Local Grade 12 student Robyn Whynot is among those being honoured with the Respectful Citizenship Award on Feb. 26.
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Robyn Whynot receives the Lt. Governor's Award from Lt. Governor J.J. Grant.
Promoting healthy living with a community garden, creating anti-bullying committees, raising awareness about the value of cross-cultural diversity, and championing inclusivity in the classroom are some of the initiatives Nova Scotia students are using to promote respectful citizenship.
"I was impressed by the recipients' passion and dedication to making their schools, communities and the province safe and accepting places," said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. "These students are the leaders of tomorrow, but they have started to make a difference today. Their work is to be commended and they are very deserving of this honour."
The award recognizes students who demonstrate leadership and commitment to creating safe and inclusive spaces, where bullying behaviour is not accepted, and respectful and responsible relationships are promoted. It is the first award created during Lt.-Gov. Grant's tenure.
As president and co-chair of the Youth Advisory Council, Robyn freely devotes her time to identify for youth, the health services available to them, in the community. She strives to provide opportunities for youth to be actively involved in a wide-variety of activities both at school and in the community.
Robyn was an active member of the Respect, Empathy and Positivity Committee at her school. The committee organized an anti-bullying awareness week . As part of the committee she spoke in Ottawa and spoke on Hepatitis C and how it affects people world-wide.
Robyn is deeply connected and proud of her Miâ€™Kmaw culture and honours this heritage by sharing her knowledge and history with her classmates. She believes that building respectful relationships is the key to preservation of a personâ€™s culture.
Of the 126 students nominated for the award, 68, both individual and as teams, were selected for 16 awards, two for each school board in the province. They were chosen 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 FÃ©dÃ©ration des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Ã‰cosse.
For more information, visit http://antibullying.novascotia.ca/ns-lieutenant-governors-respectful-citizenship-award .