Week 19

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of February 25, 2019

Doga K.


Downsview, for the week of February 25th, your Student of the Week is Doga K.
Doga is in the eleventh grade.

When asked, “what is Downsview spirit?”, several staff members and students responded with these descriptors: tough, blunt, honest, resilient, able to get through hard times, creative, forward-thinking. When Ms De Bono launched Doga's nomination, she saw in Doga “true Downsview spirit”; these qualities were forefront. Let's hear more, from Ms De Bono: “I met Doga a couple of weeks ago for the first time when needing a translator from Turkish to English. Doga dropped what she was doing and rushed to help with the much-needed translation. The newcomer family was welcomed and helped with the necessary paperwork. Later on that morning I saw Doga still with the family offering her support the Downsview way. I felt very proud of Doga, seeing how she stepped in to help leaving behind what she had been doing. Thank you so much for your helpfulness and opening a door where earlier there had been a language barrier.”

Ms Pal adds: “Doga is a strong advocate not only for herself, but she goes out of her way to help fellow students. Recently, she provided translation and moral support for a new student and his family, who spoke only Turkish. Doga demonstrates the initiative to step in when others need help.”

Ms Randhawa says: “I have had the pleasure to teach Doga last semester in Fashion. She is a very hard working and dedicated student. Doga ensures to always keep a positive attitude regardless of the situation. She demonstrates great leadership in the class, with her peers and friends. Thank you for reminding us all to look at tough times as an opportunity to grow! You’re amazing, Doga!”

If you know Doga, you know a young woman who has faced significant health concerns, more daunting than any young person should encounter. Doga has come out on top, and has used her experiences as fodder for growth and for giving. Clearly, Doga is a force to be reckoned with, and Downsview is fortunate to have her.

Doga, congratulations once again on your win as Student of the Week.