The Jamaican Canadian Association honoured Malvern area men earlier this month.
During their 10th annual fundraising brunch on Feb. 8 awards were given out to recognize positive role models in the community.
Nathaniel McLarty, who studies accounting at Centennial College, received the award after he and a friend were recommended by their pastor.
“It was quite an honour. We were happy for him, we were pleased,” said his mother, Cheryl.
The 18-year-old entrepreneur already has experience running his own small landscaping and haircutting businesses. He has been succeeded both in and out of school despite the distractions and difficulties associated with living in an area with a reputation like Malvern’s.
“Right on our block there were quite a few shootings,” McLarty said.
He received the award because his accomplishments serve as an example to youth in the area who are hoping to follow a positive path.
“It’s good to see that someone is looking out and saying yes it is possible for the kids to do well,” Cheryl McLarty said.
“All they have to be is encouraged and pushed and supported to do that.”