SAERC’s Girls Taking Action Team Receive Lieutenant Governor’s Respectful Citizenship Award

Girls Taking Action Team Members Erica Kehoe; Tessa MacIsaac; MacKenzie Chisholm; The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia; The Honourable Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development; Girls Taking Action Team Members, Destinee MacInnis, Grace Embree, Lauren Burton and Josie Melnick (Left to Right)

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 His Honour, The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia 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.

Background:
Created in 2013 by then Lieuten
ant Governor Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, the Lieutenant Governor’s Respectful Citizenship Award recognizes young people who show outstanding leadership and commitment to fostering inclusive environments in their schools and communities. The award is administered by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and is open to students in grade primary to 12 who attend public and private schools, are home schooled and registered with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.