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Northern Lights recipient – Marigold Mioc

On September 14, 2023, Marigold Mioc was recognized for her outstanding volunteerism in support of social justice initiatives.

Marigold Mioc

Location: Calgary, Alberta

Anyone who has suggested that “youth is wasted on the young” has yet to be introduced to Marigold Mioc. The positive impact that this Calgary 13-year-old has had on her community and on those in need of support would amaze even the most seasoned volunteer and Marigold is just getting started.

Her creative and entrepreneurial skills along with a passion for social justice is a potent mix and a formula for action. In 2015, Marigold signed on for a Group 5 Sponsorship, using the proceeds of her headband making business to help a family fleeing the horrors of war in Syria to make their way to Canada.

Marigold also lends her support to many of the most vulnerable in her community as volunteer with Love with Humanity since its inception in 2018, supporting the non-profits network of outdoor community libraries, food banks and clothing kiosks. Her interest in education has led to her involvement with Engineers Without Borders, where she advocates for career opportunities for women and girls in STEM-related industries and with HundrED, a global initiative to provide quality educational opportunities to children around the world. Marigold also serves as Youth Ambassador for the United Way and Gems for Gems, a non-profit providing educational programming and support to survivors of domestic abuse. 

From delivering food hampers during the COVID-19 pandemic, to being a voice for young people at international conferences in Europe, Africa and across Canada, Marigold’s volunteerism is a driven by a desire to make a difference and to encourage other young people to step up in support of the causes they believe in. Like the Northern Lights that stretch broadly across the night sky, Marigold Mioc is reaching out to touch lives across her community and around the world.

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