening night performance of a play I was in, and my mom said that there was a phone call I needed to make. I was kind of confused, and slightly annoyed, because it was ten at night and I wanted to go to bed, but then I saw Clay’s name and number, and I flipped out because I guessed that I had won the scholarship!  I was (and am!) so, so excited, because of the financial help it gives me, but also because being involved in OYYAM has made such an impact on my life and I feel so blessed to be recognized by them in this way! My annoyance at having to make a phone call disappeared very, very quickly.

How did you hear about the OYYAM Scholarship and why did you apply?

I have been a frequent visitor on the OYYAM website ever since I went to Searching in the Spirit in grade seven! It was promised that pictures from the camp would be posted there, so I checked every day for months, and just got in the habit of visiting the site and I did for years (on a side note the pictures were never actually posted there…!). So, I’ve seen the application and winners for the scholarships for a while and was very excited in grade twelve when I was finally old enough to apply.

Who and what are the biggest influences in your life?

Wow, this is such a big question! Well, my family, and my friends who always push me to grow and to love more, especially the friends who I’ve been on leadership teams with, both with OYYAM and at my parish. The youth ministers and leaders I have known throughout high school! There have been so many leaders who continually remind me that life with God is good, who love me as I am, challenge me to grow, and who inspire me to love other people more through the way that I see them constantly love others! I will always be so thankful for those leaders who gave their time and commitment to youth ministry, it truly changed, and continues to change, my life! My theater group, who really taught me to focus on glorifying God in all I do. So many more things and people have influenced me, but those are the top!

What are you looking forward to most about school next year?

I am looking forward to a very different approach to education! Since I’ve been homeschooled my whole life, going to a “real” school will be a new experience for me. I’m also looking forward to being able to put all of my focus on music, especially aspects of music, like ear training and music history, that I’ve never had the time to really dive into!

What do you think of the OYYAM and its ministry and the impact it has on the young church?

OYYAM is absolutely amazing!! It has an incredible impact on the young church in this archdiocese. It brings youth together and shows them that the Church is alive, young, growing, and joyful. Not only does it touch peoples’ hearts through events and camps, but it also gives youth the opportunity to minister to others, involving them in the Church and helping them grow in their leadership skills and relationship with Christ. Through their own events, but also all the support that they give individual parish youth programs, OYYAM changes the lives of a vast number of teens and young adults in this archdiocese. I am so blessed to have grown up here! I have been to other diocese where there is no youth ministry office whatsoever, and I can honestly say that if I had not had the opportunity to be a part of youth ministry, through OYYAM and my parish, there is no way I would be invested in my faith now!

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