Jordyn Hrenyk becomes the backbone of any group she decides to join.
The Wellington Secondary School graduate leads by example – she puts in more hours than anyone else and keeps everyone else in the group on task.
“Usually I try to stay in the back, making sure everything goes smoothly,” she said.
As student council vice-president, Hrenyk worked to support other council members’ ideas. When it came to organizing events and campaigns, she assigned people tasks based on their strengths, not their friendships.
“What I really liked about student council was managing council itself,” said Hrenyk.
She’s usually a quiet leader, but will speak up when she thinks something is going sideways.
“I kind of know how to get my way,” she said. “Friendships come after to get the job done properly.”
Her drive and competitive nature is also evident on the basketball court – she was captain of the senior girls’ basketball team and her job was to encourage her teammates, keep them motivated and listen to the coach, even when they weren’t winning.
She also coached Grade 7 girls in a program called Future Cats, where the elementary students come to the school once a week throughout May to learn skills on the court and be mentored by older students.
As senior yearbook editor, Hrenyk spent hours of her time putting the finishing touches on the publication.
She likes photo editing the best – adding special effects or adjusting the colour.
Hrenyk got involved in the school’s Global Watch group, which raises awareness about issues affecting different parts of the world, and tutored friends in math.
Her numerous contributions to school and community were recognized by the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce last spring when she was named Junior Citizen of the Year.
Hrenyk sees herself working for a multinational firm somewhere overseas – she wants to see the world – in a management position of some sort.
She’s also interested in pursuing a law degree one day.
“I think it’s a good industry to get into, especially since I like managing,” said Hrenyk.
Teacher John Mandziuk, student council advisor and yearbook coordinator at Wellington, said Hrenyk’s determination and drive ensured that many projects got done and done well at the school this year.
“She’ll put in the hard work that others don’t want to do,” he said. “In everything she does, she’s the go-to person. She’s really out there to make a difference.”