Stats: 18, Senior at Pierre Savard School in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- “Respect” award recipient
- Minister of School Spirit
- Co-host on a 13 episode segment of “Heart to Heart”
- Member of a Pilot Project at Pierre Savard, anti-bullying club
“As cheesy as it is to say, my mom is the biggest inspiration in my life. She inspires me by her actions and her reactions to situations. We all know that we learn better when someone lives his or her words,” says Miray.
How it began:
Miray Fanous was born in Egypt and moved to Canada when she was four years old. She is fluent in three languages, Arabic, French, and English. Miray partnered with her priest, Father Anthony to create a script and co-host a 13 episode segment called “Heart to Heart,” where they talked about the structures of the heart and related it spiritually with the hopes of improving spirituality in teens.
She’s an active volunteer serving in bake sales, fundraisers, sandwich runs for the homeless, and Sunday school. Miray gives a lot of credit to her dad for helping her not settle for the minimum. She jokes that if required to serve 40 hours of community service, “My dad would say, ‘Oh no, you’re not doing 40, you’re doing 400.’” Miray says that kind of mindset has helped her to be an overachiever.
At Pierre Savard School, Miray is an honor student, a member of the student council serving as a minister of school spirit. She’s an active volunteer at her church
She’s a member of a pilot project at her school, advocating for anti-bullying. “It’s a new anti-bullying club that is creating a school application for phones and is helping students be more aware of bullying around them,” says Miray.
Miray hopes to follow after her mom’s footsteps by establishing a career in the healthcare profession and is currently looking at schools in Otahaw, Boston, or Albany for pharmacy.
“A lot of my friends think I’m weird because my family’s so close,” says Miray. Her family is used to dropping all of their electronics during family time, which is a habit that she believes has helped them all to be so close-knit. “I’m very proud of the time we invest together as a family. Quality time spent on inner family matters helps to create great and healthy relationship bonds,” says Miray.
Miray’s parents Magy Beshay and Maged Fanous are most proud of her daughter Miray’s ambitious work ethic and willingness to assume responsibility.
“From a young age, we emphasized the importance of high level education and how it may impact her future,” Magy states. “We consciously try to lead by example as well as plant and enrich the good morals.”
Parent to Parent:
Both Magy and Maged were brought up in a supportive environment, ideal for their growth and development. “Our parents provided excellent support and help whether by advice or financial support,” says Magy.
Miray’s parents found the value in their parents’ support. They advise other parents to “provide loving and healthy environment and lead by example.”