Cory Monteith may have passed away from a drug overdose almost a year ago, but his legacy of helping others continues to live on. This year, he will be honored at Canada’s Eva’s Awards for Ending Youth Homelessness as the awards will be given in his memory, according to Marketwatch.
Teen homelessness was a cause that Cory was very passionate about, especially since he struggled as a teenager, too. While he was still alive, Cory was a Virgin Unite ambassador and helped raise over $200,000 for at-risk youth programs. This isn’t the first time Cory will be recognized for his work, either — in 2012, Cory won a Do Something award for his advocacy for homeless teens.
Eva’s Awards are $25,000 prizes given to four different community groups who have fought to end homelessness in their communities as they helped at-risk youth find jobs and places to live. It’s awesome that the organization will be remembering Cory this way! While he was still here, he definitely left his mark.
“We are very happy that this year’s awards will be given as a tribute to the wonderful Cory Monteith,” Virgin Unite CEO Jean Oelwang said. “Through his dedication and commitment, Cory improved the lives of thousands of homeless youth, both in Canada and the United States. He set an example for giving back and we would like to thank Eva’s Initiatives, the Sprott Foundation, as well as Cory’s family for agreeing to commemorate his name, spirit, and compassion.”
We’re thankful to Cory for the positive ways he changed the world, even though his life was short. We’ll never forget him, and neither will all the people he helped!