Guysborough student receives Respectful Citizenship Award

Promoting Mi'kmaq culture, fighting poverty and raising awareness of issues facing the transgender community are some of the ways Nova Scotia students are promoting respectful citizenship.


Students from across the province will attend a ceremony at Government House on National Anti-bullying Day, Wednesday, Feb. 25, to receive the second Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award. Among the 11 individual winners is MacKenzie Cook, a student at Guysborough Academy.


"Young people across the province are taking action to address the difficult issues facing their schools and communities," said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. "It is my great honour to recognize these brave and compassionate students for their outstanding achievements and to thank them for inspiring people of all ages to work towards a more inclusive society."


The award recognizes students who demonstrate leadership and commitment to creating safe and inclusive spaces, where bullying is not accepted and respectful, responsible relationships are promoted. Public schools, the Mi'Kmaw Kina'matnewey Board and home schooled students registered with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development or enrolled in private school could make nominations.


Recipients were selected by an advisory committee of representatives from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Nova Scotia Teachers Union, Nova Scotia School Board Association, Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations and La Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse.


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