Congratulations to the seven members of SAERC’s Girls Taking Action team who recently received a 2019 Lieutenant Governor’s Respectful Citizenship Award. The team is comprised of students Erica Kehoe, Tessa MacIsaac, MacKenzie Chisholm, Destinee MacInnis, Grace Embree, Lauren Burton and Josie Melnick. The Award was presented by at a ceremony held in Halifax on Friday, May 10, 2019.
The 2019 Lieutenant Governor’s Respectful Citizenship Award recognizes youth who have developed a project or activity that demonstrates leadership and commitment to creating safe and inclusive spaces in schools and communities in Nova Scotia. The SAERC students received the Award in recognition of their leadership and work with the group, Girls Taking Action.
Through a series of student-led workshops, the Girls Taking Action team was able to promote safe, inclusive and empowering environments for girls. This group of seven young women have organized and facilitated two Girls Summits, hosting young women from local communities. Their collective work has also included many presentations, focused on empowering young women, in conferences such as the Mount Saint Vincent Girls Conference. As young women themselves, they can relate to struggles that other women are going through, and this has been their guiding focus.