Swensson nominees: Brian Portner (R.E. Mountain)
His school’s student council president, Brian Portner has been regarded as one of the school’s most committed and involved students since he arrived in Grade 8.
Five years later, he achieves straight A’s and ranks second in the demanding International Baccalaureate program.
A leader both on and off the field, he has been a member of Mountain’s cross-country and track and field teams since Grade 9.
Training twice a week for both sports, he keeps the teams on track by helping with practices, arranging rides, collecting forms, and motivating his fellow athletes.
Since 2012, Matson has volunteered at Langley Memorial Hospital where he is a leader with the VolunTEEN program. A Sunday School teacher at his church, he also contributes to his school’s Restorative Action team, is a Township of Langley recreation volunteer, and has achieved the silver standard of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.